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Dodgers win emotionally charged game over Giants, 4-2

Justin Turner
Justin Turner reacts after hitting his second home run of the night off San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner in a 4-2 victory on Sept. 23.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

KEY MOMENT: With the Dodgers holding a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning, Justin Turner provided them with a two-run cushion by blasting a solo home run off Madison Bumgarner. The home run was Turner’s second of the game, as the utility man also led off the first inning with a shot off the Giants’ left-hander. “He’s a beast out there,” Matt Kemp said of Turner.

ON THE MOUND: Zack Greinke pitched his best game in almost a month, as he limited the Giants to two runs and six hits over eight innings. The Giants scored their only runs against him in the third inning, when Bumgarner hit a two-run homer to reduce the Dodgers’ lead to 3-2. Greinke struck out five and walked none. The last time Greinke pitched eight innings was Aug. 30. Kenley Jansen pitched for the third consecutive day and recorded his 44th save.

AT THE PLATE: After Turner’s first homer, Yasiel Puig was hit on the foot, leading to a confrontation with Bumgarner and a bench-clearing incident. Two batters later, Kemp hit a two-run home run off Bumgarner to increase the Dodgers’ lead to 3-0. But the Dodgers didn’t do much against the Giants’ ace after that. Their only hit over the next six innings was a bloop single to center field by Scott Van Slyke in the fourth inning, and Van Slyke was thrown out as he tried to stretch it into a double.

MEDICAL REPORT: Hyun-Jin Ryu is unlikely to pitch before the playoffs, Manager Don Mattingly conceded. “I’d be a little surprised if we saw him before the end of the year,” Mattingly said. However, Mattingly sounded optimistic about Ryu’s chances of pitching in the playoffs. “I think we’re pleased with the progress of Hyun-Jin and how he’s doing,” Mattingly said. “He’s moving forward and not having any complaints” after playing catch.

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EXTRA BASES: The next time Chris Perez pitches, he will draw a $500,000 bonus. Perez is already guaranteed to make $3.8 million this season, according to a person familiar with the details of his contract who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The former All-Star closer is drawing a base salary of $2.3 million and has already earned $1.5 million in incentives — $500,000 each for his 35th, 40th and 45th appearances. Perez’s 50th appearance would be worth another $500,000. Perez has pitched in 49 games, posting a 4.27 earned-run average.

UP NEXT: Clayton Kershaw (20-3, 1.80 ERA) will face Tim Hudson (9-12, 3.52) and the Giants at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday at 7 p.m. On the air: TV: SportsNet LA, KDOC, ESPN. Radio: 570, 1020.


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