San Francisco Giants Friday game wrap up: Turner leads Dodgers to victory

By Jeremy Kahn

AP photo: The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw throws against the San Francisco Giants on Friday night at AT&T Park

SAN FRANCISCO-Justin Turner added his name to the lore of the long historical rivalry between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants on one swing of the bat.

Turner launched a Santiago Casilla pitch into the left field bleachers leading off the top of the ninth inning, as the Dodgers defeated the Giants in the opener of a pivotal three-game series before a crowd of 41,208, the 438th consecutive regular sellout at AT&T Park.

The Turner home run was one of two hits allowed by Casilla in the fateful ninth inning, as former Palo Alto High School standout Joc Pederson doubled with two outs; however he was stranded at second base, as Casilla was able to get Yasmani Grandal to fly out to Jarrett Parker to end the inning.

Turner’s home run made a winner out of Clayton Kershaw, who improves to 9-1 on the season. In eight innings of work, Kershaw allowed two runs on five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out 13. It was the eighth time this season that Kershaw topped the double digit plateau in strikeouts and the first time since he struck out 10 against the New York Mets on May 29 at Citi Field.

Johnny Cueto got off to a rough start from the get go, as he hit Chase Utley to leadoff the game, then Corey Seager reached on a infield single. Then with Turner at the plate, Cueto unleashed a wild pitch that advanced the runners an additional 90 feet.

Utley then scored on a balk by Cueto, and Seager moved to third base. Turner struck out for the first out of the inning, and then Trace Thompson, the younger brother of Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson singled in Seager for the Dodgers second run of the inning.

Thompson would be the last runner to reach base against Cueto until he hit Utley in the top of the fifth inning, as he retired 11 in a row up to that point. After Cueto hit Utley for a second time, he retired the next 10, as in all, Cueto retired 23 out of the last 24 batters he faced.

Cueto ended up going up eight innings, allowing two runs on just three hits, while not a walking a batter and striking out eight; however he did not fare in the decision.

Over his last seven starts, Cueto is 5-0 with a 1.01 earned run average, with just six earned runs allowed in 53.1 innings of work.

Cueto also saw 29.1 scoreless inning streak at AT&T Park come to an end in the first inning. It was the second longest streak by a Giants pitcher at home since the Giants moved to San Francisco from New York in 1958. Bud Black holds the records, as he tossed 32.0 straight scoreless innings at Candlestick Park back in 1991.

Matt Duffy got the Giants on the board in the bottom of the first inning, as he took a Kershaw offering and planted it into the left field bleachers to cut the Dodgers lead in half.

It was the first home run by Duffy since April 6 against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park, a span of 214 at-bats.

The Duffy home run was just the fifth allowed by Kershaw this season, and the third by the Giants. Madison Bumgarner and Ehire Adrianza each hit one on April 9, and then Duffy put his name on that list with his third home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning.

Kenley Jansen came on for the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth inning, and got Duffy and Buster Posey to fly out to Thompson for the first two outs; however Brandon Belt extended the game, when he doubled down the right field line and then pinch hitter Gregor Blanco walked. Jansen then regrouped, and was able to get Brandon Crawford to strikeout swinging and the Dodgers cut the Giants lead in the National League West down to three games.

It was the 17th save of the season for Jansen.

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