LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have hit a lot of homers as a team in June so it came as no surprise when they used two more on Friday night to help them take the opener over the Giants by the score of 3-2.
Home runs number 31 and 32 in their 12th game of the month belonged to Kiké Hernandez in the first and Matt Kemp in the fourth.
The victory makes it 10 wins in 12 June games and the 20th in the last 26 to go four games above .500. The Dodgers are now 16-7 when facing a left-handed starter.
The go-ahead run was made possible by an Austin Jackson error in the fourth inning. After Kemp homered, Grandal hit a ball to the warning track where Jackson misplayed it. As the ball bounced off Jackson’s glove, Grandal ended up at third and would score on a Yasiel Puig double.
Ross Stripling was outstanding again, pitching into the seventh inning for the third time in his last four starts. Through the first six innings, the 28-year-old had allowed only two hits, retiring 18 of 19 after giving up a double on the second pitch of the game.
The only blemish on an otherwise great night came in the seventh inning when Stripling allowed a two-run homer to Pablo Sandoval. A line drive that snuck over the bullpen gate in left, cutting the Dodger lead to 3-2.
Stripling struck out six without allowing a walk to give the right-hander 59 strikeouts against just four walks since he joined the rotation on May 6. It was also the eighth straight start of allowing two runs or less.
The bullpen came in and did their job, getting the final eight outs without allowing a baserunner.
The Dodgers will get their first look at Madison Bumgarner (0-1, 4.76) in 2018. The Giants’ lefty will be making his third start of the year after coming off the disabled list June 5. The Dodgers will counter with Alex Wood (1-5, 4.43) who will look to turn his season around after giving up at least four runs in each of the last three starts.
Home run: Kiké Hernandez (9) Matt Kemp (11)
WP - Ross Stripling (2-1): 6 1⁄3 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 6 strikeouts
LP - Derek Holland (2-1): 5 IP, 5 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 2 walks, 7 strikeouts
SV - Kenley Jansen (16): 1 IP, 1 strikeout