Paul Maholm took the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers in his first start of the regular season in game two of a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants. After Maholm led off the inning by walking Angel Pagan, Hanley Ramirez made an impressive grab to turn a Hunter Pence ground ball into a double play. Pablo Sandoval lined out to end the inning. Madison Bumgarner got the start for the Giants and gave up just one hit to Hanley Ramirez in a scoreless first inning.
Maholm struggled a bit in the second inning and found himself with the bases loaded after allowing a walk to Michael Morse and singles to Brandon Belt and Brandon Hicks. Brandon Crawford drove the run at third home putting the Giants on the board 1-0. The Dodgers were also able to score in the second inning on a Juan Uribe double that scored Scott Van Slyke to tie the game.
Yasiel Puig led off the bottom of the third by diving head first into first base on an infield single. Bumgarner followed that up with strikeouts of Justin Turner and Ramirez, and Puig made the final out as he was picked off at first after leaving too early in an attempt to steal second. In the fourth, Maholm gave up a lead-off home run to Morse, which gave the Giants the 2-1 lead. Maholm then proceeded to easily retire the next three batters. Bumgarner struck out three consecutive hitters in the bottom of the inning for his sixth, seventh and eighth strikeouts of the game.
In the fifth, the Dodgers had their most difficult inning of the game. After giving up base hits to both Bumgarner and Pagan, Sandoval blasted a three-run home run to left field. Jose Dominguez came in to relieve Maholm and immediately gave up another home run to Buster Posey, extending the Giants’ lead to 6-1. Bumgarner retired consecutive batters to end the fifth. Paco Rodriguez stepped in for Domiguez in the sixth inning. After Dominguez allowed a walk to Crawford, a sacrifice bunt from Bumgarner advanced Crawford to second, and a double from Pagan drove him home. Bumgarner had a solid bottom of the inning nabbing his ninth strikeout of the game.
In the seventh, Chris Perez took over for Rodriguez and gave up no runs in his outing. Bumgarner looked a little shakier in the seventh, eventually loading the bases. Santiago Casilla was called in to relieve the starter and was able to get Puig to fly out. With two outs, Ethier hit a line drive to right field and Scott Van Slyke easily scored, but Pence threw a rope to home plate and Posey tagged A.J. Ellis for the third out. Don Mattingly would challenge, but the call was upheld.
J.P. Howell entered the game in the eighth and allowed one walk and no runs. Casilla remained in the game for the bottom of the inning. He gave up back-to-back walks to Ramirez and Gonzalez, but Matt Kemp hit into a double play with Ramirez advancing to third. Van Slyke then struck out to finish the inning. Kenley Jansen came out to pitch in the ninth, and Pence led off with his second double of the game. After recording two outs, Jansen was replaced by Jamey Wright, who logged the final out. Yusmeiro Petit pitched the bottom of the ninth and retired the Dodgers in order to give the Giants the 7-2 win.
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