Dodgers beat Twins for 9th straight win

Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws to the plate during the first inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan throws to the plate during the first inning of a game against the Dodgers on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Minnesota Twins right fielder Max Kepler reacts after catching a ball hit by the Dodgers’ Trea Turner for an out during the first inning on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman scores in front of Minnesota Twins catcher Sandy Leon on a double by Will Smith during the first inning on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry, center, laughs as he watches the frst inning of a game between the Dodgers and the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Dodgers left fielder Joey Gallo can’t get to a ball hit for a triple by the Minnesota Twins’ Gio Urshela during the second inning on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger, right, and left fielder Joey Gallo converge as they pursue a ball hit by the Minnesota Twins’ Gio Urshela for a triple off the wall during the second inning on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws to first base on an infield RBI single by the Minnesota Twins’ Gilberto Celestino during the second inning on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias reacts after his throw to first base on an infield RBI single by the Minnesota Twins’ Gilberto Celestino during the second inning on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Twins’ Gio Urshela, left, scores on a single by Gilberto Celestino as Dodgers catcher Will Smith stands at the plate during the second inning on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Minnesota Twins’ Gio Urshela, right, celebrates with teammate Sandy Leon after scoring on an infield single during the second inning of their game against the Dodgers on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Minnesota Twins center fielder Gilberto Celestino tries to catch a ball hit by the Dodgers’ Trea Turner before losing control of it during the second inning on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Turner was credited with an RBI double. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Minnesota Twins center fielder Gilberto Celestino loses the ball after initially trapping it off the bounce on a ball hit by the Dodgers’ Trea Turner during the second inning on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Turner was credited with an RBI double. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Minnesota Twins’ Gilberto Celestino, right, receives attention from a trainer during the second inning of their game against the Dodgers on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws to the plate during the first inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Twins’ Carlos Correa, right, and Jose Miranda prepare to bat against the Dodgers on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan throws to the plate during the first inning of their game against the Dodgers on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger steps on first as he hits a two-run double during the second inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Dodgers’ Gavin Lux, left, and Joey Gallo celebrate after they both scored on a double by Cody Bellinger during the second inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Dodgers’ Joey Gallo, left, and Gavin Lux congratulate each other after they scored on a double by Cody Bellinger during the second inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Dodgers’ Max Muncy, left, begins to run the bases as he watches the flight of his solo home run off of Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan, center, during the third inning on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Dodgers’ Max Muncy finishes circling the bases after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Dodgers’ Max Muncy, left, is congratulated by Justin Turner after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Dodgers’ Max Muncy, left, celebrates his solo home run with Justin Turner during the third inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Muncy and Turner had three of the Dodgers’ nine extra-base hits as they rolled to a 10-3 win, their 31st in their last 36 games. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan reacts after giving up a solo home run to the Dodgers’ Max Muncy during the third inning on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Dodgers’ Gavin Lux, right, congratulates Max Muncy on his solo home run during the third inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts reacts after sliding home to score a run on a ground out by Trea Turner, not pictured, during the fourth inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Twins’ Carlos Correa shows his frustration as he walks back to the dugout after he popped up during the sixth inning of their game against the Dodgers on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts looks for the ball after diving back to first base under Minnesota Twins first baseman Jose Miranda during the sixth inning on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Dodgers’ Max Muncy hits an RBI double during the seventh inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Twins’ Byron Buxton hits a two-run home run during the eighth inning of their game against the Dodgers on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Minnesota Twins’ Byron Buxton celebrates his two-run home run as he crosses the plate in front of Dodgers catcher Will Smith during the eighth inning on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Twins’ Byron Buxton, right, is congratulated by Nick Gordon after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning of their game against the Dodgers on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Dodgers catcher Will Smith makes a catch for an out on a foul ball hit by the Minnesota Twins’ Jorge Polanco during the eighth inning on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Emilio Pagan throws to the plate during the eighth inning of their game against the Dodgers on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Dodgers relief pitcher Caleb Ferguson throws to the plate during the ninth inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Dodgers relief pitcher Caleb Ferguson throws to the plate during the ninth inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Dodgers relief pitcher Caleb Ferguson, right, and catcher Will Smith celebrate after the final out of their 10-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Dodgers players congratulate each other after their 10-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa signs autographs for fans before a game against the Dodgers on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton talks with autograph seekers before a game against the Dodgers on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

LAFC’s Kellyn Acosta shakes hands with Dodgers relief pitcher Brusdar Gaterol, left, as Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner shakes hands with LAFC’s Gareth Bale after the soccre players threw out ceremonial first pitches before the Dodgers’ game against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES ― The Dodgers have been in baseball’s lap of luxury before. It is the point in the season when their claim as the hottest team on the planet threatens to become something more: the best team on the planet.

