SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Julio Urías closed out San Francisco and contributed an RBI single for his goal, Cody Bellinger and AJ Pollock delivered two double doubles to blast it into the sixth, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Giants 9-2 on Saturday night despite their NL Division Series in one game per piece.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts declared earlier in the day, “We’re going to play this game like a do or die,” and the reigning World Series champions did just that by constantly adding, including Will Smith’s leadoff homer in the eighth.
Now, NL West runner -up Los Angeles – second place despite 106 wins – is back here and home to Chavez Ravine with a chance to ride momentum.
The best-of-five series moved to Dodger Stadium for Game 3 on Monday night across the square, hardly a surprise considering how close these clubs have been for months. The 107-win Giants beat the Dodgers for the division on the final day and ended the series 10-9 but surpassed the overall 80-78.
Urías hit a single RBI in the second to give Los Angeles the lead, and Mookie Betts followed with a single running scoring.
And the “Come on, Giants!” suddenly the chants compete against the Los Angeles loyal “Let’s go, Dodgers!” in a noisy, largely orange sellout crowd of 42,275.
San Francisco responded back in the bottom half when Urías walked over to Wilmer Flores heading in and handed Brandon Crawford the single. Flores advanced on Evan Longoria’s deep flyball to focus and scored on a sacrificial flight by Donovan Solano.
Urías does not seem to look.
Leading up to his start, the 25-year-old lefty stressed how dealing with these Giants will have immense focus-and the winner of 20 games is sure to part from the first tone to the massive right hand of Giants All-Star Kevin Gausman.
Urías is undefeated in his last 17 regular-seasons starting June 21, recording 11-0 along that line that included a Sept. 4 victory here at infamous Oracle Park. He blasted five and walked more than five innings on Saturday, giving one run to three hits.
Gausman, furiously chomping his bubble gum, had a tough action to follow after a Logan Webb jewel on his posteason debut a night earlier, when his right hand and a pair of pacifiers were held the slip to the Dodgers on five hits in a 4-0 victory.
Trea Turner doubled the lead in the sixth, and after Justin Turner’s move, Smith walked to chase Gausman after a 5 1/3 inning where he killed seven and walked three.
Trea Turner also contributed two stellar defensive plays at second base, while Betts prevented a potential Giants rally in the sixth with a perfect throw from the right field to catch Wilmer Flores in third.
Buster Posey’s sixth inning single gave him 54 career playoff hits, most in Giants postseason history. He had three hits in the game.
Roberts joined Bellinger at first base – he played four games there this year and 19 in 2020 – to get Chris Taylor’s bat in the lineup. Taylor hit a decisive two-run homer in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s 3-1 wild-card win against the Cardinals.
Taylor doubled his first at-bat with one in the second and combined 2 for 4 with a walk.
Bellinger also passed.
The 2019 NL MVP dropped to a .165 average in the regular season and was 0 for 5 with four strikeouts in the series before taking this one on a walk with his double in the sixth.
Prior to that, there had been 75,528 occasions that a player had fought 50 -plus times against a team at a time – including the posteason – since 1903, and Bellinger’s average of .038 (2 for 53) compared. the Giants are the lowest of any of the players, according to SportRadar.
Dodgers: Los Angeles remains hoping to have 1B Max Muncy back in action if the Dodgers advance. The slugger dropped his left elbow in the regular-series finale on Sunday after a collision with Milwaukee’s Jace Peterson earlier. Muncy, who batted .250 with 36 homers, was not expected to need surgery.
Giants: The 1B Brandon Belt is having a broken left thumb that was re -examined by hand expert Dr. Scott Hansen. The Belt and the Giants expect him to recover in time for a return to the NLCS if the Giants move forward.
Kapler plans to announce his Game 3 starter then, most likely left-hander Alex Wood or 13-game-winning righty Anthony DeSclafani. Roberts also did not announce his plans. Sunday is a day of rest.
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