The Dodgers aren’t questioning the legitimacy of the San Francisco Giants, who have played far too well for too long to believe they’re some kind of fluke.
Nor are they concerned that the Giants entered a two-game streak at Chavez Ravine with the best record in the major leagues and, along with the San Diego Padres, pose a serious threat to their league supremacy. National West.
The Dodgers still have their division rivals in their sights and perhaps their sights, with their 3-2 victory over the Giants on Monday night moving them within 2 1/2 games of first place in West NL as the season approaches halfway.
“I just think we held the serve,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “To take the push early, you are now entering the summer, when teams start to be taxed more and it is more painful. … It’s starting to separate the good and bad teams. It’s going to happen this year, in my opinion, a big time. “
Closest to the Dodgers, Kenley Jansen, made his 19th save with a scoreless ninth inning, preserving starter Trevor Bauer’s victory, but it was not without drama.
Mike Tauchman opened the ninth with a single to left center fielder that Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger passed. But Bellinger recovered the ball and fired a strike at second baseman Chris Taylor, whose Tauchman label for the first out was confirmed by a replay review.
Jansen then struck out Buster Posey on strikes and put Alex Dickerson in second, ending a game in which all five points were scored on solo homers.
The Dodgers punished two errors from Giants starter Anthony DeSclafani in the first, with Mookie Betts fielding a fastball down center, 2 and 0 over the wall in left center for his 10th homerun of the season and Max Muncy crushing a midfielder. , 1 and 2 pellets at 424 feet in the flag of right field for his 16th homerun.
San Francisco’s LaMonte Wade Jr. halved the lead in third with a solo homerun that barely broke the wall at right field to make it 2-1. Will Smith of the Dodgers led in the bottom of the fourth with his 10th homer of the season, a left shot that extended the Dodgers’ lead to 3-1.
Giants ‘Brandon Crawford smashed his team-best 17th homer of the season to lead the sixth, a shot from 444 feet, 106 mph to cross a fastball Bauer first shot that reduced the Dodgers’ lead to 3-2.
Wilmer Flores followed with a brace on the left center field wall, putting the potential tie in a goalless goal position.
But Bauer stiffened, hitting Steven Duggar with an 82 mph curve, pulling Donovan Solano out on a Grounder in third and forcing pinch hitter Darin Ruf to chase an 84 mph slider, Bauer punctuating the puff by pushing both. arms up to the upper deck and hitting his chest three times.
That ended the night for Bauer, who allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings, struck out eight and walked one. Of the 71 hits he’s given up this season, 19, or 27 percent, have been home runs, the second-biggest home runs in baseball behind Chicago Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks (20).
Dodgers reliever Victor Gonzalez struggled in the seventh, hitting Wade with a pitch to open the inning and ceding a single to Posey. The left-hander escaped the jam by sending Dickerson flying down the middle and Crawford on a tapper towards the mound.
Dodgers right-hander Blake Treinen had an even more heart-wrenching escape act in the eighth, which began with a single from Flores – his fourth hit of the night – and a walk from Duggar.
Solano softly crashed into third, the runners advancing to put the potential for a tie and go-ahead in second and third with one out. But Treinen struck out pinch hitter Curt Casali with a wicked 87 mph slider and let Wade out at the shortstop, preserving the 3-2 lead.
Seager reaches the plateau
Corey Seager has “placed” in his rehabilitation after a fractured right hand, and a recent bone scan showed the hand is “not fully healed,” Roberts said. The shortstop takes balls off the ground, throws and runs, but he hasn’t bowed a bat since the start of last week.
“He’s just not responding,” Roberts said. “Time doesn’t help. He just doesn’t come. He still feels it when he hits, the vibration of the swing, so we’re going to put [hitting] on standby and slow down a bit.