The Los Angeles Dodgers were without the services of Hanley Ramirez as they looked to end their two-game losing streak and salvage their series with the San Francisco Giants. The Thursday afternoon game was another battle between lefties as Madison Bumgarner and Hyun-Jin Ryu squared off.
Bumgarner and Ryu had scoreless first innings, and the Dodgers then worked a two-out rally off the left-hander in the second. Scott Van Slyke, who started in left field, had a long at-bat that resulted in a walk. Juan Uribe followed it up with a hard-hit single that skipped off Pablo Sandoval’s glove. With Van Slyke in scoring position, Tim Federowicz hit a two-out RBI single into center field that gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
Ryu pitched more scoreless baseball in the second and third; Yasiel Puig aided his pitcher’s cause by making an impressive over the shoulder catch, which came one batter after Puig dropped a routine fly ball. The Dodgers then were on the doorstep of getting Ryu more run support in the fourth. Following a Van Slyke double, Bumgarner intentionally walked Uribe to face Federowicz with one out, and the catcher also drew a walk to load the bases. The Dodgers wound up leaving them loaded as Bumgarner got out of the jam by striking out Ryu and Dee Gordon.
Justin Turner led off the fifth inning with a double, moved to third on a Puig sacrifice fly, and scored on Adrian Gonzalez single. It was Gonzalez’s first hit of the game and it extended his hit streak to 12 games. Bumgarner’s day was over after he allowed the RBI single as he gave way to Yusmeiro Petit, who got Matt Kemp to hit into a double play to end the top half of the fifth.
Jeremy Affeldt took over for the Giants in the top of the eighth and surrendered a leadoff double to Gonzalez. The Dodgers then ran themselves out of the inning after Kemp struck out, Gonzalez tried to advance to third on a Van Slyke come backer and was tagged out, then Van Slyke was doubled up to end the inning as he tried to reach second.
Ryu dazzled as he shutout the Giants through seven before being relieved by Brian Wilson at the start of the bottom of the eighth. Ehire Adrianza hit a leadoff double and after Wilson got Joaquin Arias to fly out, he walked Hunter Pence. Wilson kept the Dodgers ahead by two, striking out Sandoval and getting Posey to fly out.
Affeldt retired the Dodgers in order in the ninth and Kenley Jansen came on with the Dodgers still leading 2-0. Jansen started the inning with a strikeout, but it got past Federowicz and Morse reached base safely. Belt then grounded to Gonzalez and he recorded the force out at second. The right-hander then got Hector Sanchez swinging for the second out before walking Blanco. Adrianza blooped one into left and a run scored to cut the lead in half. Jansen got Crawford to fly out to left and earned the save.
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