LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kyle Farmer’s two-run double in the 11th inning in his first major league at-bat lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers to their eighth straight win, 3-2 over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday night.
Corey Seager doubled down the right-field line with one out for his third hit of the game and Justin Turner was walked intentionally. Farmer then lined a 3-2 pitch from Luis Suarez (0-1) down the right-field line, scoring Seager and Turner just ahead of the throw home for the Dodgers’ 31st comeback victory.
The Dodgers won for the 39th time in 45 games, and completed their 14th sweep this season. Los Angeles turned a franchise-record six double plays as they improved to 26-3 at home since June 7. The Dodgers improved to 26-3 at home since June 7 and are now 74-31 overall, 4 1/2 games ahead of the Houston Astros for the best record in baseball.
Joe Panik had given the Giants a 2-1 lead in the top of the inning as he muscled the first pitch from reliever Luis Avilan through a drawn-in infield for a single into shallow center field that scored Kelby Tomlinson from third. Tomlinson had reached third after leading off the 11th with a single to center off reliever Brandon Morrow. He then stole second and took third on Denard Span’s grounder to second.
Pedro Baez (3-1) got the last two outs in the top of the 11th to pick up the win.
Both team squandered opportunities to score in the 10th. The Giants left runners on first and third as Gorkys Hernandez fouled out to first baseman Cody Bellinger. The Dodgers then stranded runners on first and second when reliever Chris Gearrin retired Joc Pederson on a grounder to second.
The Dodgers tied the score 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth when Chase Utley led off with an infield single, stole second, and scored on Yasiel Puig’s single up the middle. The Dodgers went on to load the bases with two outs, only to have Cody Bellinger fly out to Giants left fielder Hernandez.
Los Angeles also came up empty after loading the bases in the eighth on three walks by reliever Hunter Strickland, as Austin Barnes to fly out to right fielder Hunter Pence to end the threat.
Conor Gillaspie had given the Giants a 1-0 lead in the eighth with his seventh career pinch-hit home run, driving an 0-2 pitch from reliever Josh Fields just beyond a leaping Puig over the right field wall.
Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, pitching on his 28th birthday, held the Dodgers to five hits over seven innings, striking out seven against one walk in his fourth start since coming off the disabled list after missing 75 games with a shoulder injury suffered in a dirt bike accident.
Dodger starter Hyun-Jin Ryu also pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out seven and walking one in his best outing of the season.
Giants: RHP Mark Melancon (right pronator strain) began a rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Sacramento. He was scheduled to pitch the first inning. … RHP Johnny Cueto (blisters) is scheduled to make a rehab start for Class-A San Jose on Monday night. … Brandon Belt (sore right wrist) returned to the Giants lineup after sitting out todays, but needed to pass a pregame batting practice test before it was official, Manager Bruce Bochy said.
Dodgers: 1B Adrian Gonzalez took nine at-bats in a simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, and is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma City this year. … OF Andre Either took an extended batting practice Sunday, but it figures to be late August before the Dodgers consider his return, Manager Dave Roberts said.
Giants: RHP Matt Cain will start the opener of a two-game series in Oakland, the first half of a four-game home-and-home set against the A’s. Cain carries a personal eight-game losing streak, losing his most recent start, giving up six runs and six hits in four innings against Pittsburgh.
Dodgers: RHP Kenta Maeda will start the opener against Atlanta on Tuesday, bringing an 8-2 record with a 3.00 ERA over his last 14 appearances. He won his most recent start, giving up a run and five hits in five innings against Minnesota on Tuesday.
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