SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Duggar hit a three-time tiebreaker after being called up earlier in the day and called up Brandon Bilt, the San Francisco Giants wrapped up their weekend’s main series against rival Los Angeles Dodgers with a 6-4 win Sunday to take the reins The initiative at NL West.
Albert Pujols hit a 678th career home run with a ninth-stroke Giants closest Jake McGee, who let Max Muncie’s song out later and then retired the Mookie Bates on third hit. The final went to a rematch and was confirmed after right-hander Mike Jastrzemski caught Justin Turner’s fly against the net in a sloppy area.
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Brandon Crawford earned an RBI and Darin Ruf home singles double in the second half as San Francisco beat Walker Buehler (13-3) for the first time. He went 7-0 with a 1.83 ERA during his first 12 games and 10 starts against the Giants. The right-hander has not allowed more than five runs since he ceded six to Colorado on September 2, 2019.
The Giants marked Buehler for the season top by six over seven strokes over three rounds in the regular season finale between the contenders. San Francisco (87-50) is now leading in one game and has a no-break tie-break with the reigning world champions (86-51) after winning the season series 10-9.
Here’s how close these clubs are to play in 2021: The Dodgers beat the Giants head-to-head by 80-78.
Dominic Leon made a perfect first start to his career at the Bulls’ second straight game for San Francisco after the Dodgers relied on thinners in the series opening Friday night when David Price couldn’t go.
Jose Alvarez entered for second and surrendered to RBI’s Will Smith song before resting winner Zach Little (2-0) and hitting two.
“Consecutive racing days are tough,” said Giants Giants manager Gabi Kapler. “It’s no secret. Kind of a hallmark of this team is the ability to handle difficult situations and to be good at handling difficult situations.”
San Francisco avoided losing three consecutive series for the first time all season.
PUJOLS back to ST. Louis
The Pujols are back at Busch Stadium with some nostalgia once again in St.
“I don’t think about it,” insists the 41-year-old hitter, so he can avoid any potential distractions with great fanfare.
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However, the trip is very meaningful – even if he returns to Bosch Stadium in 2019 with the Angels. By not placing extra expectations on himself, Pujols said it’s a way to avoid disappointment “if it doesn’t go the way you thought it would.”
“It was special in 2019 when I first went there and it will be special when we go there tomorrow all week,” Pujols said. “I always try to let these things work the way they are going to play. I just don’t like to distract myself. I just try to prepare myself for the match and the things I have to do.”
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the Pujols will play on Tuesday and Thursday.
The Dodgers: Bullock was put on the injury list for 10 days with a right hamstring injury even though he “felt much better today,” according to Roberts, following the injury Saturday night. Bullock is expected to miss two to three weeks. “It’s probably a couple of weeks,” Roberts said. “I’m still seeing him come back this season at some point.” …LHP Clayton Kershaw, who has been out since July 7 with a sore elbow, threw a fine batter using all his courts and is still on schedule to begin rehab Tuesday for Triple-A Oklahoma City. …LHP Danny Duffy, at 60 days IL with a strain in his elbow, will continue to play catch for the next couple of days before he is scheduled for a simulation game.
Giants: Austin Slater was placed in Illinois for seven days with a concussion on Saturday night. He hit the center field wall in the first half on Saturday night in an attempt to chase Tria Turner into the race. … INF Donovan Solano was expected to arrive on the field after returning from New York, where he was placed in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.
ROSTER . MOVES
Los Angeles have called up RHB Mitch White for the eighth time in the First Division this year, having recently featured in Division One Rancho Cucamonga and also with Oklahoma City.
Summon giants OF Duggar and RHP Camilo Doval from Triple-A Sacramento and option LHP Sammy Long to Sacramento.
RHP Kevin Gausman (12-5, 2.52) takes the hill for the Giants in the series opener in Colorado on Monday after three straight decisions but with wins in his last three.
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