The Dodgers extended their winning streak to nine games Tuesday with a 10-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins. They have won 31 of their last 36 games, including a 16-3 mark since hosting the All-Star Game. They have swept both series against teams with a .500 record or better since the Midsummer Classic and can do so a third time by beating the Twins on Wednesday.

“I think it’s pretty expected here, that’s kind of the crazy thing,” outfielder Trayce Thompson said. “We’re just trying to take it one game at a time. That’s how it has been, or at least that’s how it was six years ago when I was here: just try to go win a baseball game today. This group is certainly very capable of winning every day. It’s pretty cool.”

At 76-33, the Dodgers maintained their grip on baseball’s best record. No other team has won more than 71 games.

For their latest trick, the Dodgers have made it more difficult by the day to identify their weakest links. All nine starters got a hit against Minnesota. Their 15-hit attack included eight doubles – tying a season high – and a home run by Max Muncy.

Muncy entered the month of August with nine home runs; he has three in six games since, raising his batting average from .161 to .178. Cody Bellinger, swinging on 3-and-0 against starter Joe Ryan (8-5), hit a two-run double to break the game open in the second inning.

“Scary enough, I think there’s still a lot more in there – for the whole team,” Muncy said. “It’s been looking really good lately. We’ve been looking good all year long. At the same time, not all of us have gotten going at once. Hopefully, we save that for the playoffs.”

Will Smith went 3 for 5 with two RBIs, and Muncy and Trea Turner each had two hits. Justin Turner went 2 for 4, picking up where he left off after a two-week injury absence. Turner is expected to serve as the Dodgers’ designated hitter for a second consecutive day Wednesday.

Dodgers starter Julio Urías (12-6) threw 90 pitches – 72 for strikes. He allowed only one run in seven innings, did not walk a batter, and struck out eight. In the absence of Walker Buehler and, more recently, Clayton Kershaw, Urías has been the latest Dodger starter to lay claim to the “staff ace” title.

On June 18, Urías was 3-6 with a 2.80 ERA, often falling victim to poor run support. In 10 starts since, he’s 9-0 with a 2.16 ERA.

The left-hander leaned into his fastball against the Twins, throwing it 46 times. The pitch generated 12 swings and misses and 11 foul balls compared to only six balls in play. The velocity on all three of Urias’ pitches (fastball, curveball, changeup) increased on Tuesday compared to his season averages.

“When he has all three pitches going,” Manager Dave Roberts said of Urías, “I’ll take him against anyone.”

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Urías lowered his season ERA to 2.49. Only three qualified National League pitchers (Miami’s Sandy Alcantara, teammate Tony Gonsolin and Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes) have a lower ERA.

The Dodgers are 117-45 dating to Aug. 5 of last year, which matches the best 162-game stretch by any team since the leagues expanded in 1961. Even NBA star Steph Curry was among the announced crowd of 47,874 enjoying the show.

Curry is teammates with Trayce Thompson’s brother, Klay, in the Golden State Warriors’ famed backcourt. Trayce said he counts Curry as “another family friend.”

So it was that Roberts, noticing Curry in the Dodger Stadium owners’ box, decided to send Thompson up to pinch hit for Mookie Betts in the eighth inning. Curry aimed his smartphone toward the field to capture the at-bat. Thompson doubled.

“It’s pretty cool,” Thompson said. “(Curry) is a busy guy. He’s got three awesome kids, a beautiful wife, great family, everything. It’s cool.”

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— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) August 10, 2022

Best run differential thru 1st 109 games of season, since 1900:

1939 Yankees: +2931927 Yankees: +2711902 Pirates: +2711944 Cardinals: +2701929 A's: +2531912 Giants: +2362022 Dodgers: +233

— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) August 10, 2022

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The Dodgers have won 9 straight games, ALL by multiple runs

That's tied for the Dodgers' 2nd-longest such streak since they joined the NL in 1890, behind only:

1945: 11

Tied with 1 streak in 1947 & 1 in 1940