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David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers arrived in Cincinnati mired in a five-game losing streak and with an offense that had been incapable of pulling itself off the mat. They boarded a flight bound for Los Angeles on Thursday with a three-game winning streak in tow and a few light moments behind them.

There was Yasiel Puig gesturing to either someone in the Dodgers bullpen or a heckler in the stands he would make the next catch behind the back, a Kiké Hernandez broken-bat grounder to shortstop that resulted in a double, and Puig and Alex Wood were seen in the dugout doing the popular Macarena dance.

While the Dodgers squandered plenty of opportunities to push runs across, they held a 1-0 lead in the ninth when Reds closer Aroldis Chapman entered. With no outs and Justin Turner standing on first base, Hernandez was at the plate looking to help get the Dodgers an insurance run or two.

Hernandez was perhaps a little too eager as he gave Chapman’s second offering a big swing that caused the utility man to lose his balance and helmet. Jimmy Rollins was among those in the Dodgers dugout to laugh at Hernandez, who also chuckled and quickly got back on his feet.

The at-bat ended with Hernandez reaching on a base hit that handcuffed and got by Brandon Phillips, leaving runners on the corners with no outs.

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