Chris Taylor had an early two-run single, Julio Urías pitched six scoreless innings of four-hit ball, and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened their annual rivalry series against the San Francisco Giants with a 3-1 victory Tuesday night.
Los Angeles won the ninth inning with Hanser Alberto scoring twice and scoring in the eighth. Craig Kimbrel walked Wilmer Flores and gave up a two-out bunt single to Luis González before getting Luke Williams to ground into a forceout, earning his fifth save.
Carlos Rodón pitched six innings of three-hit ball, but took his first loss for the Giants in the first of 19 much-anticipated meetings between the California archrivals this season.
To surpass last season’s series which was among the most entertaining in its 133-year history, they’ll need to entertain the audience.
These powerhouses won a combined 213 games last season, with the 107-win Giants going 10-9 against LA — and ending the 106-win Dodgers’ eight-year reign in the NL West by that one victory. Los Angeles beat San Francisco in a five-game Division Series. But Dodgers manager Dave Roberts could clearly see his team was exhausted from that effort, before the NLCS loss.
Urías (2-1) largely cruised through this start, but was pulled after just 65 pitches. After having walked eight times in his previous four starts, the 2020 World Series star didn’t take any walks.
Rodón (3-1) allowed just three total runs in his first four starts for the Giants, but Los Angeles got him in trouble during a 27-pitch second inning in which the left-hander walked two and threw a wild pitch before Taylor’s single to right-center.
Rodón otherwise allowed only doubles by Taylor and Trea Turner in his six innings. Turner went 1 for 3 with that 112-mph drive in his first career meeting with Rodón, his buddy and former teammate at North Carolina State.
San Francisco broke through in the seventh when Flores reached on third baseman Justin Turner’s terrible throw, advanced on a groundout and scored on pinch-hitter González’s sacrifice fly to left. Alex Vesia struck out Williams to end the rally.
Los Angeles added a run in the eighth when Alberto doubled, advanced on Mookie Betts’ single and scored on José Álvarez’s wild pitch.
Joc Pederson received a lot of boos before he was allowed to play as a pinch-hitter for the Giants in his first visit at Dodger Stadium. When he returned to Dodger Stadium last season, the long-time outfielder received a more warm reception from the Cubs as well as Braves.
Giants: OF LaMonte Wade Jr. is “physically ready to come off the injured list,”Gabe Kapler was the manager. Wade’s knee strength is not yet strong enough for him to start nine innings. He could be activated Wednesday. … OF Mike Yastrzemski may be activated from the COVID-19 listing Wednesday.
Roberts refused to name his starting pitcher for Wednesday’s match before the series opener. He admitted to some gamesmanship. Former teammate Alex Wood (2-1, 4.19 ERA) will be facing LA. Wood is coming off his worst season against Washington.