Dodgers erupt in 10th to earn split with Giants

Dodgers erupt in 10th to earn split with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Purists watching this Giants-Dodgers series had to come away satisfied. Of the four games, three were decided by one run; two contests went into extra innings. Christian Arroyo, San Francisco's rookie third baseman, and Julio Urias, Los Angeles' 20-year-old left-hander, displayed considerable promise. And the traditional rivals played to a standoff, as the Dodgers scored four 10th-inning runs to prevail, 5-1, on Thursday at AT&T Park and earn a split of the four-game series.

"The way that we've sort of been inconsistent with the different facets of the game and to be one game under .500, I think we're in a good place," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "This was a hard-fought series. They celebrated their wins over us and to be two games down in the loss column and salvage a split, to see the life we had in the last inning, this was a big win for us."

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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Urias shows poise in impressive '17 debut

Urias shows poise in impressive '17 debut

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Dodgers won't know until October if their experiment to limit Julio Urias' innings truly succeeds. But so far, so good.

In his intentionally delayed 2017 debut on Thursday, the 20-year-old Urias pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed only one run, after which teammates turned his no-decision into a zany 5-1 win in 10 innings over the Giants to split the four-game series.

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Roberts: Wood to get at least one more start

Left-hander pitching well enough that rotation fate may not hinge on Hill's health

Roberts: Wood to get at least one more start

SAN FRANCISCO -- Alex Wood will make another start for the Dodgers next week and manager Dave Roberts indicated that the lefty might remain in the rotation even after Rich Hill returns from the disabled list.

"I think Alex has done everything he can to warrant a case to continue to be in the rotation," Roberts said on Thursday in the wake of Wood's one-hitter over six scoreless innings Wednesday night, when the bullpen let a 3-0 lead get away in the Dodgers' eventual 4-3 loss to the Giants.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Maeda hopes adjustments pay off vs. Phils

Maeda hopes adjustments pay off vs. Phils

Jerad Eickhoff is still searching for his first win of 2017. But given his 2.55 ERA, he looks to be the same consistent pitcher the Phillies have seen for the last year and a half, when he starts the opener of a three-game series vs. the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Friday.

In his lone start last year against the Dodgers, Eickhoff allowed four earned runs, tied for the fourth-most he allowed in any of his 33 starts. That speaks volumes of his reliability. Eickhoff was taken deep by Justin Turner, a three-run shot, and Yasmani Grandal, a solo homer, during that game.

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Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Alvarez fans seven in scoreless outing

Alvarez fans seven in scoreless outing

Tyler Mahle's chances of throwing his second straight perfect game came undone just two batters into his start on Thursday. The Reds' No. 10 prospect still was plenty good, tossing six dominant frames to extend his scoreless innings streak to 19 2/3 for Double-A Pensacola.

Mahle needed just 88 pitches in his previous start to record the first nine-inning perfect game in the Southern League since 1970. He threw 94 (64 strikes) on Thursday, allowing four hits and one walk with seven strikeouts before departing with a 3-0 lead. The Blue Wahoos' bullpen would give back those runs in the subsequent frames, however, ultimately falling to Biloxi, 4-3, and costing Mahle an opportunity at his fifth win in as many starts.

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Liberatore optioned to clear way for Urias

Liberatore optioned to clear way for Urias

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Dodgers optioned reliever Adam Liberatore to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for Julio Urias, who was recalled to make Thursday's start against the Giants.

Liberatore had been recalled on Sunday, and he allowed a run on Monday to the Giants.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

LA's Seager ties Gallo for longest HR of '17

LA's Seager ties Gallo for longest HR of '17

SAN FRANCISCO -- The home run Corey Seager hit leading off the sixth inning of the Dodgers' 4-3 loss to the Giants on Wednesday night was the longest of his career, estimated by Statcast™ at 462 feet.

The homer off Johnny Cueto, which broke a scoreless tie and sparked a three-run rally, matched the Rangers' Joey Gallo for the longest estimated distance of a homer this season and was the fourth-longest for a Dodger in the Statcast™ era (Joc Pederson has the other three).

