LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Taylor had a first two-run single, Julio Urías pitched six four-hit scoreless innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened their annual rivalry series against the San Francisco Giants. Francisco with a 3-1 win on Tuesday night.
Hanser Alberto doubled and scored in the eighth inning for Los Angeles, which won for the third time in four games despite a hair-raising ninth. Craig Kimbrel walked Wilmer Flores and gave up a two-out bunt single to Luis González before making Luke Williams go for a forced out, earning his fifth save.
Carlos Rodón threw six innings on three hits, but suffered his first loss for the Giants in the first of 19 highly anticipated meetings between the California rivals this season.
They’ll need to be hugely entertaining to top last season’s series, which was among the best in the bicoastal rivalry’s 133-season history.
These powerhouses won a combined 213 games last season, with the Giants winning 107 against LA — and ending the Dodgers’ eight-year reign of 106 wins in the NL West with that single win. Los Angeles then edged out San Francisco in a thrilling five-game split series, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts could tell his team was exhausted from the effort ahead of their NLCS loss to Atlanta.
Urías (2-1) went well over that start, but was retired after just 65 shots. The 2020 World Series star issued no walks after walking eight in his first four starts.
Rodón (3-1) allowed just three runs overall in his first four starts for the Giants, but Los Angeles gave him trouble on a 27-pitch second inning in which the southpaw walked two and threw a wild pitch before Taylor’s single. to the centre-right.
Rodón otherwise only allowed doubles from 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 hit third baseman Justin Turner’s terrible throw, advanced on a ground, and scored on González’s sacrificial volley to the left. Alex Vesia ended the rally by taking out Williams.
Los Angeles added a run in the eighth when Alberto doubled, advanced on Mookie Betts’ single and scored on José Álvarez’ wild field.
Joc Pederson was booed heavily before turning hitting on his first visit to Dodger Stadium with the Giants. The longtime Dodgers outfielder received a warmer welcome upon his return to the Cubs and Braves last season.
Giants: OF LaMonte Wade Jr. is “physically ready to come off the injured list,” manager Gabe Kapler has said. The team is waiting for Wade’s knee to be strong enough to play nine innings. It could be activated on Wednesday. … FROM Mike Yastrzemski could return from the COVID-19 list on Wednesday.
Roberts declined to reveal his starter for Wednesday’s game before the series opener, admitting a bit of play. LA will face former teammate Alex Wood (2-1, 4.19 ERA), who is coming off his worst start to season against Washington.
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