So really, honestly, this time it could be different? This time a
There were signs again Monday night that it could be within reach, the Dodgers using a home run and two runs batted in from Puig to edge the
The Dodgers have experienced plenty of false starts through the first half of their season, but Monday's victory was significant on a couple of other fronts.
The Dodgers had lost five consecutive games to the Giants. And their timing in this three-game series could be fortuitous. With the loss, the Giants have dropped seven of their last 10 games and have fallen to .500 for the first time since April 7.
The score was tied 1-1 before the Dodgers pushed across a pair of decisive runs in the eighth.
That brought up Puig, who had already homered and singled off Bumgarner. The Giants went to reliever
Puig lined a hit past diving shortstop
The action came early Monday, just not often.
Puig – who else? – did the Dodgers' early damage, driving a 1-1 Bumgarner pitch to the opposite field, the ball curling inside the right-field foul pole and into the seats for his seventh home run of the season. That's seven in just 20 games.
The Giants got the run back in the second after
Arias scored without a play at the plate after left fielder
The Giants threatened in the fifth after
Ryu left with two outs in the seventh after Puig retreated to the wall in right, camped under a fly ball hit by Posey, then simply failed to catch it. At first the play was ruled an error, but then the official scorer changed it to a double. The ball appeared to miss Puig's glove.
Ryu allowed only one run, but he made it interesting. In his 6 2/3 innings, he gave up eight hits and four walks. He retired the side in order in only one inning.