It wasn’t pretty, but at this point, the San Francisco Giants will certainly take it.
The Giants snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday afternoon. It was just their third victory in their last 15 games.
Madison Bumgarner rose to the occasion, just hours after being selected to his first All-Star Game. Bumgarner allowed two runs on three hits in seven innings, striking out nine en route to his ninth win of the season. He also recorded two RBI, chipping in with the bat as well.
The Giants rallied for three runs in the second inning to take control of the game. Without hitting the ball out of the infield, they loaded the bases for Bumgarner, who drew a walk to force in a run. They added two more on a Gregor Blanco infield single and a Marco Scutaro sacrifice fly.
Bumgarner didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning, when Andre Ethier blooped a single into left field. Tim Federowicz followed with a two-run homer, ending any hopes of a shutout.
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The Giants appeared to grab an early 1-0 lead in the first. After Blanco led off the inning with a double and moved to third on Scutaro’s bunt, Buster Posey stepped up and drove in Blanco with a double.
Except Posey was batting out of turn. While the lineup on scoreboard and in the clubhouse had Posey batting third, the official lineup card handed to the Dodgers listed Posey in the cleanup spot. Therefore, Pablo Sandoval, the actual third-place hitter, was called out, and Posey had to bat again. He flied out to right to end the inning.