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Flash back to Seager's debut for his 23rd b-day

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Flash back to Seager's debut for his 23rd b-day

Before steadily hitting and fielding his way to the 2016 NL Rookie of the Year Award, Corey Seager was a blue-chip prospect for the Dodgers. Today, Seager celebrates his 23rd birthday (yes, he's still that young), so it's time to reflect on his flashy introduction to the league just two seasons ago. 

Back on Sept. 3, 2015, the Dodgers prepared to do battle with the Padres at Petco Park in an otherwise ordinary NL West showdown. But this was not just any showdown, as the fresh-faced Seager found his way into the lineup for his MLB debut.

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Romo's hiccup opens door for Giants' walk-off

Romo's hiccup opens door for Giants' walk-off

SAN FRANCISCO -- "Energy" was an oft-repeated word Wednesday night in the Giants' clubhouse after Hunter Pence hoisted a sacrifice fly to snap a 10th-inning tie and lift San Francisco to a 4-3 victory over the archrival Los Angeles Dodgers.

San Francisco loaded the bases against reliever Ross Stripling on Gorkys Hernandez's leadoff single, a walk to Conor Gillaspie and Nick Hundley's sacrifice-bunt attempt, which was ruled a fielder's choice when Los Angeles was unable to throw out Hernandez at third base. Pence worked the count full before pulling a fly to left field that was deep enough to score the game-winner.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Wood's gem goes for naught after 'pen falters

Wood's gem goes for naught after 'pen falters

SAN FRANCISCO -- With starting pitcher Alex Wood pitching a one-hitter over six innings and leaving with a three-run lead, what the Dodgers needed Wednesday night was a reliever like Alex Wood.

Instead, former Giants reliever Sergio Romo and Pedro Baez gave up the lead on home runs and Ross Stripling gave up the game in the 10th inning on Hunter Pence's walk-off sacrifice fly for a 4-3 Giants win, the Dodgers' second loss in three games to their last-place rivals.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hill's finger feels fine, but he needs more work

Hill's finger feels fine, but he needs more work

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rich Hill took a step closer to returning to the Dodgers' starting rotation on Wednesday, just not a big step.

Hill tested his chronically blistered left middle finger unbandaged by throwing a 30-pitch simulated game at AT&T Park with Austin Barnes and Scott Van Slyke batting.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kershaw avenges loss to Blach with gem

Kershaw avenges loss to Blach with gem

SAN FRANCISCO -- Creating another episode in what could develop into a long-running series, Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw and San Francisco's Ty Blach combined to forge their second compelling matchup in as many meetings Tuesday as the Dodgers outlasted the Giants, 2-1.

Kershaw played the role of an ace perfectly as he yielded San Francisco's lone run and six hits in seven innings. Kershaw pitched nearly the entire game in discomfort, having been hit on the right calf by the first batter he faced, Hunter Pence.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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'Courageous' Kershaw pitches in pain for win

'Courageous' Kershaw pitches in pain for win

SAN FRANCISCO -- Clayton Kershaw said he wasn't worried about the bruised right calf he pitched seven innings with in Tuesday night's 2-1 victory over the Giants, which made him the only Dodger who wasn't worried.

"I don't want to be too over the top," said manager Dave Roberts, "but it was a courageous effort. When he pitches, it's one of our most stressful days. It's a day we need to win."

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers promote top prospect Bellinger

Dodgers promote top prospect Bellinger

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Dodgers promoted top prospect Cody Bellinger on Tuesday, an accelerated arrival to the Major Leagues because of a slumping offense and outfielder injuries. He was immediately slotted into the starting lineup, batting eighth and playing left field against the Giants.

Bellinger went 1-for-3 in the Dodgers' 2-1 victory over the Giants, recording his first Major League hit on an infield single in the ninth inning.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

What to expect from Dodgers' Bellinger

Baseball's best power prospect should be fine with move from 1B to OF

What to expect from Dodgers' Bellinger

Baseball's best power-hitting prospect has gotten the call to the big leagues. With three outfielders on the disabled list and an offense that ranks 19th in the Majors in home runs, the Dodgers promoted Cody Bellinger from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

Ranked No. 10 on MLBPipeline's Top 100 Prospects list, Bellinger was a fourth-round pick as an Arizona high schooler in 2013, and he broke into pro ball as a line-drive hitter who totaled four homers in two seasons of Rookie ball. He then transitioned into much more of a slugger, adding loft to his left-handed stroke and turning on more pitches. Bellinger launched 30 homers in Class A Advanced in 2015, 26 between Double-A and Triple-A last year, and he had five in 18 Triple-A games this month.

