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Dodgers offense erupts to take finale with Giants

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Yasmani Grandal did something on Sunday that no Dodgers catcher had done in 60 years.
Yasmani Grandal did something on Sunday that no Dodgers catcher had done in 60 years.
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LOS ANGELES -- It only counted for one win in the standings, but the Dodgers got several games worth of frustration out of their system with a 10-2 drubbing of the Giants on Sunday night to capture the series finale at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers pounded out 16 hits on the night, tied for their third-most on the season, and scored more runs on Sunday than in their last five games against the Giants (seven runs), all losses.

The Dodgers tied a season high with four home runs, and all were hit against Yusmeiro Petit, who pitched in relief. That's because the Dodgers chased Tim Lincecum in the second inning, tallying five runs against his four outs recorded. The 1⅓-inning was the shortest start of his career, and the shortest start against the Dodgers this season.

Five different Dodgers reached base at least three times — Yasiel Puig, Justin Turner, Adrian Gonzalez, Yasmani Grandal and Jimmy Rollins — the third time this season they have done that, along with May 7 and May 12.

"It felt like the last couple days the at-bats were getting better," manager Don Mattingly said. "Hopefully this is just a carry-over and will be a springboard for us."

Puig scored twice, walked and singled twice, with his offensive night highlighted by a 10-pitch at-bat against Lincecum in the second that ended with a two-run single up the middle. Since his activation from the disabled list on June 6, Puig is hitting .339/.393/.518 in 14 games.

Turner singled and walked, then in the fifth hit a two-run shot to dead center for his ninth home run of the year. It marked three consecutive games with a home run for Turner, the longest streak of his career.

Gonzalez entered the game in a 6-for-54 (.111) slump, but singled twice then homered in the fourth inning, his 12th long ball of the season and first home run since June 2.

Grandal beat the shift with a bunt single between Lincecum and third base, then homered in the third and fourth innings. Grandal is the first Dodgers catcher with two home runs and a bunt single in the same game since Roy Campanella on Aug. 30, 1955.

"I was batting a little bit of back spasms for a couple days. Today was the first day I felt good," Grandal said. "I was just happy I was able to swing."

It was the second two-homer game of the season for Grandal, who is hitting a robust .276/.386/.494 on the year.

"I feel like at any point in time for one game I can go off," Grandal said. "I'll tell you one thing - when I do feel good, I'm going to go out there and give you at-bats. I'm not going to give up. I'm going to make sure you get those three strikes."

But how often does a catcher feel good, especially Grandal, who has started 16 games behind the plate in the last 19 days?

"As a catcher you never feel good," he said. "You just have to give 100 percent of what you got on that day."

Rollins singled twice and doubled, going 5-for-8 in the final two games of the series.

All of that offense was more than enough for Brett Anderson, who allowed one run in six innings while inducing 11 ground ball outs. Sunday was Anderson's 14th start of the season, his most since starting 19 games for the A's in 2011, and his 82 innings so far this year are his most since amassing 83⅓ innings in 2010.

The Dodgers end their series still in first place in the National League West, by 1½ games over the Giants.

"You don't want to have that bad taste in your mouth," Anderson said. "Hopefully this will be the catalyst for our long road trip."

Sunday particulars

Home runs: Yasmani Grandal 2 (10), Adrian Gonzalez (12), Justin Turner (9)

WP - Brett Anderson (3-4): 6 IP, 5 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

LP - Tim Lincecum (7-4): 1⅓ IP, 7 hits, 5 runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts