LOS ANGELES -- The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers both have found left-handed stars to anchor their rotations. On Friday, Madison Bumgarner got the better of likely Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw.
Bumgarner gave up two runs for six innings, helping the Giants take a rare 4-2 win over Kershaw. The Dodgers ace entered the night with a 1.32 ERA in 21 career appearances against the Giants but was knocked around in the seventh inning Friday at Dodger Stadium. The win was just the second in 11 second-half starts for Bumgarner, who has a 2.46 ERA over that span.
In his first matchup with Yasiel Puig this season, Bumgarner gave up an opposite-field home run and afterward said he couldn't believe Puig managed to reach the outside pitch. On Friday, Bumgarner went after the rookie slugger with a clear plan, busting Puig inside with a steady stream of fastballs. Bumgarner threw five fastballs to Puig in the first inning, striking him out on one that was clocked at 94 mph.
The Dodgers had two walks and two singles through the first three innings but failed to score. Bumgarner struck out two in the fourth and worked out of a tight spot in the fifth. With two outs and a runner on second, Bumgarner again fed Puig two 93 mph fastballs and got a fly out to left.
Bumgarner was every bit Kershaw's equal through the fifth, but the Giants left-hander ran into trouble in the sixth. Michael Young reached on an infield hit to deep short, and the Dodgers went up 2-0 when Juan Uribe rocketed an elevated fastball into the left-field seats. Uribe was making his first start in the cleanup spot since June 28, 2010, when he hit fourth for the Giants in a game against the Dodgers. Juan Perez kept a third run from scoring when he made a spectacular diving catch on the left field warning track, and the Giants immediately set to work erasing the lead.
Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval opened the seventh with back-to-back singles, and Joaquin Arias drove in a run with a single to left-center field. Kershaw had gone 13 starts against the Giants without giving up more than two runs, a streak that dated to May 18, 2011. But Brett Pill put the Giants up 3-2 when he reached down and poked a two-run single down the right-field line.
The Dodgers put runners on the corners in the bottom of the inning but failed to score. In the top of the eighth, Pence padded the lead with a solo homer to right-center field off Chris Withrow, Pence's fifth homer in the last 10 games.
-- Manager Bruce Bochy and third base coach Tim Flannery were standing on the warning track during early batting practice Friday when former Giants closer Brian Wilson jogged by.
"I did talk to Brian a bit," Bochy said. "I wanted to make sure he knew I was happy that he was back pitching. I know it was a long road for him."
Wilson spent more than a year rehabbing after his second Tommy John surgery and signed with the rival Dodgers in August. On Thursday, in his first appearance against the Giants, Wilson pitched a scoreless 10th inning and picked up his second win.
"I used to face them in spring training," he told local reporters on Friday. "It was another team. You've got to get three outs. I didn't really put added pressure or any emotion into the inning. I go out there, do my job and get it over with."
-- The Giants have two more games in Los Angeles before embarking on an unusual road trip. Starting Tuesday, the Giants play three games against the New York Mets before going across town to play the Yankees. According to Stats Inc. the road trip will mark the first time since 1957 that the Giants play six games in New York within the same week. The week in 1957 came during the franchise's final season in New York.
Even with a bench full of September call-ups, Bochy said he does not plan on going with any surprise choices when the Giants get a designated hitter next weekend against the Yankees. He likely will go with the usual suspects: Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval and Marco Scutaro.
Bochy said he does plan to give Bronx native Johnny Monell playing time during the weeklong trip to New York. Monell was called up Sept. 3 but has just one at-bat while serving as the Giants' third catcher.
-- Right-hander Chad Gaudin (carpal tunnel syndrome) threw about 30 pitches in a simulated game and will be re-evaluated on Saturday. Gaudin has not pitched since Aug. 16.
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