Bullpens have figured heavily in the first three games of the Dodgers-Giants series. On Wednesday, Kenley Jansen blew his second appearances in a row, allowing a two-run home run to Wilmer Flores in a 4-2 win by San Francisco at Dodger Stadium.
Staked to a one-run lead in the ninth, Jansen allowed a leadoff single to Buster Posey, then three pitches later Flores deposited a cutter into the left field pavilion, turning the game around.
In 15 games from June 1 to the All-Star break, Jansen did not allow an extra-base hit to his 56 batters faced. But in his last two games, including Sunday’s blown save at Coors Field, Jansen has faced 11 batters, allowing three extra-base hits.
“Obviously it’s not a good one today. You’ve just got to shake it off,” Jansen said. “Let it go and get back on that horse tomorrow. That’s pretty much it.”
The last of those extra-base hits was a double by Darin Ruf, which was followed by two walks from Jansen, who retired only one of his six batters faced in the ninth. He left the game to a chorus of boos from a Dodger Stadium crowd that was announced as 52,076 fans.
“Fans certainly have the right to voice their frustrations, absolutely. I get that,” manager Dave Roberts said. “But this guy was born and raised a Dodger. What he does — he cares about the Dodgers, the fanbase. He’s shown that on and off the field. No one hurts more than he does.”
Victor González was asked to clean up the mess with the bases loaded and only one out. He struck out Lamont Wade Jr., but then walked Curt Casali to force home an insurance run.
After the inning, Roberts was ejected for arguing the ball four call from home plate umpire Andy Fletcher.
“The low strike was called all night, both ways In a big spot like that, it was a run,” Roberts said. “I just felt that the consistency that everyone’s trying for and that we hope for, I just felt it just wasn’t consistent with the night.”
Tyler Rogers, one night after blowing a save of his own with a three-run ninth, completed the mission on Wednesday with three harmless grounders, securing the win for the Giants, who now lead the Dodgers by two games in the National League West and will leave Los Angeles in first place no matter what happens on Thursday.
Julio Urías allowed a first-inning home run to Mike Yastrzemski, but only gave up two infield singles and a walk the rest of the way. He retired seven in a row into the seventh inning, when Solano got one of those singles. That put the tying run on base, but he was quickly erased with a double play, giving Urías seven innings for the sixth time this season.
The length was badly needed, as Dodgers relievers in July have pitched more innings than the starters. Urias’ seven innings nearly closed the gap, as now only one out separates the LA bullpen (74⅔ innings) from the starters (74⅓) this month.
The offense came from two likely sources of late.
Chris Taylor homered in the first inning, carrying over his three-extra-base-hit production from Tuesday night out of the leadoff spot. Taylor also later singled and stole a base.
AJ Pollock doubled home Cody Bellinger in the fourth inning for the go-ahead run. Pollock in July is hitting .358/.433/.849 with seven home runs and five doubles in 16 games.
Taylor and Pollock accounted for the only three Dodgers hits on the night.
Home runs: Chris Taylor (14); Mike Yastrzemski (16), Wilmer Flores (11)
WP — José Alvarez (3-1): 3 up, 3 down
LP — Kenley Jansen (1-3): ⅓ IP, 3 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout
Sv — Tyler Rogers (11): 3 up, 3 down
The Dodgers go for a series split on Thursday night (7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA), with Walker Buehler starting the finale. Right-hander Anthony DeSclafani starts for San Francisco.