Final: Dodgers clinch series, win seventh in a row with 4-2 defeat of Giants
The Giants made it interesting in the ninth, scoring two runs and putting the tying runners on the corners with two outs.
But David Price, who inherited a jam from Reyes Moronta, was able to get out of it, completing the Dodgers’ 4-2 win.
The Dodgers have have matched a season-long winning streak of seven games and clinched a series win in this weekend’s four-game set.
They are 63-30 on the season and have put 15.5 games between themselves and the Giants in the NL West standings (the Padres won Saturday, so the Dodgers division lead remains 10.5 games).
Final: Dodgers 4, Giants 2
Dodgers extend lead after Julio Urías’ scoreless start
Julio Urías completed six scoreless innings today, the latest strong performance from a Dodgers rotation that has combined for 17 straight innings to begin the second half of the season without allowing an earned run.
The lineup then padded the lead, getting an RBI triple from Gavin Lux in the sixth and a solo home run from Freddie Freeman in the seventh.
The latter marked the first time Freeman, Mookie Betts and Trea Turner have all homered in the same game for the Dodgers this year.
End 7th: Dodgers lead 4-0
Mookie Betts, Trea Turner hit back-to-back home runs to give Dodgers the lead
Alex Wood had struck out five batters in a row.
Then Mookie Betts and Trea Turner came to the plate.
In back-to-back two-out at-bats, Betts and Turner went deep to open the scoring, Betts hitting his 22nd of the year and 200th of his career to left and Turner hitting his 15th of the campaign to left-center.
It was Betts’ second hit of the day, and makes him 7 for 11 against Wood in his career in the regular season.
End 3rd: Dodgers lead 2-0
With increased fastball velocity, Julio Urías off to good start
Julio Urías is through three scoreless innings, riding a fastball that so far today has featured increased velocity.
After averaging 92.8 mph with his heater entering today, Urías is sitting above 94 mph with the pitch.
He has given two hits to Austin Slater, a double in the first and single in third, but retired every other batter he’s faced so far.
Mid 3rd: No score
Chris Taylor nearing rehab assignment; Blake Treinen close to next step
Chris Taylor is close to turning a corner in his recovery from a foot fracture.
On Saturday afternoon, Taylor took early batting practice on the field. Afterward, manager Dave Roberts said the outfielder could go out on a minor-league rehab assignment as soon as next weekend, as long as he’s cleared to resume running by then.
“I still think that we’re still kind of not over the hump yet, as far as kind of pushing him on running and things like that,” Roberts said. “But I think that’s supposed to be in the coming days. And if he checks that box, then we’ll send him out.”
Taylor has been out since July 4 with the injury. The Dodgers have been using a platoon of Trayce Thompson and Jake Lamb to fill his spot in the lineup.
Treinen close to facing hitters
After Blake Treinen threw another bullpen session on Saturday afternoon, continuing his throwing program as he nurses a shoulder injury, Roberts said the reliever is close to taking another step, on track to potentially face hitters for the first time since his April injury following one more bullpen session.
Heaney rejoining rotation
Andrew Heaney is set to return from a shoulder injury and rejoin the Dodgers rotation in next week’s series against the Washington Nationals. The Dodgers could use a six-man rotation for one turn in order to give their pitchers an extra day of rest.
Justin Turner out of lineup for second straight day, also unlikely to play Sunday
Justin Turner was not in the Dodgers lineup for a second straight day, as he continues to battle discomfort near his ribs.
In Turner’s place, Max Muncy was slotted in at third base and Hanser Alberto was tabbed as the designated hitter.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Turner likely won’t play on Sunday, either, adding that a possible back-dated injured list stint remains a possibility for the veteran third baseman.
Trying to clinch a series win today against the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers will send left-hander Julio Urías to the mound. He entered the All-Star break with an 8-6 record and 2.89 ERA.
Former Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood will be on the mound for the Giants. He enters with a 6-7 record and 4.20 ERA.
Here’s the Dodgers full lineup:
Should Diego Cartaya fans be worried? Five takeaways on the Dodgers’ MLB draft
During the first round of this year’s MLB draft, Dodgers vice president of amateur scouting Billy Gasparino did the only thing he could last Sunday.
Sit and wait for the Dodgers first pick to come up.
“This time felt a little longer,” Gasparino joked. “I always blame [president of baseball operations] Andrew Friedman in these cases.”
Indeed, the Dodgers didn’t make their first pick this year until the beginning of the second round at No. 40 overall, a penalty for the club exceeding the luxury tax threshold last year.
ICYMI: Cody Bellinger is Dodgers’ grand-slam hero vs. Giants
There was an eruption from the crowd. Air horns over the public address system. And, in a dramatic scene in the bottom of the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium on Friday night, a cathartic relief from the Dodgers hitter who perhaps needed it the most.
With the bases loaded and the score tied, shades of the old Cody Bellinger finally reappeared at Chavez Ravine.
In an 0-and-2 count with two outs, the former most valuable player and once-feared left-handed slugger unloaded on a curveball over the plate, blasting a monumental — and, the Dodgers hope, momentous — grand slam that sent the team to a 5-1 win over the San Francisco Giants.
How to watch and stream the Dodgers this season
Here’s a look at the Dodgers broadcast and streaming schedule for the remainder of the 2022 regular season: