So Gonzalez and the Dodgers are hoping to bottle some momentum after a 10-2 shellacking of the Giants on Sunday at Dodger Stadium. In the rout, Gonzalez was 3-for-4 with his 12th home run of the season.
The Dodgers scored in each of the first five innings, highlighted with four home runs as a team, including two from catcher Yasmani Grandal. The win was the third in 12 tries this season against the Giants and gave the Dodgers a 1 1/2-game cushion in the National League West.
"The bats coming alive, hopefully that's a sign that we're coming out of this swoon a little bit," manager Don Mattingly said. "We'll see. But I feel like the past couple of days, the at-bats had been better, so hopefully this is just a carryover."
Gonzalez was red-hot in April by hitting .383 with eight home runs, and the Dodgers jumped out to a 13-8 start with the best offense in baseball.
As the calendar turned to June, the first baseman and the Dodgers wilted. Entering Sunday, the Dodgers were 9-11 in the month and their lead in the NL West had slipped to a mere half-game; Gonzalez was hitting .113 in his last 13 games.
The homer was his first since June 2 and he posted his second multi-hit game since June 5.
"You can't really tell when [Gonzalez] is going bad. You don't really see," Mattingly said. "Guys that have a type of swing like that, they can feel when they're right. A game like this can put him in a totally different direction."
Other Dodgers busted out of slumps of their own in a big way.
Grandal had been hitting .220 in his last 19 games but blasted home runs in the third and fourth innings. It was his fourth career multi-homer game and second this season.
"I feel like at any point in time, I can go off," Grandal said. "When I do feel good, I'm going to go up there and give you at-bats. I'm not going to give up on an at-bat. I'm going to make you get those three strikes."
Jimmy Rollins was 3-for-4 with a double for his second straight multi-hit game. Rollins had been hitting .154 in his last 16 games.
"It seems like he's staying inside balls better and not getting around them," Mattingly said. "Hopefully this is something for him to get going."
Even starting pitcher Brett Anderson earned his first win since May 8. Before Sunday, the Dodgers averaged 3.33 runs of support for Anderson, and over half of his starts saw Los Angeles score two runs or fewer.
The Dodgers gave Anderson a big lead early and the lefty responded with six innings, allowing one run and five hits.
"As far back as I can remember, it's probably the best overall team win we've had in a while," Anderson said.