Think the Dodgers had heard enough about the rival San Francisco Giants?

There was all the talk about the Giants winning five in a row against the Dodgers and nine of the 11 meetings this season.

The dormant Dodgers offense had not done much to instill any confidence either, scoring just 19 runs in the previous eight games for a paltry 2.3 average.

One would have thought the Dodgers doomsday was right around the corner.

“I don’t listen to the rhetoric,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said defiantly before Sunday’s series finale.

Instead Mattingly stuck to his same old rhetoric: the season is a marathon, the bats will come around, this veteran-laden squad will eventually persevere.

Maybe Sunday was the awakening.

The Dodgers blasted four home runs, three doubles and 16 total hits to roll to an uproarious 10-2 victory over the rival Giants, averting a three-game sweep and extending their lead in the National League West over the Giants to 1.5 games.

Consider this the rhetorical bombshell, though the Dodgers insisted there was no psychological edge to beating the Giants this emphatically.

“Psychological? You might want to change that word,” Grandal said. “We’re not thinking about it like that. I keep saying it. It’s not a matter of how many games we lose against the Giants. It’s a matter of who we are and where we are at the end of the year. If we’re in first place, it doesn’t matter if we lost 20 games to the Giants.