After losing a fifth consecutive game to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers were in search of a Father’s Day win to help send them off on their 10-game road trip that begins Monday in Chicago.
Angel Pagan opened the game with a single to left field, though he was quickly erased on a 3-6-3 double play. Matt Duffy lined a comebacker off Brett Anderson’s left ankle and the ball caromed into foul territory off the third base line. Justin Turner chased it down and threw Duffy out at second base to end the inning.
Tim Lincecum walked Justin Turner with two outs in the bottom of the first and it wound up sparking a small rally. Adrian Gonzalez lined a base hit to center field out of the reach of a diving attempt by Brandon Crawford, who was positioned behind second base as part of a shift. Turner then scored on Lincecum’s wild pitch and the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead.
Howie Kendrick knocked a single to left that moved Gonzalez to third base and left runners on the corners for Alex Guerrero, who struck out swinging. Anderson worked a quick second inning, retiring the side in order and picking up his first strikeout of the game along the way.
With the Giants again overloading the right side with a shift, Yasmani Grandal dropped down a bunt to the left of the mound for a single. Jimmy Rollins followed with a base hit to left and Anderson advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Yasiel Puig worked a full count as part of a 10-pitch at-bat before hitting a two-run single to center that extended the Dodgers’ lead to 3-0.
Joc Pederson doubled Puig in with a shot to the right-center field gap, and advanced to third base on the throw home. Lincecum’s troubles continued as Turner hit an RBI single to left field and he was able to take an extra base on Brandon Belt’s error as he first bobbled the ball and then kicked it.
Yusmeiro Petit replaced Lincecum and promptly gave up a base hit to Gonzalez. After a Kendrick pop-up, Guerrero again came up empty with a runner in scoring position as he lined out to left to end the inning. Anderson walked Belt to start the third, which was followed by an Andrew Susac base hit to center.
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