Dodgers Vs. Giants Recap: Opportunistic Offense Gets Sweep
The Los Angeles Dodgers were going for a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants and faced an old nemesis in Jake Peavy.
Dee Gordon reached on a Dan Uggla error to start the game but he was quickly erased on a Yasiel Puig double play. Hyun-Jin Ryu retired the first six batters he faced before running into trouble in the third inning.
After walking Uggla, Ryu struck out the next two batters only to allow the Giants to mount a two-out rally. Gregor Blanco singled to put runners on the corners. Hunter Pence put the Giants ahead with an RBI infield single that Hanley Ramirez charged but was unable to come up with.
Uggla committed his second error of the game, which wound up costing Peavy and the Giants. With runners on first and second, Juan Uribe tied the game with an RBI single to left. The Giants used a trio of singles in the bottom of the fourth and took the lead on Brandon Crawford’s RBI base hit to left.
Gordon struck out in the fifth but reached base as the ball skipped away from Buster Posey. Puig followed with a walk and both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Adrian Gonzalez struck out on a pitch in the dirt, which resulted in Posey needing to recover the ball and throw to first.
Gordon used his speed to break for home on Posey’s throw and slid in just under Peavy’s tag attempt to tie the game. Ramirez put the Dodgers ahead with an RBI single to center and Crawford followed with a triple down the right field line to score Ramirez from first base.
Ryu allowed a two-out solo home run to Posey in the fifth but finished the inning with the Dodgers ahead and collected two more strikeouts in a scoreless sixth inning, which was his final of the night.
J.P. Howell took over in the seventh and needed just five pitches to record three outs. Sergio Romo walked Matt Kemp in the eighth but got out of the inning unscathed, which set the stage for Brian Wilson to take the mound.
The former Giants closer worked around a walk and kept the Dodgers ahead, 4-3. Kenley Jansen entered the game in the ninth for his first work since July 21. The power right-hander struck out the side to earn his 30th save of the season.
The sweep was the Dodgers first at AT&T Park since July 2012 and with the win, the Dodgers moved 1.5 games ahead of the Giants in the NL West standings.
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