Betts three-run shot leads LA to four game sweep of Giants

BY RICK PORCARO

The Dodgers extended the Giants misery with a 5-3 win at Oracle Park Thursday afternoon, completing their second four-game sweep of San Francisco in just two weeks since the All-Star break.

The outcome assured the Dodgers of their first four game sweep in San Francisco since July 1977 and their eighth straight win head-to-head matches the longest streak since the two teams relocated to California in 1958.

The Giants jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the second on the strength of a two run homer by J.D. Davis, playing in just his second game for San Francisco after being acquired at the trade deadline Tuesday.

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Mookie Betts receives congratulations in the Los Angeles dugout after blasting a three-run home run in the fourth inning of the Dodgers 5-3 win over the Giants Thursday afternoon at Oracle Park.

Los Angeles bounced back to take a 4-2 lead in the fourth when Mookie Betts connected for a three run home run to deep center off of John Brebbia, his 25th homer of the season, just three pitches after he replaced Giants starter and loser Jakob Junis (4-3, 3.05).

Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw, who had allowed three hits and two runs (one unearned) thru the first four innings had to leave the game when he experienced lower back pain while warming up to start the fifth, three outs shy of qualifying for the 193rd win of his career.

The Dodgers extended the lead to 5–2 in the seventh when Trea Turner took a Yunior Marte pitch over the centerfield wall for his 18th home run of the year.

San Francisco cashed in a Brandon Belt pinch-hit double to score a run in the ninth and make it interesting, but Dodgers closer Craig Kimbrel was able to close the door and record his 20th save of the season.

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J.D.Davis watches the flight of his second inning home run, his first as a member of the Giants, during the Dodgers 5-3 win over San Francisco Thursday afternoon at Oracle Park.

“It’s never fun to get to get swept, let alone your rival, and we haven’t been playing great,” Junis said. “I would say, yeah, there’s definitely some frustration. Hopefully, we can not dwell on it too much and put this in the rearview mirror and focus on Oakland this weekend, get a couple of wins and and string some more together.”

“My slider just wasn’t sweeping. I was leaving it arm-side a lot, missing with it,” Junis added. “When I was in the zone with it, it was kind of up. I’m definitely going to work on it in my bullpen and see if we can get it back to more consistently where it was before.”

After a much-needed day off tomorrow the Giants will travel across the Bay Bridge for a two game series in Oakland. Carlos Rodon (9-6, 3.00) will get the ball for San Francisco Saturday in a 4:07 PM start against the Athletics Adam Oller (1-4, 7.68).

GAME NOTES:

The Giants record since the All-Star break fell to 3-12. The Dodgers meanwhile are 12-3, the best mark in the Majors.

San Francisco has now lost 11 straight games against NL West opponents, the longest streak of futility by any Giants team in the divisional era that began in 1969.

The Dodgers Freddie Freeman and Trea Turner are attempting to become the first pair of teammates to finish 1-2 in the Majors in hits during the regular season since 2001 when Ichiro Suzuki and Brett Boone finished 1-2 for the Mariners. Tuesday night was just the third time all season that both members of the duo went hitless in the same game.

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