The Los Angeles Dodgers began a three-game set against the division rival San Francisco Giants in August and finished playing in September. Heading into the series, the Dodgers held a 3.5-game lead over the Giants with left-hander Brett Anderson looking to create a little more separation in the standings.
After retiring the first two batters of the game, Anderson gave up a double down the right field line to Brandon Belt, but no damage was done as Buster Posey flied out to left to end the inning. Jimmy Rollins hit a leadoff single to begin the bottom of the first, he then tagged up and advanced to second on a Chase Utley deep fly ball to center.
After another fly out, Jake Peavy failed to get out of the inning as Justin Turner hit an RBI double to left-center that gave the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead. Anderson did what he does best in the second inning, retiring the side on just 11 pitches getting three ground outs.
The Dodgers also went down in order in the second. The third began with Gregor Blanco beating out a slow roller by diving head first into first base, just under the outstretched arm of Adrian Gonzalez.
However, Blanco was quickly erased as Peavy laid down a poor sacrifice bunt attempt, and Yasmani Grandal fired to second getting the force out. Anderson then worked himself into a bit of trouble, walking Nori Aoki and giving up a single to Matt Duffy to load the bases with one out.
Belt then hit an RBI single to tie the game, and after a Posey pop out, Marlon Byrd’s infield single to second base scored two, giving the Giants a 3-1 lead. Peavy settled in nicely, putting together another flawless inning in the bottom of the third.
In the top of the fourth Blanco, who reached base on a fielder’s choice, appeared to have stolen second base, but he his hand came off the bag and Rollins kept the tag on him, so he was called out. Anderson then struck out Peavy to complete a scoreless inning.
Carl Crawford hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the fifth, then stole second base. Grandal advanced him to third with a grounder to the right side, but Crawford was stranded as Joc Pederson and pinch-hitter Alex Guerrero were called out on strikes.
Pedro Baez took over for the Dodgers in sixth and worked around a Posey leadoff base hit to keep score at 3-1 in favor of the Giants. The Dodgers again had their lead off man reach in an inning as Rollins dropped a flare single into right field.
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