6/29/21 LOS ANGELES, CA - The Los Angeles Dodgers (47-31) won the last two games against the Chicago Cubs and now a two-game series against the first place National League West division leading San Francisco Giants (50-27).
Trevor Bauer ( RHP,8-5) pitched six innings and had eight strikeouts, gave up two home runs as the Dodgers beat Anthony DeSciafani (RHP,8-2) and the Giants 3-2.
DeSclafani had six strikeouts but gave up three home runs as the Giants left too many men in scoring position with one or two outs.
Mookie Betts led off in the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run over the right-center field wall to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Max Muncy followed Betts with a home run that made the score 2-0.
The Dodgers knew this game would be a dog fight series with the Giants, two of the best teams in the National League West.
"We know they're going to play us tough," Betts said. "It's two really good teams. I think we did a good job of not adding extra pressure on ourselves and going and playing another game like we always do."
LaMonte Wade Jr. knocked in a home run in the top of the third inning that had the Giants trailing 2-1.
Will Smith added another run for the Dodgers in the bottom of the fourth inning with a home run making the score 3-1.
The Giants scored in the top of the sixth inning with a home run by Brandon Crawford, now trail the Dodgers 3-2. After that run, Bauer struck out the next three batters.
Bauer did not pitch his best game and has given up home runs in his last two starts but has managed to get the strikeouts and outs needed to win games down the stretch.
"It's definitely bad luck," Bauer said. "I mean, it's not like I'm missing middle-middle with pitches. I guess at some point it'll get better, I guess. I don't know. But happy they're solos."
The Giants were in scoring position from the seventh to the ninth innings, but the Dodgers bullpen, Victor Gonzales, Blake Treinen, and Kenly Jansen picking up his 19th save, shut the door on the Giants to take a 1-0 lead in the series. For more photos, click on the link below. #mlb #ladodgers #giants #losangelesdodgers #sanfranciscogiants #majorleaguebaseball #mookiebetts #brandoncrawford #maxmuncy #tgsportsv1