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Giants aim for more late-game mastery of Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
- The Dodgers have a 7-6 edge against the Giants this year, including a 3-0 record in San Francisco (May 21-23). Six of the last seven meetings between the teams have been decided by one or two runs.
- Los Angeles won back-to-back one-run games over the Rockies Saturday and Sunday, 1-0 and 3-2. The Dodgers are just 13-17 (.433) in one-run games this year (25th in MLB), compared to an MLB-best 48-23 (.676) in games decided by two or more runs.
- The Giants avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the Pirates with a 6-1 win at home on Sunday. San Francisco still has the best record overall (62-37, .626) and at home (31-15, .674) in the majors.
- Lamonte Wade Jr. has homered in back-to-back games for the first time in his career, including his first career multi-homer game on Sunday. He is hitless against left-handed pitchers in his career (0-for-29), compared to a .276 average and .927 OPS versus righties.
- Logan Webb is 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA over his last six starts, after going 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in his first six starts of the season. He's also unbeaten in five outings (four starts) at home this year (2-0, 1.64 ERA).
- Over his last six games, Chris Taylor is hitting .480 (12/25) with five homers, six RBI and nine runs scored. He has two multi-homer games over that span, matching the number he had over his first 685 career games played.
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The host San Francisco Giants seek to continue their late-game mastery of the Los Angeles Dodgers when the National League West front-runners continue their three-game series Wednesday night.
The Giants moved three games up on the Dodgers in the West with a third straight win in the rivalry on Tuesday. They snapped an eighth-inning tie in a 2-1 victory.
San Francisco followed a similar script last week in Los Angeles, rallying for 4-2 and 5-3 victories to finish a 3-1 series win by outscoring the Dodgers 7-0 in the eighth and ninth innings.
Tyler Rogers and Jake McGee each posted a save in those games, then combined for a win and a save, respectively, in Tuesday's series opener.
"It really doesn't matter who pitches the eighth and who pitches the ninth as long as we win," Rogers insisted after Tuesday's win. "We're told beforehand what part of the order we're going to be facing, but you never know how the game is going to play out. So you have to be ready for both.
"That's the great thing about Jake: He's selfless. I'm that way, too."
The day wasn't a total loss for the Dodgers. Manager Dave Roberts announced before the game that left-hander Clayton Kershaw threw a three-inning simulated game at Oracle Park in the late afternoon and came away looking healthy.
Kershaw has been out since early July after experiencing pain in his left forearm.
"The stuff was good to the eye," Roberts reported. "But most importantly, he felt good coming out of it physically (and) mentally."
Roberts indicated that Kershaw could return to the team next week. After the series finale Thursday, the Dodgers don't play the Giants again until three final times in September.
Right-handers Walker Buehler (10-1, 2.31 ERA) of the Dodgers and Anthony DeSclafani (10-4, 2.87) of the Giants, who went head-to-head in the series finale in Los Angeles last week, are scheduled for a rematch Wednesday.
Buehler left last week's game with a 3-1 lead after pitching 7 1/3 innings of one-run, five-hit ball. The effort lowered his career ERA against the Giants to 2.05 and kept him unbeaten (6-0) in 11 games, including nine starts, against the rival.
The no-decision extended his current unbeaten run to five games, during which he's gone 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA.
DeSclafani, meanwhile, allowed all three Dodgers runs in six innings in last week's meeting. He stood to get the loss before the Giants rallied, keeping his lifetime record against the Dodgers at 1-7 in 10 starts. His ERA in those games is 6.11.
Several Dodgers have been rough on DeSclafani over the years, including Max Muncy, who has two home runs in 14 at-bats in their head-to-heads.
The clubs are tied 7-7 in their season series.
--Field Level Media
Updated July 28, 2021