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Dodgers edged despite Ryu's solid start

Dodgers edged despite Ryu's solid start

SAN FRANCISCO -- Expect drama when the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers tangle. The longtime rivals engaged in another compelling confrontation Monday night, as the Giants limited Los Angeles to four hits and withstood late Dodgers rallies to prevail, 2-1.

The Giants entered the opener of this four-game series having lost six of their previous seven games. However, starter Matt Cain worked six shutout innings to claim his first victory over Los Angeles since May 5, 2013, with assistance on defense from catcher Buster Posey and third baseman Christian Arroyo, who made his Major League debut.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Puig nabs Belt at plate with laser throw

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Puig nabs Belt at plate with laser throw

As he's proven time and time again in his few years in the league, Yasiel Puig possesses the kind of throwing arm that is prone to the unimaginable. You just shouldn't test his arm -- but if you feel compelled to try, you do so at your own risk. 

With two outs and Brandon Belt (who found himself in a very similar situation just last week) on second in the first inning of Monday's series opener between the Dodgers and Giants at AT&T Park, Buster Posey slapped a single toward Puig in right field and ... well, you know how this one ends. He fired an absolute rocket to the plate to retire Belt and end the inning.

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Ryu shows 'complete mix' in strong outing

Ryu shows 'complete mix' in strong outing

SAN FRANCISCO -- It was turn back time night at AT&T Park on Monday, with the Dodgers making Matt Cain look like it was 2012, and the Giants making Hyun-Jin Ryu look like it was 2014.

Ryu's record fell to 0-4 in a 2-1 loss, but this wasn't the same Ryu that allowed six home runs in 15 1/3 previous innings. This time Ryu went six solid innings, charged with one run on a sacrifice fly. He pitched backward, relying on breaking balls and changeups while only occasionally showing a fastball that hovered around 90 mph.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers twice thwarted by Posey's clutch arm

Dodgers twice thwarted by Posey's clutch arm

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Dodgers have been having enough trouble at home plate lately and on Monday night they didn't know what to do around second base either.

In a 2-1 loss to the Giants, the Dodgers had the potential tying run thrown out at second in the eighth and ninth innings, both times by Giants franchise catcher Buster Posey.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pederson (groin) to DL; Eibner recalled

Pederson (groin) to DL; Eibner recalled

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Dodgers placed outfielder Joc Pederson on the 10-day disabled list on Monday and recalled outfielder Brett Eibner from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Pederson strained his right groin muscle running out a ground ball in the sixth inning Sunday at Arizona.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rios has career-high five hits

Rios has career-high five hits

Posting zeroes has become the norm for Class A Kane County's Jon Duplantier in the first month of the Minor League season. On Monday, the D-backs' No. 8 prospect fired five dominant frames to extend his scoreless innings streak to 20 1/3 to begin the season.

Duplantier, 22, allowed three hits and struck out eight batters en route to his first professional win. He generated six ground-ball outs and did not record a flyout in the outing, throwing 45 of his 69 pitches for strikes in his third start (and fourth appearance) for the Cougars.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Six-run inning backs McCarthy gem in finale win

Six-run inning backs McCarthy gem in finale win

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers avoided a series sweep Sunday, scoring six runs in the fifth inning of a 6-2 win over the D-backs at Chase Field.

