07/26 00:56 CDT Puig, Dodgers go triple-crazy, beat Giants 8-1
Puig, Dodgers go triple-crazy, beat Giants 8-1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --- Yasiel Puig tied a franchise record with three triples
and added a double and two RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers moved within a
half-game of NL West-leading San Francisco by beating the Giants 8-1 on Friday
The Dodgers matched a club record with five triples, including three during a
five-run fifth inning that chased Tim Lincecum (9-7). It was the most triples
in a game for the franchise since 1921 and most by a Dodgers player since
Brooklyn's Jimmy Sheckard had three in 1901.
Zack Greinke (12-6) tossed seven innings of four-hit ball, striking out 10 and
walking one. Tyler Colvin hit an RBI single in the ninth for San Francisco's
Greinke recorded another rare feat on a night full of them: he struck out four
batters in the third after a wild pitch allowed Hunter Pence to reach base on a
swinging strike three.
Even with all of Greinke's greatness, the game belonged to Puig and the
triple-crazed hitters in blue.
The performances at the plate came after Dodgers manager Don Mattingly shook up
his crowded outfield, putting Puig in center, moving Matt Kemp --- who had
three hits, including a triple --- to right and starting Carl Crawford in left.
Puig got things going with a hard-hit fly ball to center with one out in the
first inning, flipping his bat as he sprinted out of the box. Two fans --- one
wearing a Giants jersey, the other in a Dodgers uniform --- battled for the
ball as it approached the wall, knocking it back on the field.
Puig hustled to third, and umpires kept him there following a video review.
Adrian Gonzalez followed with a sharp single to right to score Puig and give
Los Angeles a 1-0 lead.
The Dodgers did most of their damage in a wild fifth. Puig and Dee Gordon hit
back-to-back RBI triples, and Kemp had a two-run triple as the Dodgers scored
five runs in the inning.
Puig added his third triple to right-center off reliever Juan Gutierrez in the
sixth to extend the Dodgers' lead to 7-0. He thought he had another extra-base
hit when he flied out to deep center in the eighth.
The last player with three triples in a game was Denard Span for Minnesota in
Lincecum was charged with six runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings. His start
came after getting two outs in Tuesday night's 14-inning win in Philadelphia
for his first career save.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he didn't expect Lincecum to be tired from the
extra appearance because the right-hander usually throws a bullpen session on
that day between starts. Either way, it was Lincecum's worst start since giving
up eight runs in 4 1-3 innings at Cincinnati on June 3.
The night was even shorter for his catcher.
Hector Sanchez took a foul tip from Gonzalez off his mask in the third. Sanchez
struck out in the bottom of the inning before Buster Posey moved from first to
catcher to begin the fourth.
NOTES: Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez returned after missing three games with a left
wrist injury. He went 2 for 5 with one RBI. ... The announced crowd of 41,753
was San Francisco's 300th consecutive regular-season sellout. ... Dodgers ace
Clayton Kershaw (11-2, 1.92 ERA) starts opposite Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong
(5-7, 3.99 ERA) on Saturday night.