Cody Bellinger’s grand single broke the tie in the eighth and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat San Francisco Giants 5-1 Friday evening to record their ninth consecutive win at home.
Bellinger hit a curveball to the plate over Sam Long (1-3), with two outs, and a 0-2 count for his seventh career grand-slam.
Mookie Betts (left) and Freddie Freeman (right) each had two hits for Dodgers. They are a NL-best 32-13 at home this year.
Thairo Estrada hit two for the Giants. They have now dropped two consecutive after having won five of six games before the All Star break.
Freeman started the Dodgers’ eighth inning with a base hit in center field. After advancing to second on a wild pitch, Freeman moved to third when LaMonte Jr., Giants’ first baseman, walked Max Muncy to get the ground ball.
After Gavin Lux struck out on the first pitch, Jake Lamb was hit with a pitch that loaded the bases. It set up Bellinger’s 12th homer for the season in the right field corner.
David Vesia (2-0), one the five Dodgers pitchers, won the victory.
Betts hit Logan Webb’s pitch up the middle and scored when Lux gave Lux a bases-loaded walked. The Dodgers could not add more runs in the first, when Lamb reached third baseman Evan Longoria.
Tyler Anderson retired eight San Francisco hitters, before Mike Yastrzemski won the shift by hitting a single to shallow right field in the third.
The Giants equalized the score in the fourth on Yermin’s RBI single. The Dodgers third baseman Muncy threw an error on Estrada’s base hit, which gave Longoria the opportunity to advance to third.
STATEMENTS OF STEALING
Dave Roberts, Los Angeles Dodgers’ manager, said that Tyler Anderson appeared to be looking at Tyler Anderson’s glove in order to determine what pitch he would throw next.
Four pitches into a game, Mark Prior, the pitching coaching coach, appeared to warn Anderson about Richardson. He told the umpires and Richardson was moved back into his box in the first base coaches box.
“Just a little gamesmanship,”Roberts. “They were doing some relaying of the signs from the first-base coach, so we just wanted to kind of nip that, get the coach in the box and let Tyler do his thing.”
Anderson was awarded a $500,000 bonus after he threw more than 100 innings. Anderson pitched six innings, allowed one unearned run on four hits, and struck out six.
Anderson is the Dodgers’ first hurler this season to surpass the century mark in innings.
WEBB SETTLES DOWN
Webb walked three batters straight in the first. He also threw 51 pitches during the first two innings.
The right-hander lasted six innings, despite only throwing 103 pitches. He allowed one run on five hits, with two strikeouts (and four walks) and gave up one run.
Giants: Tommy LaStella (Covid), went 1 for 3 in his first game as a rehabilitation assignment with Triple A Sacramento.
Dodgers: Justin Turner, 3B, is out for the next few days with abdominal tightness. Manager Dave Roberts stated that Turner is not in enough pain to be placed on the injured list, but also pointed out that Turner has not had his abdomen scanned.
Giants: LHP Alex Wood (7-6, 4.20 ERA) has a record of 1-2 in five starts. He has a 2-2-2 record in nine games against Dodgers.
Dodgers: LHP Julio Urías (8-6, 2.89 ERA) is 5-0 in his last six starts. His last loss was on June 12, against the Giants.