Turner’s Solo Homer Lifts Dodgers Past Giants

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rich Hill pitched six dominant innings in his first start with Los Angeles and Justin Turner hit his 24th homer, lifting the Dodgers over the San Francisco Giants 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Los Angeles has a three-game lead over the Giants atop the NL West.

Turner homered in the fourth for the first hit against starter Johnny Cueto. Turner has 20 homers since June 10.

Hill (1-0) was on the disabled list with a blister on his left middle finger when the Dodgers acquired him from the Oakland Athletics on Aug. 1 along with outfielder Josh Reddick. He allowed five hits and struck out three while throwing 81 pitches.

Cueto (14-4) allowed a run and four hits over six innings, and San Francisco has lost eight of 10.

Kenley Jansen got his 37th save to complete the six-hitter. He reached 604 career strikeouts, tying Jim Brewer for most career strikeouts as a reliever in franchise history.

Cueto had two wins in three previous starts against the Dodgers this season. He’s still looking for his second win in the second half of the season.

With runners on the corners and two outs in the eighth, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made a visit to the mound to talk with reliever Joe Blanton. He left Blanton in the game, and then Brandon Crawford flied out to the warning track in right to end the inning. Roberts threw his arms up in celebration.

The 31-year-old Turner had 31 career home runs entering this season. He hit 16 in 2015, but before that, he’d never hit more than seven in a season. Turner also singled Wednesday.

The Giants’ Angel Pagan had his hitting streak end at 19 games. Los Angeles’ Adrian Gonzalez singled in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 17 games.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: Andre Ethier (broken right tibia) took batting practice and was with the team for the day. He’s looking to return in mid-September. … Alex Wood (elbow impingement) threw on flat ground. … Brandon McCarthy (right hip) threw a bullpen session. … Chase Utley (left foot) came out of the game and was listed as day to day.

RYU EYEING POSSIBLE RETURN

Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has been out the entire season after undergoing left shoulder surgery, is expected to begin a throwing program in a couple of days. The Dodgers have missed Ryu and Clayton Kershaw in the rotation.

“He’s about ready to pick up a baseball,” Roberts said of Ryu. “Obviously we don’t know how much we can build him up, but it’s encouraging that Ryu wants to get back in in any capacity he can.”

UP NEXT

Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (3-4, 4.04 ERA) had his only appearance against the Giants come in his MLB debut earlier this season, a game in which he threw 7 1/3 hitless innings before being removed after 100 pitches.

Giants: LHP Matt Moore (7-10, 4.18) is looking for his first win with San Francisco since coming over from the Tampa Bay Rays on Aug. 1. He is 0-3 with a 4.70 ERA in four starts for his new club.

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