Dodgers earn 4th straight vic­tory

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WASHINGTON— Any shred of doubt the Dodgers ab­sorbed from their 11-game los­ing streak has been em­phat­i­cally erased.

Af­ter their fourth win in a row, 3-2 over the Na­tional League East-champion Na­tion­als on Satur­day, the Dodgers cranked up the hip-hop in the club­house and spoke ex­cit­edly about be­ing back on track to­ward mak­ing this a mem­o­rable year.

Cody Bellinger hit his 38th homer to match the NL sin­gle­sea­son record for rook­ies, and the Dodgers clinched a se­cond straight se­ries win on the heels of their hor­rific skid.

“You never feel as if doubt creeps in (with) a team this tal­ented, but I guess the way we were go­ing that might have creeped in a lit­tle bit,” man­ager Dave Roberts ac­knowl­edged. “To win a se­ries (against the Gi­ants) in the Bay Area — which we very rarely do — and come here against a very good team, we’re try­ing to get that swag­ger back.” Con­sider it done. Chase Ut­ley had two dou­bles and scored twice to help the Dodgers re­duce their magic num­ber for win­ning the NL West to five. Rich Hill and five re­liev­ers com­bined on a four-hit­ter.

“You can see the con­vic­tion be­hind ev­ery play, ev­ery swing and ev­ery pitch,” said Hill, who al­lowed one hit in five in­nings and struck out seven. “Ev­ery­body feel good and con­tin­ues to do the work.”

The Dodgers also moved seven games ahead of the Na­tion­als in the race to se­cure home-field ad­van­tage through­out the NL play­offs.

“Home-field ad­van­tage is a plus, but re­gard­less of where you’re play­ing you’ve got to play good,” Roberts said.

In ad­di­tion to his sec­ondin­ning homer, Bellinger drove in a run with his sin­gle in the third.

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