Yasiel Puig, Dodgers Take It to Giants in Rubber Game
Don't look at the standings, Giants.
The Los Angeles Dodgers put up runs early on their way to a 9-3 win over their division rivals. They increased their lead in the NL West to six games and lowered their magic number to five.
After taking a no-hitter to the final out in his last appearance at Dodger Stadium, left-hander Matt Moore didn't make it one batter before allowing a hit. A few batters later, Yasiel Puig crushed a three-run home run to give the Dodgers a lead they would not give up.
For Puig, it had to have been gratifying to deliver against the Giants just two nights after being involved in a minor scuffle with Madison Bumgarner. While the home run wasn't against the Giants' ace, it did hurt his team and helped the Boys in Blue get closer to their fourth straight division title.
Kenta Maeda threw five innings and allowed three hits, two runs (one earned), two walks and struck out six. He improves to 16-9 and lowered his ERA to 3.20 in his 30th start of the year.
The Dodgers scored five in the first, sandwiching Puig's home run with RBI singles by Adrian Gonzalez and Maeda. They went on to add another run in the second on a Justin Turner sacrifice fly and two more in the third with a Howie Kendrick two-run double. Kendrick finished his night with two hits.
A trio of left-handers finished the game for the NL West leaders with Julio Urías throwing two innings, and Alex Wood and J.P. Howell throwing one apiece.
Andrew Toles continued his hot hitting, adding a pinch-hit RBI double in the bottom of the fifth.