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Instant Replay: Pence, Posey homer as Giants vanquish Kershaw

Instant Replay: Pence, Posey homer as Giants vanquish Kershaw

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LOS ANGELES — Did you think you had the 2017 Giants figured out? Try again. 

After a lifeless weekend at AT&T Park, the Giants came down to Dodger Stadium and handed Clayton Kershaw one of his worst nights against his rival (it still wasn’t all that bad). A slumping lineup had eight hits — including two homers — off the longtime Giant-killer and Johnny Cueto made it all hold up. A 4-3 win kicked off May and the three-city trip in style. 

Hunter Pence and Buster Posey combined for just two homers in April, but they found an unlikely way to get going in May. Pence blasted a Kershaw curveball a dozen rows into the left field bleachers in the first, giving Cueto a 2-0 lead. The Dodgers tied it up in the second, but Posey gave the Giants the lead back in the third inning with his first homer since the season-opening road trip. 

Gorkys Hernandez took advantage of the leadoff assignment in the fifth, bunting for a hit and reaching second on Kershaw’s error. He scored when Christian Arroyo — who had three great at-bats against Kershaw — lined a single to left to score Hernandez. 

The Dodgers got a run back in the seventh, but Bruce Bochy stuck with Cueto as trouble mounted and he was rewarded. Andrew Toles grounded out to end the inning and stranded a pair. 

Steven Okert took over and pitched a perfect eighth, and Bochy left him out on the mound to start the ninth. Adrian Gonzalez flied out to center and Cody Bellinger popped up. With Mark Melancon unavailable due to a high workload, Derek Law entered and got the final out. 

Starting pitching report: Cueto was charged with three earned in seven innings. He walked one and struck out six. On the other side, the eight hits and four runs both matched Kershaw’s highs against the Giants in 38 career appearances. 

Bullpen report: Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless seventh in his first home appearance against his former team. He still uses “El Mechon.” It is considerably less lit than it was at AT&T Park. 

At the plate: Pence entered the night with just seven hits in 70 at-bats against Kershaw, and all of those were singles. 

In the field: Drew Stubbs made a nice running catch of Corey Seager’s liner to left-center in the third. He hasn’t hit much, but he might be the best defensive center fielder on the roster right now.

Attendance: The Dodgers announced a crowd of 44,606 human beings. One of the Giants fans in the first row kept reading an old newspaper from the day after the 2014 title. A+ troll move. 

Up next: Matt Moore’s last two starts at Dodger Stadium: 8 2/3 shutout innings, 1 hit … 1 inning, 6 earned runs. So, I have no idea what you’ll get tomorrow. He’ll face Alex Wood.

 

Watch Pablo Sandoval smack walk-off home run to push Giants over Cubs

Watch Pablo Sandoval smack walk-off home run to push Giants over Cubs

Another game, another walk-off win.

The Giants kept the good times rolling Tuesday night after Pablo Sandoval delivered a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 13th inning to beat the Cubs 5-4 at Oracle Park.

On the first pitch of the at-bat, Sandoval lined a solo shot to the opposite field off Cubs reliever Brad Brach. It was a nice way for the Kung Fu Panda to redeem himself, after he had gone hitless in five at-bats earlier in the night.

Sandoval's clutch homer makes it 17 wins for the Giants in their last 20 games. They're now a season-best two games above .500, and just two games out of a playoff spot.

Rookie Sam Coonrod got the win for San Francisco, after he pitched a scoreless inning against the heart of Chicago's order in the top of the 13th.

Cubs vs. Giants lineups: Madison Bumgarner makes possible final home start

Cubs vs. Giants lineups: Madison Bumgarner makes possible final home start

Only one thing can be true: Either Madison Bumgarner is making his final home start in a Giants uniform against the Cubs on Tuesday night at Oracle Park, or he's not being moved at the rapidly approaching MLB trade deadline.

Given San Francisco's recent hot streak -- the Giants have won 16 of their last 19 games and now sit just two games out of a playoff spot -- it doesn't seem nearly as likely that Bumgarner (5-7, 3.65 ERA) will be traded as it did just a few weeks ago. The Giants are fully in the thick of the playoff race, and have their best pitcher taking the mound against Chicago.

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Bumgarner has been on fire as of late, having gone 2-0 with a 1.55 ERA in his past five starts, with 34 strikeouts in 29 innings. The left-hander has posted a 9-2 career record against the Cubs, who have struggled against southpaws so far this season. Chicago ranks 13th out of 15 National League teams with a .242 batting average against lefties.

Opposing Bumgarner for the Cubs will be Yu Darvish (3-4, 4.46 ERA), who has yet to allow a run in 12 innings since the All-Star break. In wins over the Pirates and Reds, Darvish allowed just four hits and struck out 15 to just one walk.

The Giants will go with a lefty-heavy lineup against the Cubs' right-hander, with Alex Dickerson starting in left field and batting cleanup.

Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Giants Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming on the My Teams app.

Here are the full Cubs-Giants lineups:

San Francisco Giants (51-50)
Brandon Belt, 1B
Buster Posey, C
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Alex Dickerson, LF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Mike Yastrzemski, RF
Kevin Pillar, CF
Joe Panik, 2B
Madison Bumgarner, LHP (5-7, 3.65 ERA)

Chicago Cubs (54-46)
Kyle Schwarber, LF
Javier Baez, SS
Kris Bryant, 3B
Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Albert Almora Jr., CF
Jason Heyward, RF
Robel Garcia, 2B
Victor Caratini, C
Yu Darvish, RHP (3-4, 4.46 ERA)