Giants keep NL West lead after Dodgers get walked off

Charlie Blackmon homer

The Giants held on to their lead in the NL West for at least one more day.

After losing 2-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Sunday, the Giants could have fallen into a first-place tie atop of the division if the Los Angeles Dodgers had beaten the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

But former Giants first-round pick Phil Bickford, now a reliever for Los Angeles, gave up a walk-off homer to Charlie Blackmon in the bottom of the 10th inning, sending the Dodgers to a 6-5 loss.

The Giants (58-34; .630 winning percentage) remain one game up on the Dodgers (58-36; .617 winning percentage) in the standings.

The Giants enter the massive series in a lull. After winning the first game of the second half, 7-2 over the Cardinals, the Giants' offense went cold this weekend, scoring two runs in two losses. The Dodgers' offense, on the other hand, comes in red-hot. Including five runs on Sunday, the Dodgers have scored 24 runs in their three games since the All-Star break.

While the Giants have been one of the best teams in MLB all season long, they've struggled against the Dodgers this year, going 3-6 against Los Angeles.

This four-game series in Los Angeles is critical for the Giants, and the good news is that they expect to get reinforcements for Monday's series opener.


Kevin Gausman has been away from the team while tending to a family medical emergency and Buster Posey has been on the Injured List with a thumb injury, but manager Gabe Kapler is "pretty confident" both will be in the starting lineup Monday.

If Gausman is able to go Monday, the Giants will then send Alex Wood, Logan Webb, and Anthony DeSclafani in the next three games.

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The Giants are sputtering heading into the big four-game series and need to find their form quickly or they could see the Dodgers leapfrog them this week.

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