LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers scored in the bottom of the eighth inning to seize the lead, and went on to beat the Giants for just the second time in seven chances with a 3-1 win Monday night at Dodger Stadium.
The last time Los Angeles beat San Francisco this season was Opening Day, when Clayton Kershaw pitched a shutout and hit a home run. Since then, it was five straight losses for the Dodgers against their rivals, including three straight by one run.
But that was all without Yasiel Puig up in the majors.
Now the Dodgers have him, and the Giants saw plenty Monday in their first glimpse of the rookie outfielder.
Puig hit an RBI single in the eighth inning off the just-recalled George Kontos, and he opened the scoring with a first-inning homer off Madison Bumgarner (7-5). For much of the game, Puig was the only one who could hit Bumgarner, who allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits in seven-plus innings.
Puig went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, giving him 14 RBIs in 20 major league games. He had two hits off Bumgarner, who dominated the Dodgers in his two previous starts.
Puig also belted a one-out solo home run in the first inning, his seventh of the year, to put the Dodgers up 1-0.
Hyun-Jin Ryu scattered eight hits and four walks while allowing just one run in 6²⁄³ innings for the Dodgers. Ronald Belisario, Paco Rodriguez and Kenley Jansen finished the game for Los Angeles, with Rodriguez (2-2) getting the win and Jansen his fifth save. Los Angeles earned its third straight win, tying a season high.
San Francisco chipped away at the Dodgers early but had little to show for it, while Los Angeles just got one big bop from a familiar source.
The Giants managed seven hits in the first five innings but only had one run to show for it, a second-inning RBI single by Andres Torres that scored Joaquin Arias and tied the game at 1.
NOTES: Dodgers centerfielder Matt Kemp, who is on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Albuquerque, could return later this week. After Monday's game, he's just 2-for-11 with six strikeouts for the Isotopes. ... Bumgarner entered the game with a 16-inning scoreless streak against the Dodgers, with back-to-back eight-inning, zero-run performances. ... The reeling Giants entered the game on a 15-22 streak since May 14, the third-lowest winning percentage (.405) in the majors during that time.