Recap: Joc Pederson Leads Dodgers With 3 RBIs In Win Over Giants

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Grandal followed by striking out, but Gonzalez scored when Kendrick stole second and Susac’s throw from home sailed into the center field, making it 2-0 in the Dodgers’ favor.

Scott Van Slyke pinch-hit for Carl Crawford, who was removed due to tightness in his right side, and delivered with an RBI single into left field. Pederson added to Lincecum’s troubles by doubling into right field that extended the Dodgers’ lead to 4-0.

Anderson had his first 1-2-3 inning in the fourth, retiring the Giants on a groundout and two flyouts to center. Likewise, Lincecum retired the side in order in the bottom of the fourth, striking out Ethier, retiring Gonzalez on a groundout and getting Kendrick to fly out.

After making quick work of the first two batters, it seemed as if Anderson would have another 1-2-3 inning. However, the situation quickly escalated for him after issuing a walk to Brandon Crawford.

Susac followed with a single, then Aoki made it a rally by driving in a run on an RBI base hit to center that cut the Dodgers’ lead to 4-1. Panik followed with a double that sailed over Ethier’s head to make it 4-2, which prompted Dodgers manager Don Mattingly to pull the 27-year-old left-hander and bring in Carlos Frias.

Frias allowed an infield single that Kendrick managed to knock down and prevent a second run from scoring. The right-hander then walked Buster Posey to load the bases, but got out of the jam on Justin Maxwell’s tapper back to the box.

George Kontos entered the game for Lincecum in the bottom of the fifth and was dominant, retiring Grandal, Van Slyke and Uribe in order, all three via groundouts. Frias returned in the top of the sixth inning and made quick work of Susac, McGehee and Crawford.

Not content with his catch and RBI double, Pederson hit a leadoff solo home run to right center to give the Dodgers a bit of a cushion at 5-3. Fresh off arriving from Oklahoma City, Adam Liberatore came on in relief in the seventh and promptly opened the inning with a strikeout.

Liberatore then retired Aoki and Panik on a pair of groundouts. Facing Yusmeiro Petit, Gonzalez nearly added to his home run total but his drive to deep center field was tracked down by Pagan at the warning track. Petit then got a pair of groundouts to complete a scoreless inning.

Yimi Garcia opened the eighth by getting Pagan looking for called strike three. Posey snuck a one-out base hit past diving attempts by Rollins and Uribe, but the Giants wouldn’t advance him as Garcia struck out Maxwell and got Susac to fly out.

Petit ran into some trouble in the bottom of the eighth as Uribe lined a one-out single to right field and the Giants reliever walked Pederson to put two on with one out. Justin Turner pinch-hit for Garcia and hit a three-run home run to dead center on the first pitch of his at-bat.

The home run was Turner’s first this season and the Dodgers’ third pinch-hit home run this season; first since Alex Guerrero’s on April 22. Petit’s night came to an end after he issued a walk to Rollins.

Javier Lopez entered and got Ethier to ground into a force out at second base and Gonzalez to hit back to the mound for the third out. Chris Hatcher took over for the Dodgers in the ninth with an 8-3 lead and closed the door to give the Dodgers their first win over the Giants this season.


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