LOS ANGELES -- The San Francisco Giants continued their dominance of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday afternoon, separating themselves with a pair of two-run homers in the middle innings and cruising to a 6-2 victory at Dodger Stadium, their ninth win in 11 games against Los Angeles this season.
How it happened: Dodgers starter Carlos Frias gave up two runs on sacrifice flies in the first inning, and the Dodgers answered with back-to-back solo homers by Joc Pederson and Justin Turner in the bottom half of the inning. Frias (4-5) eventually settled in and retired 11 in a row before Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson (5-6) extended the fifth inning with a two-out, line-drive single up the middle. Justin Maxwell, in the game because starting right fielder Nori Aoki departed after taking a pitch off the right ankle to lead off the game, then blasted an 0-2 pitch into the bleachers in left-center field for a 4-2 lead. Brandon Belt followed with a towering homer off the top of the right-field wall in the sixth, extending the lead to 6-2. That proved too much to overcome for the offensively-challenged Dodgers, who managed two hits the rest of the way.
What it means: Despite the one-sided results against San Francisco this season, the Dodgers still maintain a half-game lead over the Giants in the NL West standings, and after Sunday, won’t have to face them again until Aug. 31. What’s more concerning is the two-week slump of cleanup hitter Adrian Gonzalez, who came in with six hits in his last 50 at-bats and proceeded to go 0-for-4. His batting average, which was at .339 on June 5, fell to .290.
Notable: The Dodgers wasted leadoff doubles in the third and fifth innings, another example of their inability to consistently hit with runners in scoring position this season, especially against the Giants. They went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position on Saturday and are 10-for-62 against San Francisco this season.
Up next: Dodgers left-hander Brett Anderson (2-4, 3.43 ERA) will oppose Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum (7-3, 3.31 ERA) for the fourth time this season. Anderson lost two of the matchups and didn’t earn a decision in the other, failing to pitch the required five innings in an 8-3 win by the Dodgers on April 27. Anderson hasn't won in his past seven outings.