Dodgers defeat the Giants, 3-1

Chris Taylor is about to drive in two runs with a single here in the second inning.
Chris Taylor is about to drive in two runs with a single here in the second inning.
(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Strong pitching and a key two-run single by Chris Taylor leads Dodgers past Giants in first game of two-game series.

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Dodgers beat Giants, 3-1

Closer Craig Kimbrel comes in to finish the game. Wilmer Flores walked on nine pitches. Brandon Crawford struck out swinging. Thairo Estrada flied to right. Luis Gonzalez laid a bunt up the third-base line and beat it out for a single. First and second, two out. Luke Williams grounded to short. Dodgers win.

Final score: Dodgers 3, Giants 1


We go to the ninth, Dodgers 3, Giants 1

Daniel Hudson comes in to pitch the eighth for the Dodgers. And the first batter he sees is familiar face Joc Pederson. And Pederson struck out swinging. Austin Slater walked on five pitches. Pinch-hitter Jason Vosler, batting for Mauricio Dubón, struck out swinging. Darin Ruf grounded to third.

In the bottom half, Hanser Alberto doubled down the left-field line to lead off. Left-hander Jose Alvarez comes in to pitch for the Giants. Mookie Betts singled to left, Alberto to third. Alberto scored and Betts to second on a wild pitch. Freddie Freeman walked on six pitches. Trea Turner flied to left. Will Smith struck out swinging. Max Muncy grounded to second after a long at-bat featuring several foul balls.

Score after eight innings: Dodgers 3, Giants 1


Giants pull closer, 2-1 Dodgers after seven

Brusdar Graterol came in to pitch and Wilmer Flores led off the seventh with a slow grounder that Justin Turner threw away. Flores gets a hit and an error. Brandon Crawford walked on seven pitches. Thairo Estrada grounded to the pitcher, the runners advancing. Ball was hit too slowly for a force play. Left-hander pinch-hitter Luis Gonzalez was announced, and that brought out Dave Roberts to replace Graterol with Alex Vesia. Gonzalez flied to center, scoring Flores. Luke Williams struck out swinging.

With right-hander John Brebbia on the mound, Justin Turner flied to center. Cody Bellinger flied to deep center. Chris Taylor struck out swinging.

Score after seven: Dodgers 2, Giants 1


Dodgers lead 2-0 after six innings

The Giants got a leadoff single from Thairo Estrada in the fifth, but he was left stranded after two fly outs and a ground out.

In the bottom half, Bellinger lined to left. Chris Taylor doubled to left. Hanser Alberto struck out swinging. Mookie Betts flied to shallow center.

Austin Slater lined to center in the top of the sixth. Mauricio Dubón flied to deep left-center, Bellinger making a nice running grab. One thing about Bellinger, even during his long, long, long, long slump, he never let it hurt his defense. Darin Ruf fouled to the catcher.

Through six shutout innings, Julio Urías has given up four hits and no walks while striking out four. He has thrown 65 pitches, 52 for strikes.

Freddie Freeman grounded to first. Trea Turner doubled down the left-field line. Will Smith flied to right, Turner to third. Max Muncy flied to right to end the inning.

Through six, Carlos Rodón has given up two runs and three hits while walking two and striking out three. He has thrown 95 pitches, 60 for strikes.

Score through six: Dodgers 2, Giants 0


Dodgers maintain 2-0 lead after four innings

The Giants got a two-out single in the top of the third, but Austin Slater was stranded when Mauricio Dubon struck out.

In the bottom of the third, Mookie Betts grounded to short, Freddie Freeman flied to left, Trea Turner flied to center.

The Giants went three up, three down in the top of the fourth.

Will Smith led off the bottom of the fourth and bounced to third. Well, Smith didn’t bounce to third, the ball he hit did. But you know what I mean. Max Muncy grounded to second. Justin Turner struck out swinging.

Score after four: Dodgers 2, Giants 0


Dodgers take 2-0 lead over Giants

The Giants got a leadoff single from Austin Slater, but a pop out and a double play ended the inning.

The Dodgers went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first.

The Giants got a two-out double in the top of the second, but did not score.

The Dodgers got a one-out walk to Max Muncy in the bottom of the second. After Justin Turner struck out, Cody Bellinger walked, putting runners on first and second with two out. The runners moved up on a wild pitch and both scored when Chris Taylor laced a single to right-center. Hanser Alberto grounded to third.

Score after two: Dodgers 2, Giants 0


All-Star weekend events are announced

When he was introduced as Dodgers president at a news conference 10 years ago, Stan Kasten immediately received a request from fans.

“As I started walking through the stands, that day fans were asking me, ‘Are we going to get an All-Star game?’ ” Kasten recalled Tuesday. “It had already been an unthinkable 32 years.”

A decade later, the Midsummer Classic will be played at Dodger Stadium for the first time since 1980. And during a news conference Tuesday at the stadium’s center-field plaza, the team and Major League Baseball unveiled the schedule of events that will dot the week.

The game will be held on Tuesday, July 19. All-Star week festivities, however, will begin days earlier and take place at several locations around the Southland.

From Friday, July 15, to Sunday, July 17, there will be an “All-Star Oceanfront” beach event at the Santa Monica Pier and Beach that will include youth baseball and softball activities on the beach next to the pier. There will also be All-Star carnival games and merchandise on the pier.

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Tommy Kahnle portrait
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They lost a division series to the Arizona Diamondbacks thanks to sloppy play and unproductive offense. Their bullpen faltered for one of the first times this season on Saturday, leading to a loss against the Detroit Tigers on the night Clayton Kershaw set the club’s career strikeout record.
Even after they pulled out Sunday’s rubber match against the Tigers, manager Dave Roberts and his players echoed the same message.

“The last week I don’t think we’ve played really good baseball,” Roberts said.

“Going forward,” added outfielder Mookie Betts, “we have to be better.”

Nonetheless, the Dodgers are still 14-7 and begin the month of May tied for the lead in the division, with a big two-game series against the San Francisco Giants on deck this week.

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ICYMI: Walker Buehler grinds out ace-worthy effort in Dodgers’ win over Tigers

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Opening day starts. Playoff outings. And, over the course of a season, the need to occasionally serve as a stopper for a pitching staff, putting an end to rough patches in a campaign before they become full-blown slumps.

That’s what Walker Buehler did for the Dodgers on Sunday.

With his team coming off three losses in its previous four games, Buehler wasn’t dominant against the Detroit Tigers. He gave up six hits. He dealt with traffic all day. He retired the side in order only once.

But he got the results he — and the team — needed anyway, pitching five scoreless innings to help the Dodgers win 6-3 and take two of three games against the Tigers this weekend at Dodger Stadium.

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