Final Score: 9-5, Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers gained another game on the San Francisco Giants in the battle for first place in the National League west. The two teams began a three-game series Tuesday night in L.A. with the Dodgers leading by a game heading into the match. The Dodgers continue to be hot at the plate while the Giants, and specifically ace Madison Bumgarner continue to struggle.
Bumgarner allowed the Dodgers to score in the first three innings of the game and gave up a solo HR to recent triple-A acquisition Rob Segedin in the 2nd. He would allow five runs on 11 hits in total before being pulled in the 5th. Corey Seager, Adrian Gonzalez, and Justin Turner all had multi-hit games. Seager scored three runs on three hits in four ABs, Turner had three singles and an RBI in four plate appearances, and Gonzalez knocked in three runs on two hits in three ABs.
Andrew Toles also continued his impressive play since being moved up from triple-A by the Dodgers. He added two hits and three RBIs to his MLB resume Tuesday night, in two trips at the plate. Toles hit an RBI double that brought in Chase Utley, putting the Dodgers up 7-4 in the bottom of the sixth, and a two-run home run that put the game out of reach, 9-4 in the bottom of the 8th.
The Giants’ offense went cold after the fifth unable to get some runs back for Bumgarner. Giants center fielder Denard Span hit a solo shot in the 9th with no one on and two outs against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. Jansen would force a pop fly out of the next batter ending the evening.
Tuesday’s win gives the Dodgers the lead in the NL west for now but the winner of the series will move on as number one. The Dodgers must win again to keep the Giants from reclaiming the top spot.