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The Los Angeles Dodgers will try to extend their season-best nine-game winning streak when they face the Minnesota Twins Wednesday evening at Dodger Stadium to conclude a five-game homestand.

The Dodgers have outscored their opponents 62-20 during the streak, scoring at least eight runs five times and recording two shutouts.

The Dodgers’ 76-33 record is the best in Major League Baseball. They have a five-game lead over the New York Mets (72-39) in the race for home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

The Dodgers also have the best record since the All Star break, 16-3.

Dodger rookie right-hander Ryan Pepiot (1-0) will make the fifth start of his major league career and first since July 5 when he allowed one run and four hits in five innings to earn the victory in a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies. He was optioned to their Oklahoma City Triple-A affiliate the following day. The Dodgers will need to make a move to add him to the major league roster.

Right-hander Sonny Gray (6-3) will start for the Twins. Gray allowed one hit in five scoreless innings in his last start, a 9-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday. Minnesota led 1-0 when he was relieved.

The Dodgers are 3-1 in Pepiot’s four starts. The Twins are 10-6 in Gray’s 16 starts.

The game is set to begin at 7:10 p.m. and will be televised by SportsNet LA.

The Dodgers will begin a seven-game road trip Friday at Kansas City. They will next play at Dodger Stadium Aug. 19 against the Miami Marlins.

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