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With first place in the National League West very much up for grabs, the Los Angles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants met for the start of a pivotal three-games Friday.
Yasiel Puig showed better patience than he has in recent weeks and drew a leadoff walk on a full count to begin the game. Justin Turner hit a comeback that Madison Bumgarner got his glove on and fell down, which only allowed him to get the out at first rather than a double play.
It wouldn’t cost the Giants starter however, as he retired Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp to get out of the inning. Whereas the Dodgers couldn’t cash in on a runner reaching second base with one out, the Giants’ first inning was the complete opposite.
Following a Joe Panik double, Buster Posey doubled down the left field line to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. Posey then scored on Hunter Pence’s single to center and Pence advanced to second base on Puig’s ill-advised throw to home plate.
Joaquin Arias and Brandon Crawford each knocked in a run before Ryu could get out of the inning and the Giants led 4-0 going to the second. Hanley Ramirez led things off for the Dodgers with a double, but Bumgarner retired the next three batters to keep the Giants’ four-run lead in tact.
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