Recap: Gavin Lux Hits Grand Slam In Dodgers’ Sweep Of Giants

The Los Angeles Dodgers blew the game open early and cruised to an 11-5 win over the San Francisco Giants to complete a weekend sweep at Oracle Park. The Dodgers are on a seven-game winning streak and have taken 11 of their past 12.

Yoshi Tsutsugo’s RBI single in the second inning gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, which Julio Urias then added to with a two-run double off the wall in right field. Run-scoring singles by Matt Beaty and Chris Taylor extended the Dodgers’ lead to 5-0 in the third, and the afternoon then got away from Anthony DeSclafani and the Giants.

The implosion began with a decision to intentionally walk DJ Peters with two outs. Urias made the Giants pay as his hard-hit grounder to first base and went off Darin Ruf’s glove to result in an RBI infield single with the bases loaded.

Urias became the first Dodgers pitcher with three RBI in a single game since Dan Haren in 2014. It also marked a second consecutive game in which Urias collected a hit. “Obviously hitting in the Major Leagues is really tough,” he said last week. “But you go up there and try to make contact. When you get a hit it’s really nice.”

Gavin Lux then followed with his second career grand slam; both of which have come in the past week. That knocked DeSclafani out of the game, with the 10 runs allowed a career high. He went into the day not having allowed more than three runs in any outing this year and only a total of 12 in nine starts.

Max Muncy’s home run — his 10th of the season — gave the Dodgers an 11-0 lead in the fourth inning.

Urias dazzles

In addition to helping his cause with a career-best three RBI, Urias was dominant from the mound. He held the Giants without a baserunner until Mike Tauchman’s one-out infield single in the sixth inning. It came one pitch after Tauchman appeared to go around on a check swing, but the third base umpire did not rule as much.

With a perfect game lost, Urias also saw his shutout bid slip away on Austin Slater’s two-run home run. A third hit followed, but that was it as Urias got through six innings with 10 strikeouts and the two runs allowed.

The Giants pushed across three runs against Edwin Uceta in the eighth inning but didn’t draw any closer.

NL West standings

The Dodgers moved into second place in the National League West, one game ahead of the Giants. The San Diego Padres won their ninth in a row to remain in first place in the division and one game ahead of L.A.

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