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Three pinch-hits go a long ways in comeback

Even with a short bench, the Dodgers rally against Twins
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LOS ANGELES --- The Dodgers continue to find ways win, as evidenced by erasing a five-run deficit to notch their 29th come-from-behind win of the season, beating the Twins, 6-5, on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles (71-31) moved to 40 games above .500 for the first time since 1974 and did it with a short bench, getting a little help from Chase Utley, Enrique Hernandez and Austin Barnes in pinch-hitting roles that help set up the comeback.

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LOS ANGELES --- The Dodgers continue to find ways win, as evidenced by erasing a five-run deficit to notch their 29th come-from-behind win of the season, beating the Twins, 6-5, on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles (71-31) moved to 40 games above .500 for the first time since 1974 and did it with a short bench, getting a little help from Chase Utley, Enrique Hernandez and Austin Barnes in pinch-hitting roles that help set up the comeback.

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"It's one of those things where there's certain bullets you gotta fire," manager Dave Roberts said about having a short bench. "Give yourself to win the game and you manage it the best you can. We've got great coaches and obviously great players, those guys are doing some really good things to give us chances to win."

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Roberts summoned Utley from the bench to pinch-hit and Utley launched a two-run double to the left-center wall.

"That big hit from Chase got us really right back in there," Roberts said. "Just the at-bats we had in the seventh, eighth and ninth inning have been consistent with what we've done the last couple months."

Then it Hernandez's turn to make a contribution off the bench, replacing Joc Pederson in the seventh. Hernandez battled from a 1-2 count to stroke a single to set up Logan Forsythe's game-tying sacrifice fly.

And Barnes' one-out single and baserunning in the ninth put Justin Turner in a position to drive in the game-winning run.

"When you have a guy like Chase leading the charge then everyone follows suit," Roberts said. "To call on guys like Chase, [Enrique], Austin in big spots you trust to conduct a good at-bat, good things are going to happen."

Turner added: "Just a credit to the guys we have in here. You look at every single night and you look at the box score and it seems like a different guy is getting a big hit and hitting a big home run. It's been like that for a while now."

Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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