After being mired in a slump that lasted over one month, Yasiel Puig went into the Los Angeles Dodgers’ series against the San Francisco Giants swinging the bat much better. Dating back to the Dodgers’ series at AT&T Park, manager Don Mattingly made the decision to leave Puig batting second in the order and he quickly caught fire.

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Puig’s batting average began to creep closer to .300, where he hasn’t been since Aug. 24 and multi-hit games became the norm. The Giants stifled Puig through the first two games as he was a combined 0-for-7 with three strikeouts and one run scored heading into Wednesday’s game.

Tim Hudson was the latest Giants pitcher to hold Puig hitless, but that changed in the sixth inning. Hudson needed two pitches to get ahead in the count 0-2, however he left a third pitch up in the zone and Puig drove it over the right field fence to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.

While Puig’s home run pushed the Dodgers ahead, the Giants were still within reach until Javier Lopez and Jean Machi allowed the Dodgers to score three more runs in the inning.

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