SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Crawford doubled home two runs in his first at-bat after coming back from a left oblique strain and the majors-leading San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Thursday in the rubber match of a three-game series.
Wilmer Flores, Austin Slater and LaMonte Wade Jr. also drove in runs for San Francisco, which extended its NL West lead over Los Angeles to three games. The Dodgers were shut out for just the third time this season.
“We have so much respect for those guys, obviously,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “They’re a very good ball club. They’ve earned this right now to this point.”
Johnny Cueto (7-5) earned his first win since June 25. He struck out five in 5 2/3 innings while walking two and allowing four hits.
“That was a pivotal spot,” Roberts said. “Could’ve changed the game, but they made the pitch when they needed to.”
Wade tacked on an insurance run for the Giants with an RBI double in the seventh, his first career hit off a left-handed pitcher. He was previously 0 for 31.
The Dodgers obtained LHP Danny Duffy and cash from the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named. The 32-year-old Duffy (4-3, 2.51 ERA) is on the 10-day injured list for the second time this season with a left flexor strain. He grew up in Lompoc, northwest of Los Angeles.
Dodgers: SS Corey Seager, out since May 15 with a fractured right hand, is expected to return this weekend. “What day sort of depends on the training staff, but I do see him activated this weekend,” Roberts said. … Roberts also anticipates that OF Mookie Betts (right hip inflammation) will come off the injured list Sunday when he’s eligible to return.
Giants: C Buster Posey missed the game after taking a foul ball off his mask Wednesday night, but Kapler said he did not have a concussion and was optimistic he could return to the lineup Friday. … Crawford was activated from the 10-day IL earlier Thursday. … RHP Aaron Sanchez (right bicep tightness) was reinstated from the 60-day IL. To make room on the roster, San Francisco optioned RHP John Brebbia to Triple-A Sacramento and designated OF Mike Tauchman for assignment.