What you need to know: The Dodgers’ up-and-down 10-game trip concludes this weekend when they open a three-game interleague series Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Dodgers rebounded from losing three of four games at St. Louis by taking two of three from Atlanta this week. Friday they will send right-hander Noah Syndergaard (1-5, 5.88 earned-run average) to the mound. In his last start, Syndergaard pitched five innings against the Cardinals but had no decision.
Tampa Bay had not yet announced a starting pitcher for Friday’s game.
The Rays, who have an impressive 24-5 record at home, won three of four games from Toronto including a 6-3 victory Thursday in which they stole seven bases, two by Wander Franco, his 16th and 17th thefts of the season.
The Dodgers lead the National League West with a 31-20 .608 record, 1½ games ahead of Arizona. The Rays (37-15, .712) have the best record in the major leagues and lead Baltimore by 3 1/2 in the AL East.
Pitcher Clayton Kershaw is expected to rejoin the team to start Saturday’s game. Kershaw has been on the bereavement list to attend his mother’s funeral.