Puig Returns, But Giants Beat Dodgers 7-2
LOS ANGELES (AP) –– Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 while working into the seventh inning and the San Francisco Giants beat Los Angeles 7-2 Saturday as Yasiel Puig returned to the starting lineup for the Dodgers.
Puig started in right field and batted leadoff a day after he was benched for arriving late for stretching and batting practice before opening day at Dodgers Stadium. He went 1 for 4, and was picked off first in the third inning for the final out with Adrian Gonzalez at bat.
Michael Morse had a solo homer in the fourth inning and the Giants got back-to-back homers in the fifth from Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey.
Bumgarner (1-0) was charged with two runs and hit hits in 6 1-3 innings and struck out 10 in his second outing.
Paul Maholm (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits through 4 1-3 innings in his first start for the Dodgers.
Puig came up in the seventh with the bases loaded and one out after Giants skipper Bruce Bochy replaced Bumgarner with Santiago Casilla. Puig’s flyball to right field was too shallow to score Scott Van Slyke, but pinch-hitter Andre Ethier followed with an RBI single.
A.J. Ellis tried to score behind Van Slyke and was thrown out by Hunter Pence for the third out. Mattingly came out to discuss the call with umpire Joe West and used his one challenge for a video replay ruling, which upheld the original call.
Morse, playing for his fourth team in a span of three seasons, gave San Francisco a 2-1 lead when he drove Maholm’s first pitch of the fourth deep into the pavilion seats in left-center for his first homer with the Giants.
Sandoval, the Giants’ slimmed-down third baseman and 2012 World Series MVP, parked Maholm’s 80th and final pitch over the left field fence in the fifth for with two on for his first home run of 2014. Posey greeted rookie Jose Dominguez with a drive into the lower seats in the left field corner.
NOTES: Maholm had allowed only three homers in 62 innings during his 10 previous career starts against the Giants, all of them solo shots. … Maholm’s official Dodgers debut was March 23 against the Diamondbacks in Australia, when he pitched in relief for only second time in 244 big league appearances to that point. … Angel Pagan worked out an eight-pitch walk to open the game and was erased on a double-play grounder by Pence, who was robbed of a hit up the middle by shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Maholm has induced a major league-high 185 ground-ball DPs since the start of the 2006 season.