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If the Los Angeles Dodgers are to continue their current surge,

they might have to do it without one of their key players.

The Dodgers could be minus outfielder Matt Kemp when they try to

hand the host San Francisco Giants a fifth straight loss Saturday

night.

Juan Uribe came a single shy of the cycle and matched a career

high with seven RBIs as Los Angeles (41-44) rolled to a 10-2 win at

San Francisco on Friday. The Dodgers have recorded at least 13 hits

in five straight games and averaged 5.5 runs while winning 11 of

13.

After losing five straight in the series, Los Angeles has won

four in a row over a San Francisco team that’s totaled 28 runs

while dropping 12 of 14.

“We’re getting tested,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

“Hopefully you get stronger when you’re tested.”

The Giants (39-46) might not have to worry about Kemp after he

irritated his left shoulder Friday, but not in the area that was

surgically repaired. Though he’s batting .254, Kemp was 6 for 19

(.316) with two of his four homers and six RBIs in four games prior

to the opener.

“I don’t ever want to get used to getting hurt,” he said. “It

could have been worse. I felt something weird in my shoulder that

scared me. It hurt worse than running into the wall.”

With Kemp day to day, Carl Crawford could see more time after

his return Friday from missing more than a month with a hamstring

injury.

Kemp, however, is not the only Dodger playing well at the

moment.

Hanley Ramirez is batting.492 with 17 RBIs during a 16-game

hitting streak and star rookie Yasiel Puig .420 with eight homers

and 19 RBIs in 30 career games.

Uribe is 8 for 17 with two homers and 12 RBIs in his last four

road contests. He’s hit .474 (9 for 19) in his last five against

the Giants.

“Every opportunity they gave me, I want to help the team,” Uribe

said.

Los Angeles looks to stay hot against scheduled San Francisco

starter Madison Bumgarner (8-5, 3.08 ERA), who is in the midst of a

stretch where he’s 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA. He gave up a homer and

three other hits in seven innings of a 5-2 win at Colorado on

Sunday.

“Bumgarner has been consistent all year,” Bochy said. “He’s

been consistent in every start. He’s a special talent.”

The left-hander’s lone blemish in the last five starts came

during a 3-1 loss at Los Angeles on June 24, when he allowed three

runs and five hits in seven innings. Puig went 2 for 3 with a homer

off him.

Bumgarner, who threw 16 straight scoreless innings against the

Dodgers prior to last week’s start, is 6-3 with a 2.54 ERA in nine

starts versus the NL West rival.

He’s also 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA in his last three home starts

overall.

The Dodgers counter with right-hander Stephen Fife (3-2, 2.83),

who allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings of a 6-1 victory

over Philadelphia on Sunday.

Fife, 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two career starts versus San

Francisco, allowed three runs, including homers to Buster Posey and

Brandon Belt, in 6 2-3 innings of a 6-5 win over the Giants on June

25.

Posey is 0 for 11 in July after he went 11 for 22 with four

homers and six RBIs in the final six games of June.