Dodgers comeback falls short in a 5-4 loss to rival Giants

Los Angeles Dodgers #13 Max Muncy hit his 100th home run in his career in the bottom of the eighth inning. Photo by William Johnson/T.G.Sportstv1.

5/31/21 LOS ANGELES, CA - The Dodgers were trailing 5-0 heading into the eighth inning when Max Muncy hit a two-run home run, Albert Pujols hitting his third home run as Dodger in the ninth inning, and Jake McGee struck out Will Smith and got Austin Barnes to fly out to end the comeback bid and secure the 5-4 win over the Dodgers.

San Francisco took the series, winning three of the four games at Dodgers Stadium after being swept by the Dodgers at home last weekend in San Francisco at Oracle Park.

The Giants jumped on Clayton Kershaw (7-4) early, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning, when Evan Longoria grounded out and Austin Slater came home to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. Mauricio Duban gave the Giants a 3-0 lead with a two-run home run over the left-field wall hitting the foul pole.

"When you start the game like that in the first inning and give up three runs it's tough to come back, especially against a pitcher throwing as well as (Kevin) Gausman is," Kershaw said. "Kind of put the team in a tough spot today in the first and wasn't able to make up for it."

San Francisco Giants #13 Austin Slater hit a solo home run in the top of the third inning. Photo by William Johnson/T.G.Sportstv1.

The Giants got another run in the top of the third inning when Austin Slater hit a solo home run over the center-field wall making the score 4-0.

Kevin Gausman increased the Giants' lead to 5-0 hit a single into left-field, which allow Mauricio Dubon to score in the top of the fourth inning.

The Dodgers trail the Giants 5-2 after Max Muncy hit a two-run home run with Austin Barnes on base in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Los Angeles Dodgers #55 Albert Pujols hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.Photo by William Johnson/T.G.Sportstv1.

Albert Pujols would score the final two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning that made the final score 5-4.

"This series they were very aggressive, especially to the fastball," said manager Dave Roberts. "Our guys really value strike one. How you get there, you can certainly debate. But when it was hard, they were swinging."

San Francisco's starting pitcher Kevin Gausman (6-0) had a solid performance, holding the Dodgers scoreless through six innings while only giving up two hits with seven strikeouts.

Gausman left the game in the sixth inning after aggravating a hip injury. He went 5-0 during May with a 0.72 earned run average in 37 innings. The right-hander gave up 22 hits with six walks and 49 strikeouts.

"He was pounding the zone," said Max Muncy. "His stuff was good. He wasn't missing any spots."

San Francisco improved to (33-20) and is half a game behind the San Diego Padres while the Dodgers (31-22) dropped to third place in the NL West. Los Angeles will begin a three-game series with St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. For more photos from this game, click on the link below. #mlb #ladodgers #giants #losangelesdodgers #austinslater #maxmuncy #albertpujols #majorleaguebasebase #tgsportstv1