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Flores' homer off Jansen in 9th rallies Giants past Dodgers

Flores' homer off Jansen in 9th rallies Giants past Dodgers

Wilmer Flores hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants rallied past the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2By JILL PAINTER LOPEZ Associated PressJuly 22, 2021, 6:19 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleLOS ANGELES — Wilmer Flores hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants rallied past the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 on Wednesday night.Mike Yastrzemski homered early to help the Giants regain a two-game lead in the NL West over the defending World Series champions. San Francisco has won two of three in a four-game series between the longtime rivals that wraps up Thursday night.The Giants had just four hits before Flores’ drive, which quieted the sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium. Buster Posey delivered a pinch-hit single to start the ninth, and Flores followed with a two-run shot to left field that put San Francisco in front 3-2.“Wilmer Flores is as clutch as anyone over the last two seasons,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “That was his MO in New York. He’s always been clutch and thrived in the biggest moments.”It was the 11th homer of the season for Flores. Jansen (1-3) fell to 21 for 25 in save opportunities.“It’s just a bad one,” Jansen said. “I don’t want to overthink it. I work my butt off too hard to let one moment like this try to mess your season up. Ain’t no time to think about it. … I’ve got to do better. Get those last three outs.”Victor Gonzalez walked Curt Casali with the bases loaded, making it 4-2.Tyler Rogers, who took the loss Tuesday after allowing a game-ending homer to pinch-hitter Will Smith, earned his 11th save by pitching a scoreless ninth.Rogers and Kapler shared an enthusiastic hug afterward.“That was huge to get right back out there and not have to try to forget about it another day,” Rogers said. “Man, it’s just so cool to see all the guys in the clubhouse happy for me, and I’m happy for all them. Kapler showing the trust in me was huge for my confidence.”Jose Alvarez (3-1) worked a scoreless inning for the win.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was ejected in the ninth.Los Angeles starter Julio Urías pitched a gem, allowing just three hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked one.Urías gave up Yastrzemski’s home run but otherwise silenced the Giants. He was trying to become the first 13-game winner in the majors.Yastrzemski hit his 16th home run in the first inning and second in two days.Chris Taylor responded with a solo homer of his own in the bottom of the first. Taylor is having a terrific July and has three home runs in his last two games. He’s hit safely in 14 of the last 17 games.Cody Bellinger made a fantastic sliding catch in center field for the Dodgers to rob Austin Slater of a hit in the third.AJ Pollock hit an RBI double to the right-field corner off Logan Webb in the fourth to score Bellinger and give Los Angeles a 2-1 lead.Webb allowed two runs and three hits in five innings.BOO BIRDSJansen was booed by Dodgers fans after blowing the lead. He has 333 saves with Los Angeles, where he’s spent his entire career.“The fans certainly have a right to voice their frustrations, absolutely. I get that,” Roberts said. “This guy is born and raised as a Dodger. He cares about the Dodgers fan base. He’s shown that on the field, off the field. No one hurts more than he does, to be quite honest. … I’m disappointed to hear that, certainly. He’s not going to say that, but I am.”HOME RUN CITYThe teams have combined for 37 home runs in nine games at Dodger Stadium this season. They’ve hit 14 in the series, tied for the second-most in a four-game set in this rivalry.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: OF Mookie Betts (hip pointer) was not in the starting lineup for the fourth consecutive game and could land on the injured list, Roberts said. … Justin Turner (shoulder) was not in the starting lineup after getting hit by a pitch from Alex Wood on Tuesday. Roberts said the third baseman was going to get the night off anyway. Turner pinch hit in the ninth.UP NEXTGiants: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (10-4, 2.78 ERA) gave up five hits and three runs (all solo homers) in five innings during his last start against the Dodgers on June 28.Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (10-1, 2.37) has been dominant against the Giants this season, going 2-0 with a 0.92 ERA in three starts. He’s 6-0 with a 2.17 ERA in 10 career games versus San Francisco.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Escobar hits 20th HR, Diamondbacks top shaky Dodgers 5-2

Escobar hits 20th HR, Diamondbacks top shaky Dodgers 5-2

Eduardo Escobar hit his 20th home run of the season and the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks pinned another loss on the Dodgers, beating Los Angeles 5-2By JILL PAINTER LOPEZ Associated PressJuly 10, 2021, 6:40 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleLOS ANGELES — Eduardo Escobar hit his 20th home run of the season and the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks pinned another loss on the Dodgers, beating Los Angeles 5-2 Friday night.The Diamondbacks, with the worst record in the majors, have won three of four. They’re coming off a successful trip to Colorado, their first series win since May 2.The Dodgers have lost four of five. Los Angeles didn’t help its cause with a lackluster offense that produced just five hits, a shaky defense that made two errors and a combined pitching performance that issued seven walks and hit two batters.“When you’re not scoring runs consistently, things certainly get more magnified and it’s hard to pitch perfect,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We’ve got to be good on defense. When you’re not scoring runs, you’ve got to make sure those things are air-tight and tonight it wasn’t.”Escobar’s two-run homer in the fifth put the Diamondbacks ahead 3-1. He connected off Darien Nunez, a 28-year-old lefty who made his big league debut.Dodgers reliever Edwin Uceta walked three batters in the ninth. Dalton Varsho drew a walk with the bases loaded to make it 4-2 and Los Angeles then turned to Jake Reed, who walked Josh Reddick to score another insurance run.Arizona’ starter Tyler Widener was solid after coming off the injured list with a groin strain. He pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits. He struck out three and walked just one. His lone mistake was to A.J. Pollock, who hit a solo home run in the third.“I felt really good the first four innings,” Widener said. “I got a little tired there in the fifth. Good foundation for me to build off and excited to keep going forward.”Arizona reliever Brett de Geus (1-0) earned the win. Joakim Soria closed for his third save.The Diamondbacks even left 14 runners on base, but that didn’t matter.“We executed at a high level and when we do, we’re a good team,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “We did a good job with our approach. We created traffic all night, from the first inning on. In the ninth inning we were able to give ourselves a little cushion.”David Price did exactly what Roberts wanted as he pitched three scoreless innings to start a bullpen game for the Dodgers. In the first inning, he loaded the bases but got out of the jam by striking out Asdrubal Cabrera.Price threw 55 pitches, and he said he still felt good. Asked if Price is in the starting rotation, Roberts said that was a “fair assumption.”Said Price: “Whatever these guys want me to do, I’m willing to do it for them. Starting is obviously something I’ve done for a very long time, but I’ve also enjoyed being in the bullpen as well. Whatever is asked of me moving forward, I’m all for it.”TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (left elbow) had an MRI that revealed “just inflammation,” according to Roberts. Kershaw is expected to play catch on Saturday … RHP Jimmy Nelson (left lumbar strain) was placed on the 10-day IL retroactive to July 7.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: LHP Caleb Smith (2-5, 3.45) allowed five runs — including two homers — in six innings in a loss to San Francisco in his last start.Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (8-1, 2.49) had a no-hit bid broken up in the eighth inning against the Diamondbacks three weeks ago. A single from David Perralta ended the try.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports