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Cody Bellinger's Throwing Blunder in 8th Helps Giants Top Dodgers 2-1

Buster Posey scored the tiebreaking run on a throwing error by first baseman Cody Bellinger in the eighth inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Blake Treinen (2-5) walked Posey and Mike Yastrzemski to begin the eighth. Darin Ruf hit a grounder to second baseman Max Muncy, who began to chase Yastrzemski back toward first before throwing Ruf out.

Bellinger, making his first start of the season at first base in order to rest his sore hamstring, then pump-faked toward second before launching a throw well over third baseman Justin Turner’s head and into the protective netting along the third base line as the crowd of 32,878 roared.

Posey, who was on his way to third, scored easily.

The Giants (63-37) increased their NL West lead to three games over the rival Dodgers.

Posey had two hits and an RBI. Austin Slater also had two hits for San Francisco.

Bellinger singled and scored for the defending World Series champion Dodgers. Muncy was 1 for 4 in his first game back off the paternity list.

Tyler Rogers (2-1) retired three batters to get the win. Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his 21st save.

The series at Oracle Park comes one week after the Giants won three of four in Los Angeles, including a pair of ninth-inning comebacks against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.

After Bellinger bounced a leadoff single to right off starter Logan Webb leading off the fifth, Bill McKinney lined a ball into right-center to drive in Bellinger but was thrown out trying for second.

Posey’s RBI single in the sixth tied it.

FOR STARTERS

Dodgers starter Julio Urías pitched into the sixth and allowed one run. Urías, whose 12 wins are tied with Kyle Hendricks of the Cubs for most in the majors, struck out five and gave up six hits.

Webb had five strikeouts in six strong innings. He gave up three hits and a run after setting down 12 of the first 13 in his fourth start since coming off the injured list. The 24-year-old right-hander has four consecutive no-decisions with a 2.00 ERA over that span.

CLUTCH RELIEF

The Dodgers had runners at second and third against Rogers with one out in the eighth but failed to score. Luke Raley was thrown out sliding into home trying to score on Muncy’s grounder, Turner flied out.

EXTRA BASES

The Giants’ 63 wins are their third-most through 100 games in the San Francisco era. … Dodgers reliever Jimmy Nelson plunked Donovan Solano and Thairo Estrada with consecutive pitches in the seventh.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: OF Mookie Betts (right hip) ran and did agility drills before the game. … LHP Clayton Kershaw threw 45 pitches in three innings of a simulated game. Manager Dave Roberts said the team will wait to see how Kershaw’s left elbow responds before a determination is made on what to do next.

Giants: LHP Sammy Long was reinstated from the injured list after missing 16 games with a lower back strain. RHP Zack Littell was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

UP NEXT

Dodgers RHP Walker Buehler (10-1, 2.31 ERA) has allowed three earned runs in 27 innings over four starts against San Francisco this season. Giants RHP Anthony DeSclafani (10-4, 2.87) has two losses and a pair of no-decisions against Los Angeles this year.

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Source: NBC Los Angeles

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