The day after the Dodgers were shutout victims, they gave the Giants a taste of their own medicine. A 5-0 victory over the rival helped the Dodgers avoid getting swept and it also brought their magic number down to two.
The Dodgers were getting no-hit through 3 2⁄3 innings before they got things going on offense. With two outs in the fourth, Cody Bellinger worked a walk and Matt Beaty immediately followed with a home run to right field.
.@matt_beatybu knew. pic.twitter.com/1iPhaJtvok— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 8, 2019
This isn’t all the damage to be done against Giants starting pitcher, Dereck Rodríguez. The Dodgers came right back in the fifth inning to bring home some insurance runs. Russell Martin and Joc Pederson both reached base to set up Corey Seager for a 3-run home run.
Kenta Maeda, who came out of the bullpen, also made moves in the fifth inning. He hit a sacrifice bunt to move Martin over one base, giving Maeda the MLB lead for most sacrifices with 13.
But that’s not all Maeda was good for on Sunday. He dealt against the Giants, only allowing one base runner and striking out six over four innings of work. This lights out performance earned him win No. 9 for the season and brought his ERA down to 4.07.
It was a good day for all Dodgers on the mound, combining to only allow five base runners in the entire game. Casey Sadler, Yimi García and Adam Kolarek together pitched two perfect innings in the seventh and eighth. Josh Sborz allowed the only walk of the game in the ninth inning, but got out of the game otherwise untouched.
Julio Urías made his second start during this stint with the starting rotation and threw two scoreless innings. He got himself into a bit of trouble in the first inning, allowing two runners on with only one out, but he was able to work himself out of the situation.
The next time he makes an outing will come in Baltimore and it will be out of the bullpen, Dave Roberts said postgame. If all goes according to plan, the Dodgers will have a chance to clinch the division at Camden Yards.
WP: Kenta Maeda (9-8), 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 6 K
LP: Dereck Rodriguez (5-9), 4 2⁄3 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Home runs: Matt Beaty (9), Corey Seager (14)
The Dodgers have a day off on Monday to travel to Baltimore for a 3-game set. Walker Buehler will start in game one on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. PT.