Max Muncy continued his domination of the San Francisco Giants with two home runs, Clayton Kershaw overcame a shaky start to go six innings and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers secured a series win over their Northern California rivals with a 10-5 triumph Wednesday night.
On the eve of the NBA playoffs, Klay Thompson’s brother Trayce also homered for the Dodgers, who rallied from a 3-0 deficit thanks in large part to an epic at-bat by Freddie Freeman.
Muncy’s first homer, a solo shot, and RBI hits by James Outman and Mookie Betts helped the Dodgers rally into a 3-3 tie before Giants reliever Taylor Rogers (0-1) walked Thompson, Chris Taylor and Betts to open the sixth.
Freeman followed by working Rogers to a full count after five pitches, then fouled off the left-hander’s next nine offerings before drawing a run-producing walk on the 15th pitch.
Will Smith then greeted Rogers’ replacement, John Brebbia, with a sacrifice fly before Muncy played long ball again, smacking a three-run shot to right field to make it a five-run inning and an 8-3 lead.
After having just one homer in the season’s first 10 games, Muncy had four in the series, giving him 25 in his career in just 252 career at-bats against the Giants.
Thompson’s homer, his fourth of the season, was a two-run shot that completed Los Angeles’ scoring in the seventh.
Kershaw (2-1) served up two runs in the first on a J.D. Davis sacrifice fly and a Darin Ruf double, then another in the second on a Wilmer Flores single, before settling down.
He did not allow another hit through the sixth, finishing with three runs (two earned) and five hits allowed. He walked two and struck out four in his 25th career win over the Giants.
Smith, Outman and J.D. Martinez joined Muncy with two hits, while Thompson scored twice for the Dodgers, who completed a 3-4 trip that included three straight losses in Arizona.
Flores capped a three-hit, two-RBI night with a run-scoring single in the seventh and Thairo Estrada hit a solo homer, his second, in the ninth for the Giants, who wrapped up a 2-4 homestand by getting out-hit 13-10.
Ruf, Estrada and Joey Bart collected two hits apiece for San Francisco.
Giants starter Alex Cobb did not get a decision after allowing two runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out two.
–Field Level Media