LOS ANGELES -AP- This is what happens when a team wins as much as the Los Angeles Dodgers: They believe they will find a way to win every night.
So when they fell behind 5-0 to Minnesota Twins ace Ervin Santana Wednesday night, they did not waver. When they pulled within one and the Twins called on All Star closer Brandon Kintzler, they simply wondered who would play the hero on this night.
Turns out it was Justin Turner, the Dodgers third baseman driving a single into left with two outs in the ninth to give the Dodgers a 6-5 comeback victory.
"There's no exact recipe," Turner said. "It's different ways every night. Getting ahead, coming from behind, getting down to our last strike. There's a lot of fight. A lot of guys who believe if we still have outs, we still have a chance to win the game."
The victory was their fifth straight victory and 36th in their last 42 games. It was their 29th comeback win, 13th series sweep of the season and it left them 71-31, the first time 40 games over .500 since 1974.
"It feels like a special group," said right-hander Brock Stewart. "If we just stay the course and grind it out, good things will happen."
Stewart made his first start in the rotation for injured Clayton Kershaw and finished with an odd line.
The Twins scored all five runs against him, Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer each driving in two, but because the Dodgers made two errors, all five runs were unearned.
The Dodgers started their comeback against Santana on solo home runs fromJoc Pederson and Yasiel PuigChase Utley's pinch hit double in the seventh pulled the Dodgers within one.
"They made more plays and had bigger hits down the stretch than we did," said Twins manager Paul Molitor.
The Dodgers tied it in the eighth whenLogan Forsythe hit a sacrifice fly against Kintzler (2-2). Singles by pinch-hitterAustin Barnes and Chris Taylor preceded Turner's game-winner.
"It seems like different guys get the big hit every night," Turner said. "And it's been like that for a while now.
"Guys are hungry. They can't wait to get up to the batter's box right now. It's pretty fun."
Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to raise his record to 5-0 and complete the Dodgers' three-game sweep of the Twins.
The Dodgers' three-game sweep of Minnesota did not go unnoticed by the Twins.
"They have a real good thing going on," Molitor said. "It's a nice environment here obviously to play, loud ballpark and history and all those things. They are playing hungry, playing loose. They have a little bit of money in the bank to toy with and it kind of frees you up to let it fly and that's what they are doing."

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