After dropping the first two contests of the weekend in disappointing fashion, the Dodgers rebounded in the finale on Sunday to handle the Giants in convincing fashion, 5-0.
To open the scoring, Matt Beaty homered to right in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring Cody Bellinger, who reached on a walk in the previous AB. The blast was Beaty’s ninth long ball of the year. After four, the Dodgers led, 2-0.
One inning later, after Russell Martin singled to center and Joc Pederson reached on a fielding error, Corey Seager delivered his 14th bomb of the season into the center field stands. Seager’s shot gave the Dodgers a 5-0 lead and closed the scoring for the remainder of the afternoon.
The Dodgers used six total pitchers in the affair. Julio Urias handles the starting duties and tossed two scoreless innings of three-hit ball while striking out four.
Righty Kenta Maeda shouldered most of the workload, throwing four full innings while earning the victory. He allowed just one hit and struck out six batters with no walks. Maeda improved his record to 9-8.
The remainder of the Los Angeles bullpen crew—Casey Sadler, Yimi Garcia, Adam Kolarek and Josh Sborz—did not allow a hit over the final three frames. A walk from Sborz in the ninth inning spoiled the quartet’s bid for perfection.
Starter Dereck Rodriguez threw 4-2/3 innings for the Giants and took the loss. The righty surrendered all five runs—two of which were earned—on three hits and three walks. The loss resulted in Rodriguez’s record falling to 5-9.
With the win, the magic number for the Dodgers to clinch the NL West moves to two games.
In other news, third baseman Justin Turner was out of the lineup for Sunday’s game due to a sore ankle. His absence was initially believed to be the result of a rest day, but the Dodgers later relayed that an ankle injury spurred by him being hit by a pitch on Friday was the chief cause.
After an off day Monday, the Dodgers expect Turner to rejoin the lineup at either third base or designated hitter Tuesday in Baltimore.
Coincidentally, the MLB rescinded Turner’s one-game suspension after he allegedly bumped home plate umpire Rob Drake on August 26 in San Diego.