Dodgers on torrid tear with 40-8 mark since June

BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer
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Teammates mob Los Angeles Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez, right, after he scored the winning run on a throwing error by Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Fernando Rodney during the ninth inning Aug. 9, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Teammates mob Los Angeles Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez, right, after he scored the winning run on a throwing error by Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Fernando Rodney during the ninth inning Aug. 9, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are in rare territory, putting up jaw-dropping numbers while piling up victories and commanding a 7 ½-game lead in the NL West.

Ahead or behind, against NL or AL teams, the Dodgers are rolling merrily along, owning an eight-game winning streak and undefeated in their last 16 series.

They open a seven-game road trip at Philadelphia on Friday, when they’ll try to equal the club’s longest winning streak since winning nine in a row from May 9-18, 2010.

A franchise that has missed the playoffs for the last three years and hasn’t been in the World Series since winning it in 1988 has been installed by Las Vegas bookmakers as the favorite to win it all.

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