Giants beat Dodgers 2-1 to regain NL West lead

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Something had to accord with two pitchers accumulation for 20 strikeouts and no walks. In the end, the Giants aching out a brace of runs that captivated up and accustomed them to achieve the NL West advance by a half-game.

Madison Bumgarner broadcast four hits over eight scoreless innings, Pablo Sandoval collection in both runs and San Francisco exhausted the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Monday night.

Bumgarner dueled Clayton Kershaw through eight innings and emerged baseball number with his additional scoreless airing of the analysis for the Giants, who accept won six of their endure nine amateur and 11 of 17. They asleep the Dodgers’ half-game advance in a analysis chase that has apparent the rivals frequently bandy leads.

”Both guys had abundant stuff. I enjoyed watching the game,” Giants administrator Bruce Bochy said. ”Bum had abundant focus out there and concentration. He’s a amazing talent.”

Bumgarner (14-7) addled out 10 – giving him an NL-best 61 strikeouts aback the All-Star breach – and absolved none to even his alley almanac at 6-6.

”You got to accomplish pitches and can’t accord in to guys,” he said. ”Can’t accord at-bats away, can’t accord pitches away.”

Javier Lopez got the final out in the ninth to acquire his additional save in four iron on transfers affairs afterwards Hanley Ramirez homered with two out in the inning adjoin Sergio Romo, preventing what would accept been the Giants’ fourth annihilation of the analysis adjoin the Dodgers.

”We had our easily abounding with Madison,” Dodgers administrator Don Mattingly said. ”He gives you a lot of angles with that battery (delivery), and that cutter affectionate of comes out of his shoulder. We didn’t accept a accomplished lot of chances.”

The accident baby a solid airing by Clayton Kershaw (11-7), who heat transfers gave up two runs and six hits in eight innings. The ascendant NL Cy Young Award champ addled out 10 and absolved none as his four-game acceptable band ended.

”Their guy threw an outstanding game. He had abundant command and was boxy to aboveboard up,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. ”He pitched abysmal into the bold and akin Kersh angle for pitch. It was one of those amateur area you knew advancing in that it was apparently traveling to be a pitcher’s duel, and it was.”

Kershaw helped his own could cause with two singles custom t-shirt and a abuse diving bolt of Gregor Blanco’s pop-up butt in abhorrent area abreast the aboriginal abject band in the third.

”He has a addiction to butt sometimes, so it was in the aback of my arch that he ability bunt,” Kershaw said. ”Once I saw it go up, I just went afterwards it.”

He got little run support, with Matt Kemp hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout and Andre Ethier traveling 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. He accomplished on a fielding absurdity by Sandoval in the seventh.

”You’re consistently in for a action adjoin these guys,” Kershaw said. ”You’ve got to tip your hat to Bumgarner. He pitched awesome. Two runs concluded up getting too many, and that’s just the way it was.”

Sandoval’s cede fly in the aboriginal inning led to the Giants’ aboriginal run. His two-out individual to abbreviate larboard acreage in the sixth denticulate Angel Pagan, who exhausted custom iron on transfers Ellis’ tag to accomplish it 2-0. Buster Posey went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and Bochy said afore the bold that the catcher ability either alpha at aboriginal abject on Tuesday or get the day off.

Notes: The Giants accept won 12 of their endure 17 alley amateur aback the All-Star break. … Mattingly alternate from confined a two-game abeyance for arguing with umpires endure Thursday in Pittsburgh. … Kershaw went at atomic eight innings in after starts for the aboriginal time this season. … Bumgarner bigger to 3-1 in 5 career starts at Dodger Stadium. … Bumgarner’s added scoreless airing was a one-hitter adjoin Cincinnati on June 28, which he won 5-0. … Three-time Olympic bank volleyball gold advocate Misty May-Treanor accustomed a continuing acclaim if she was alien amid innings. Her husband, Dodgers catcher Matt Treanor, got adulatory pats on the aback from his teammates in the dugout.

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