The Los Angeles Dodgers took the field 0-6 at AT&T Park this season, but needing just one win in the four-game series against the San Francisco Giants to clinch a third straight National League West title.
Jake Peavy got the Giants off to a good start by setting the Dodgers down in order in the first inning, striking out Corey Seager in the process. Meanwhile Zack Greinke didn’t show any rust in his first start since Sept. 18 as he struck out Angel Pagan and Jarrett Parker in a scoreless bottom of the first.
Andre Ethier doubled with one out in the second inning, but was stranded by Chase Utley and Yasmani Grandal. Following a Buster Posey strikeout in the bottom of the second, Brandon Crawford hit a one-out single to left field. He was erased from the bases on a force out, though Marlon Byrd beat Utley’s throw to avoid a double play.
Kelby Tomlinson extended the inning with a base hit, and Trevor Brown’s two-run double to right-center field gave the Giants a 2-0 lead before Greinke managed to get out of the inning. The Dodgers quickly trimmed their deficit in half thanks to Carl Crawford and Seager.
Crawford knocked a two-out single to right field, then stole second base soon after. Seager delivered with a runner in scoring position by lining an RBI single to center field. Back in the lineup for the first time since Friday, Adrian Gonzalez chased pitches out of the zone and struck out to end the inning.
Greinke worked around Pagan’s leadoff single in the bottom of the third by striking out Parker, then Matt Duffy as part of a strike ’em out, throw ’em out sequence to end the inning with the Giants still leading, 2-1. Peavy remained sharp in the fourth, retiring the Dodgers in order and getting Utley swinging for the third out.
Walking Brandon Crawford with one out in the bottom of the fourth didn’t come back to hurt Greinke or the Dodgers as Byrd followed by grounding into a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play. Grandal nearly tied the game in the fifth, but his fly ball was knocked down by the wind and died on the warning track in right field for the first out.
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