Are red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers starting their big run?

Riding a nine-game winning streak, the Los Angeles Dodgers have pulled to within a half-game of the San Francisco Giants, who held a 4 1/2-game lead just over a , atop the National League West – and look primed to take sole possession of first place for the first time since late April.

After winning two at home against the Giants and four in Washington last week, the Dodgers finish the first half with four in Miami and then three at home against the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks, a perfect stretch to rack up some more wins heading into the break.

Sitting in third place in the NL West, the San Diego Padres don’t play either of the division’s top two teams until a set with the Dodgers that starts on Aug. 24.

Mookie Betts during a win in Washington on Saturday.

Mookie Betts during a win in Washington on Saturday.

Here’s how USA TODAY Sports’ seven-person panel voted this week:

Rank (movement from last week)

1. Houston Astros (–)

2. San Francisco Giants (–)

3. Los Angeles Dodgers (+2)

4. Boston Red Sox (+2)

5. Milwaukee Brewers (+6)

6. San Diego Padres (-2)

7. Chicago White Sox (–)

8. Tampa Bay Rays (-5)

9. Oakland Athletics (-1)

10. New York Mets (–)

11. Toronto Blue Jays (+2)

12. Cleveland (–)

13. Cincinnati Reds (+2)

14. Atlanta Braves (+4)

15. Chicago Cubs (-6)

16. New York Yankees (-2)

17. Seattle Mariners (-1)

18. Washington Nationals (-1)

19. Philadelphia Phillies (–)

20. St. Louis Cardinals (–)

21. Los Angeles Angels (–)

22. Miami Marlins (–)

23. Detroit Tigers (+2)

24. Colorado Rockies (+2)

25. Kansas City Royals (-1)

26. Minnesota Twins (-3)

27. Texas Rangers (–)

28. Pittsburgh Pirates (–)

29. Baltimore Orioles (–)

30. Arizona Diamondbacks (–)

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: MLB power rankings: Dodgers, Giants battle atop NL West standings

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