LOS ANGELES—The Dodgers were down, but never out. The San Francisco Giants jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the second inning, but Los Angeles outscored them 13-1 the rest of the way and earned a second consecutive win against their Bay area rivals.
Although he got the win, Alex Wood (2-0) did not have a great game. Somehow he managed to stay in for five innings, even after throwing 82 pitches in the first three innings and giving up five runs, four earned, on seven hits. Despite putting the Dodgers in an early 4-0 hole, Wood was pleased with his performance.
“This was the most consistent my stuff’s been,” Wood said. “They hit some balls in the right spots in the second inning, a couple of tough knocks. But after that, it was fun to watch.”
Losing pitcher Matt Moore (1-4) on the other hand could not have been pleased with his performance at all. After holding the Dodgers to one run in seven innings last week, he showcased his inconsistency Tuesday night after he was charged with nine runs off six hits and five walks. Nevertheless, his manager was quick to show support for his player.
“He just had a hard time commanding the fastball. It came back over the plate,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Moore. “Matty’s so good but occasionally he does have these moments.”
After the Giants hopped out to an early 4-0 lead, thanks to a single by Moore and a double by Brandon Belt, the Dodgers responded immediately. Fresh off the disabled list, Franklin Gutierrez homered in his first at-bat and sparked the six-run second inning that propelled the Dodgers to victory. Yasiel Puig, who had one of his best games this year going 3-5 with four RBI, expected nothing less from his teammate.
“I wasn’t surprised he hit a homer, because he hit one on his rehab and I hit one last year on rehab and then hit one my first at-bat back,” said Puig. “I thought maybe he would.”
After consecutive victories against the struggling Giants, the Dodgers will look for the sweep as they wrap up their three game series in Los Angeles Wednesday night. Adrian Gonzalez, who has been dealing with a sore back and elbow, is expected to be back in the starting lineup after coming on to pinch hit Tuesday night. Giants fans would love for Jeff Samardzija (0-4), who had a solid outing against the Padres in his last start, to get his first win of the season against the Dodgers. He will be up against youngster Julio Urias who will be making only his second start of the season.