The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants began their three-game set Monday with National League West implications at play.
Dan Haren took the mound on an extra day of rest, though it didn’t prove to be any benefit early as Gregor Blanco hit a leadoff home run in the first inning. The Dodger right-hander retired the next two batters, then hit Pablo Sandoval with a pitch before getting out of the inning.
While it didn’t seem intentional, Jakey Peavy hit Yasiel Puig in the bottom of the first but the Dodgers were unable to get on the board. Hanley Ramirez drew a leadoff walk in the second inning, however it didn’t amount to anything for the Dodgers.
Haren’s streak of five consecutive batters retired came to an end in the third inning as Blanco reached on a three-base error. Miscommunication between Matt Kemp and Puig on a fly ball hit to right-center resulted in the outfielders colliding and the error eventually led to a run for the Giants on a squeeze play.
Haren held the Giants without a run in the fourth and fifth innings, however Peavy followed suit and carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning that was brought to an end by Carl Crawford’s leadoff home run that also started a small Dodger rally.
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