Wrap: Dodgers fall in 10th, suffer sweep at hands of Giants
SAN FRANCISCO – Justin Maxwell singled home Angel Pagan with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning as the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Thursday at AT&T Park to complete a sweep of their three-game series.
The winning hit came off reliever Juan Nicasio, who allowed a leadoff single to Pagan before getting Buster Posey to fly out. Nicasio then intentionally walked Brandon Belt to set up Maxwell for the winning hit.
The finish spoiled a good day for Mike Bolsinger, a Triple-A callup who pitched well in a spot start. The Dodgers also got solo home runs from Adrian Gonzalez and Alex Guerrero.
Guerrero got the start at third base after hitting a pinch-hit two-run homer against Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday night. It was his third home run in just 17 plate appearances this season. Then, in his 18th plate appearance, he took Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong deep with two outs in the second inning on Thursday.
Gonzalez added his sixth home run of the season in the third inning, taking Vogelsong deep over the center field wall to make it 2-0.
Bolsinger allowed one run on five hits in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out five and walked two.
The loss dropped the Dodgers to 9-6 and was their first three-game sweep at the hands of the Giants since May 3-5, 2013 in San Francisco. It is also their first three-game losing streak since getting swept at home by Milwaukee on Aug. 15-17, 2014, a span of 50 games.
The Giants improved to 7-10.
At the plate
Gonzalez entered the game leading the Majors in batting average (.432), slugging percentage (.868), on-base percentage (.500), extra-base hits (13) and total bases (46). His average dropped to .414 with a 1-for-5 day.
Guerrero, meanwhile, continues to impress in his limited action. In addition to his home run, he also singled in the seventh off Jeremy Affeldt and he is hitting .474 with a 1.211 slugging percentage.
Other than those two, the offense was quiet, with Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson and Juan Uribe each contributing a single, and Howie Kendrick and Puig each drawing a walk.
On the mound
Bolsinger was solid in his first regular season start for the Dodgers, throwing 49 of his 81 pitches for strikes and for the most part holding the Giants at bay.
The right-hander, who was just named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week, was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City for the spot start.
He gave up his only run in the sixth when Joe Panik drew a one-out walk and eventually scored on a Brandon Belt single. Bolsinger was replaced by Chris Hatcher with two outs in the inning, and Hatcher struck out Maxwell to end the frame.
Yimi Garcia had another dominant outing, striking out two in a perfect seventh. J.P. Howell and Joel Peralta combined to load the bases in the eighth, but Peralta got out of it when Maxwell's line drive up the middle was speared by a diving Kendrick.
Pedro Baez allowed the Giants to tie it 2-2 in the ninth as he allowed a single to Casey McGehee and a triple by Brandon Crawford. He kept it at a tie by strikng out Gregor Blanco and popping up Nori Aoki and coaxing an easy fly ball out of Panik.
Nicasio took the loss, dropping to 0-1.
In the field
Kendrick had the play of the game, as his diving catch with the bases loaded in the eighth inning prevented the Giants from at least tying the game.
Kendrick was shaded up the middle, but still had to move quickly to his right to grab the hard-hit ball by Justin Maxwell.
On the base paths
Yasmani Grandal gunned down Brandon Crawford on an attempted steal in the third inning, but Pagan got revenge by stealing safely in the 10th and eventually scoring the winning run. The Dodgers had few base runners and were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position.
The Dodgers head to San Diego to start a three-game series against the Padres on Friday night at Petco Park. Zack Greinke (2-0, 1.83 ERA) will take the mound looking for his third win. He’ll face Andrew Cashner (1-2, 2.65), who allowed three home runs to Adrian Gonzalez when they met on April 8, which ended up being a 7-4 Dodger victory.