The Los Angeles Dodgers looked to salvage their road trip on Sunday, having lost the first four games against the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants.
They were able to do that as Kyle Farmer came through with a game-winning double in the 10th inning to complete a 2-1 victory, moving Los Angeles to 3-6 on the season.
Clayton Kershaw got the start for the Dodgers and had everything working early as he gave up just one hit, a double by Evan Longoria, through his first five innings.
The Dodgers offense, which has struggled mightily to begin the season, continued to struggle on Sunday against Giants starter Ty Blach. They were able to break through for a run in the top of the fourth, as Yasiel Puig singled and Kiké Hernandez walked to begin the inning.
Puig later scored on a single by Matt Kemp to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. That was all in the inning though as Logan Forsythe hit into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Kershaw got into a little trouble in the sixth, giving up back-to-back singles with one out. He got Joe Panik to ht a fly ball to right field though, and Puig made a diving catch and then doubled up the runner at second to end the inning.
He got into some more trouble in the seventh as he gave up a two-out double to Longoria, putting the tying run in scoring position. Pablo Sandoval wound up grounding out to end the inning though, keeping San Francisco off the scoreboard once again.
Kershaw’s luck ran out in the eighth, as he gave up a leadoff single to Hunter Pence and then a bunt single to Kelby Tomlinson, marking the end of his outing.
J.T. Chargois came in and was not able to hold the lead, giving up an RBI-single to Buster Posey to tie the game at one. He then got a double play and a flyout to limit the damage to one run though, so the game was tied going into the ninth.
Neither team was able to score in the ninth, so for the second straight day, the two teams played extra innings. This time only one extra inning was needed though, as Farmer’s double scored Cody Bellinger and then Kenley Jansen closed it out to complete the 2-1 victory.
The outing was a much-needed one for Kenley, as he had struggled greatly to begin the season. He finally was able to pick up his first save of the season.