Recap: Dodgers Splash 2 Home Runs On Madison Bumgarner, Win Series Vs. Giants
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Alex Verdugo greets Austin Barnes after a home run against the San Francisco Giants
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Max Muncy again got to Madison Bumgarner, this time without issue, and the Los Angeles Dodgers hung on for a 9-8 win against the San Francisco Giants to take three of four games. The Dodgers improved to 31-9 at Dodger Stadium, maintaining the best home record in baseball.

The Dodgers took a lead in the first inning behind two of Bumgarner’s biggest nemesis — Kiké Hernandez and Muncy. Bumgarner had some self-inflicted damage as he hit Hernandez with a pitch on a 1-2 count.

Bumgarner nearly managed to escape any trouble from putting the leadoff man aboard, but Hernandez promptly stole second and third base with two outs. Muncy’s RBI single into right field gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

Bumgarner then came unraveled in the fourth inning, surrendering two-run home runs to Kyle Garlick and Austin Barnes, and an RBI single to Chris Taylor. For Garlick, it was a second home run in as many nights.

Bumgarner was chased with two outs and exited with the bases loaded. At 3.2 innings, the start marked his shortest since only going three innings at Petco Park on April 11, 2015. The outing was Bumgarner’s shortest of his career at Dodger Stadium.

As Bumgarner was being knocked around, Dodger Stadium organist Dieter Ruehle and disc jockey DJ Severe showered him with an array of songs and medleys that referenced water, which of course was in reference to the altercation between Bumgarner and Muncy at Oracle Park.

All the while the Dodgers received what was an encouraging effort, at least early, from their entire pitching staff in a second consecutive bullpen game. Julio Urias picked up five strikeouts over three scoreless innings in his first start since April 18, and JT Chargois also had five strikeouts in two frames.

Ross Stripling followed with two innings of his own, and Josh Sborz worked a 1-2-3 eighth in his MLB debut. Sborz was given an opportunity to finish the game out but failed to retire any of the first three batters faced in the ninth inning, and gave way to Kenley Jansen after a two-run double.

Jansen allowed a pair of RBI singles before recording an out and proceeding to convert his 22nd save of the season.

The Dodgers lost their shutout bid in the fifth inning when Brandon Crawford scored Kevin Pillar from first base with a double down the right-field line. San Francisco struck again in the seventh inning on Crawford’s sacrifice fly and a two-run home run by Mike Yastrzemski.

They came in large part due to Taylor’s fielding error after a leadoff walk.

Joc Pederson’s pinch-hit, two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh created separation and ultimately was the difference in light of the Giants’ rally in the ninth inning. That also gave L.A. a third straight game with nine runs scored.