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Dodgers use five homers to beat Padres, 8-4, push lead to 7 1/2 games

Dodgers use five homers to beat Padres, 8-4, push lead to 7 1/2 games

It was home run or go home. The Dodgers’ offense has been surprisingly reliant on the long ball all season. When they’re sending baseballs over fences, they win a lot of games. If they Padres had any doubt, the Dodgers provided a little additional education Friday night, hitting five home runs to power their way to an 8-4 victory at Petco Park. With the Giants losing their seventh consecutive game, the Dodgers increased their lead in the National League West to 7½ games. The Dodgers had only 10 hits, but when half are homers, that’s a lot of offense. The Padres tried to get with the program –- all but one of their hits were homers, but then they had...

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