LOS ANGELES—Despite holding the National League’s worst record, the San Francisco Giants continued to find ways to beat the Dodgers. In a match up of all-star pitchers, Johnny Cueto narrowly out dueled Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers lost to their arch rivals for the third time in their last five meetings.
Kershaw was not his usual Cy Young self. He is 10-0 with an 0.65 ERA in his last 11 starts at Dodger stadium. On Monday night, he saw no such success as the 29 year-old pitcher threw a season high 104 pitches, being pulled after six innings due to giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits.
“I wasn’t great, but they definitely had something to do with it as well,” said Kershaw. He struggled with his slider all night while giving up two home runs to a team that is last in the National League in home runs.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts mentioned the slider being a problem as well.
“They had a good game plan combined with Clayton’s slider not as sharp,” said Roberts. “I think that’s just the story of the game.”
Cueto, on the other hand didn’t have a spectacular game. He allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings, but he got the run support he needed to come out with the victory. His run support came early, when Mike Pence hit a two run homer in the first inning. The Dodgers responded immediately when Yasmani Grandal scored Andrew Toles with a ground out in the first inning that made it 2-1.
Kershaw gave himself some run support when he recorded an RBI single in the second inning that tied the game at 2-2. After Buster Posey’s solo home run in the third inning, and Christian Arroyo’s RBI single in the fifth, the Giants kept the lead for good. An RBI single by pinch hitter Chris Taylor brought the Dodgers within one, but they were unable to complete a come from behind rally.
The loss breaks the Dodgers season high four game win streak. Additionally, Justin Turner’s major league leading 16-game hit streak was snapped after the third baseman went 0-4. The Dodgers will be seeking to avenge their loss Tuesday night as they take on left hander Mike Moore (1-3), whose sole win came in a 5-1 defeat of the Dodgers last Thursday. The Dodgers will send their own leftie to the mound, Alex Wood (1-0) who played outstanding in his last start against the Giants, taking a no hitter into the sixth inning.