LOS ANGELES (AP) –– Madison Bumgarner pitched eight superb innings and Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer, leading the San Francisco Giants past the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 Friday night.
The Giants’ 12th victory in 15 games was overshadowed by the broken left thumb Brandon Belt sustained when he was hit by Paul Maholm’s first pitch of the second inning. The first baseman, who leads the club with nine homers, ran the bases until the inning was over but was replaced on defense by Joaquin Arias.
The Giants were leading 3-0 when Yasiel Puig homered to center with one out in the sixth, after taking a called third strike his previous time up and leaving Justin Turner stranded at third base. As soon as Puig made contact, he flipped the bat away, walked a few feet toward first base and began a slow trot around the bases.
Bumgarner walked toward the third base line and had a few choice words for Puig as he approached home plate. But the hostilities ended there with some quick action by plate umpire Will Little, who intercepted Bumgarner.
Hanley Ramirez was the next batter and took a 1-1 pitch for a strike that had manager Don Mattingly chirping from the dugout. Little ejected Mattingly, who came running out to argue.
Bumgarner (4-3) allowed a run and four hits with eight strikeouts en route to his second straight victory after three consecutive losses — two of them by 2-1 scores against the Dodgers and Colorado. He is 5-1 with a 1.45 ERA in his last six starts at Dodger Stadium, and hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of them.
Sergio Romo pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save in as many attempts.
Maholm (1-3) gave up three runs, three hits and four walks in 5 2-3 innings. The left-hander is 0-4 with a 6.66 ERA in his last five starts against the Giants.
Maholm got out of a first-inning jam by retiring cleanup hitter Mike Morse on a double-play grounder and matched zeros with Bumgarner until the fifth. Brandon Hicks walked with one out and Crawford drove the next pitch into the right-field pavilion for his fourth homer of the season and first in 117 career at-bats against the Dodgers to that point.
Arias extended the Giants’ lead to 3-0 in the sixth with a two-out RBI single. Turner charged the slowly hit ball and barehanded it before throwing it past first base for an error. Maholm intentionally walked slumping Pablo Sandoval before giving way to Brandon League, who retired Hicks on a popup.
One inning later, League escaped a bases-loaded, none-out jam when he fielded Hunter Pence’s comebacker to start a 1-2-3 double play and then retired Buster Posey on a fly to right.
NOTES: Mattingly’s ejection was his 13th as a manager and first this season. … Puig extended his hitting streak to nine games, matching his longest as a rookie last season. … Turner started at third base because of Juan Uribe’s sore right hamstring. … It was the 12th time in the Dodgers’ last 15 meetings with San Francisco that they have scored fewer than four runs. … Romo’s scoreless inning reduced the ERA of the Giants’ bullpen to a major league-best 1.75. … Maholm, who has induced a major league-high 192 double-play grounders since the start of the 2006 season, hasn’t had more than three strikeouts in any of his six starts this season. Last year, he had a season-high seven Ks on four occasions, and was 2-2 in those games.