Adrian Gonzalez doubled in two runs and Yasmani Grandal slugged a two-run homer in support of winning starter Brandon McCarthy (3-0), who recovered after Paul Goldschmidt's two-run homer in the first to pitch seven strong innings and give the weary Dodgers bullpen a break. It was the first time McCarthy went seven innings since 2015 Tommy John surgery.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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Smith makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Smith makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (April 17-23) is led by an all Milwaukee Brewers outfield, with Lewis Brinson, Monte Harrison and Demi Orimoloye all earning a spot. This marks the first time one team has accounted for all three outfield spots on the Team of the Week.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pitching win then soccer intro for McCarthy

Pitching win then soccer intro for McCarthy

PHOENIX -- Brandon McCarthy pitched seven innings Sunday, won a game over his former Arizona team, 6-2, restored order for the Dodgers pitching staff and even triggered a six-run inning with a leadoff walk.

Then Sunday night, when the team flew to San Francisco, McCarthy stayed back for the official introduction of international star Didier Drogba, the newest member of the Phoenix Rising soccer club partly owned by McCarthy.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers bitten by big flies in AZ

Dodgers bitten by big flies in AZ

PHOENIX -- The D-backs belted four home runs off Kenta Maeda, two by Yasmany Tomas, and pulled away to an 11-5 win over the Dodgers Saturday night at Chase Field.

Jake Lamb and Tomas went back-to-back in the first inning, Chris Herrmann slugged a two-run shot in the fourth and Tomas added a second solo blast in the fifth off Maeda (1-2) as the D-backs improved to 8-1 at Chase Field for their best start at home in franchise history. Prior to this season, the club's best start at home was 7-1, set in 2008.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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Maeda reeling after allowing 4 D-backs homers

Maeda reeling after allowing 4 D-backs homers

PHOENIX -- Kenta Maeda, who led the Dodgers last year in wins, starts and innings pitched, might not even make his next start after serving up four home runs in an 11-5 loss to the D-backs Saturday night that dropped Los Angeles to two games below .500 for the first time this season.

"We're definitely going to hang with him," manager Dave Roberts said. "We're going to talk and see what's best. Long term -- yes. Short term -- we'll have a conversation and see what's best for him."

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Seager surges before ugly 8th sinks Dodgers

Arizona takes control with six-hit, five-walk inning

Seager surges before ugly 8th sinks Dodgers

PHOENIX -- Sergio Romo balked in the tiebreaking run during a five-walk, nine-run bullpen meltdown in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night as the D-backs overwhelmed the Dodgers at Chase Field, 13-5, despite three hits and three RBIs by Corey Seager.

"It was quite a day, highlighted by a very impressive eighth inning," said D-backs manager Torey Lovullo after his club ran its record to 11-7. "I thought that the at-bats that were inside of that one inning were patient. It was exactly what we've talked about, handing it over to the next guy and letting him execute."

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com, writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball and covered the D-backs on Friday. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.

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Third time the charm for Puig and Dodgers fan

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Third time the charm for Puig and Dodgers fan

The Dodgers might have fallen to the D-backs on Friday, 13-5, but before Arizona's nine-run eighth inning, Yasiel Puig lived up to his #PuigYourFriend mantra and made a fan's night.

Puig knows a dedicated supporter when he sees one. Dodgers fans in Arizona only get the opportunity to see their favorite team every now and then, so after Puig caught a fly ball, he was ready to reward a young L.A. loyalist in the vicinity with the last out of an inning.

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Mark Feinsand

Q&A: Zaidi discusses rise to role with Dodgers

GM talks about journey to Los Angeles' front office

Q&A: Zaidi discusses rise to role with Dodgers

Farhan Zaidi didn't believe a career in baseball was possible for somebody who had never played the game, but after reading "Moneyball," he wondered if it was an option after all.

Zaidi not only landed a job in the game, but he landed one working for the man whose story inspired him, joining Oakland's baseball operations department under Billy Beane himself.

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Mark Feinsand is an executive reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Tracy Ringolsby

Ringo: Kershaw is a legend in his own time

Do we take for granted just how dominant the Dodgers' ace has been?

Ringo: Kershaw is a legend in his own time

It seems we don't always appreciate what we have. There's that tendency to marvel about what it must have been like to have watched Bob Feller or Walter Johnson, names that are more legends than tangible because they were from a very different era.

There's also the need from the older generation to expound upon the domination of the likes of Bob Gibson and Sandy Koufax when looking to educate the younger folks of what a dominating pitcher was like.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.