One night after being on the wrong end of a big first inning, the Los Angeles Dodgers flipped the script on the San Francisco Giants.
Yasiel Puig flared a one-out single into center field that he turned into a hustle double. With two outs and Puig standing on third, Matt Kemp hit an RBI double down the left field line to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
Kemp’s double was followed by one off Hanley Ramirez’s bat that made its way down the right field line. Carl Crawford kept the inning going with a single to right that easily scored Ramirez and the Dodgers’ lead grew to 3-0. Tim Hudson’s rough start continued as A.J. Ellis hit a flare single into center field that Angel Pagan was unable to come up with and the Dodgers led 4-0 by the time the third out was recorded.
Pagan attempted to start an early comeback bid with a leadoff double in the bottom of the first, however he was then thrown out at the plate on Buster Posey’s single to right. Zack Greinke then got Pablo Sandoval to hit back to the box to end the inning.
Consecutive singles from Dee Gordon and Puig knocked Hudson out of the game, who gave way to Tim Lincecum. The pitching change didn’t cool off the Dodgers’ bats as Adrian Gonzalez drove in Gordon with a single to center.
Kemp hit his second double of the night to extend the Dodgers’ lead to 6-0 with two runners in scoring position and no outs. Ramirez collected his second RBI of the game with a single to center, Crawford drove in another run on a sacrifice fly and the Dodgers led 8-0.
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