The Los Angeles Dodgers relied on a triple-heavy fifth inning to defeat the San Francisco Giants in the series opener on Friday.

After taking the first two games of the series, the Dodgers were aiming for the sweep Sunday evening. The fifth was once again key for the Dodgers, however this time they scored in more unconventional fashion.

Trailing 2-1 with one out, Dee Gordon struck out but reached on the wild pitch. Jake Peavy then walked Yasiel Puig to put two on with one out and threw a second wild pitch that allowed both runners to move into scoring position.

That brought Adrian Gonzalez to the plate, who chased a 1-2 pitch in the dirt to strikeout. Buster Posey was again unable to corral the ball and needed to track it down on the first base side of home plate.

As Posey threw to first base to retire Gonzalez, Gordon seized the opportunity to score and broke for home. He slid under Peavy’s tag to tie the game and the Dodgers tacked on two more runs in the inning.
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