Bellinger’s blunder in 8th helps Giants top Dodgers 2-1

Jul 27, 2021, 11:22 AM | Updated: Jul 28, 2021, 12:33 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After benefiting from yet another late-game meltdown by their division rivals, Buster Posey and the Giants are starting to see a common theme.

San Francisco simply isn’t flinching.

Posey scored the tiebreaking run on a throwing error by first baseman Cody Bellinger in the eighth inning, and the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Tuesday night to increase their NL West lead to three games over the defending World Series champions.

“It boils down to guys just being prepared so when you get in tight moments, knowing you put the work in beforehand, it allows you to play relaxed,” Posey said.

Blake Treinen (2-5) walked Posey and Mike Yastrzemski to begin the eighth. Darin Ruf hit a grounder to second baseman Max Muncy, who began to chase Yastrzemski back toward first before throwing out Ruf.

Bellinger, making his first start of the season at first base in order to rest his sore hamstring, then pump-faked toward second before launching a throw well over third baseman Justin Turner’s head and into the protective netting along the third base line as the crowd of 32,878 roared.

“It just slipped out of my hand. There’s no excuses. I just threw it too high,” Bellinger said. “I think a good throw gets him. It hurts. It definitely hurts. It was a horrible throw.”

Posey, who was on his way to third, scored easily.

“I was really just trying to be in a position rounding the bag that if it looked like an opportunity to go, I felt like I was far enough down,” Posey said. “I might have gotten too far down. I don’t know, if the throw had been there it probably would have been pretty close. You get a break like that, you’ll take it.”

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts thought Bellinger’s vision might have been obstructed on the throw.

“I look at it and Muncy kind of got caught in the crossfire,” Roberts said. “Muncy might have been in his sight line. If he would have made an accurate throw and gets him, it’s a great play. It just didn’t work out.”

Posey had two hits and an RBI. Austin Slater also had two hits for San Francisco (63-37).

Bellinger singled and scored for the Dodgers. Muncy was 1 for 4 in his first game back off the paternity list.

Tyler Rogers (2-1) retired three batters to get the win. Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his 21st save.

The series at Oracle Park comes one week after the Giants won three of four in Los Angeles, including a pair of ninth-inning comebacks against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.

“When you’re playing in big games against tough competition, it’s helpful to be calm and poised in the biggest moments,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “This team has demonstrated they’re capable of doing that.”

After Bellinger bounced a leadoff single to right off starter Logan Webb leading off the fifth, Billy McKinney lined a ball into right-center to drive in Bellinger but was thrown out trying for second.

Posey’s RBI single in the sixth tied it.

FOR STARTERS

Dodgers starter Julio Urías pitched into the sixth and allowed one run. Urías, whose 12 wins are tied with Kyle Hendricks of the Cubs for most in the majors, struck out five and gave up six hits.

Webb had five strikeouts in six strong innings. He gave up three hits and a run after setting down 12 of the first 13 batters in his fourth start since coming off the injured list. The 24-year-old right-hander has four consecutive no-decisions with a 2.00 ERA over that span.

CLUTCH RELIEF

The Dodgers had runners at second and third against Rogers with one out in the eighth but failed to score. Luke Raley was thrown out sliding into home trying to score on Muncy’s grounder, and Turner flied out.

EXTRA BASES

The Giants’ 63 wins are their third-most through 100 games in the San Francisco era. … Dodgers reliever Jimmy Nelson plunked Donovan Solano and Thairo Estrada with consecutive pitches in the seventh.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: OF Mookie Betts (right hip) ran and did agility drills before the game. … LHP Clayton Kershaw threw 45 pitches in three innings of a simulated game. Roberts said the team will wait to see how Kershaw’s left elbow responds before a determination is made on what to do next.

Giants: LHP Sammy Long was reinstated from the injured list after missing 16 games with a lower back strain. RHP Zack Littell was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

UP NEXT

Dodgers RHP Walker Buehler (10-1, 2.31 ERA) has allowed three earned runs in 27 innings over four starts against San Francisco this season. Giants RHP Anthony DeSclafani (10-4, 2.87) has two losses and a pair of no-decisions against Los Angeles this year.

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Sam Ryder acknowledges the gallery after finishing his round on the 18th hole of the South Course a...
Associated Press

Ryder extends Farmers lead to 3, Rahm gets hot on windy day

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sam Ryder extended his lead to three shots in the Farmers Insurance Open with a 4-under 68 in challenging wind in the second round Thursday on Torrey Pines’ South Course while Jon Rahm had an eagle and three straight birdies late in his 5-under 67 on the easier North Course to […]
18 hours ago
Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier compete in the pairs short program at the U.S. figure skating cha...
Associated Press

World champs Knierim, Frazier dazzle in Day 1 at nationals

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — They held their on-ice embrace a little longer this time, kneeling in an end pose moments after a near-flawless short program. Overwhelming favorite and reigning world champions Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier scored a personal-best 81.96 on Thursday for a commanding lead in the first day of the U.S. Figure […]
18 hours ago
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James smiles during the second half of an NBA basketball game aga...
Associated Press

LeBron, Giannis chosen as captains for NBA All-Star Game

LeBron James is closing in on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA career scoring record. And now, he has caught Abdul-Jabbar on another page of the All-Star record book. James was announced Thursday as an NBA All-Star for the 19th time, the Los Angeles Lakers’ star tying Abdul-Jabbar for the most selections in league history. James — the […]
18 hours ago
Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy pushes a cameraman away while walking off the field after a...
Associated Press

Quinn returning to lead defense as Cowboys shuffle coaches

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — A shuffling of the coaching staff for the Dallas Cowboys won’t include defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who is returning after another year of receiving interest from teams seeking head coaches. Coach Mike McCarthy said the club’s decision not to renew the contracts of six members of his staff, including one with […]
18 hours ago
The Meyer Shank Racing team, from left, Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Michael Shank, Colin Bra...
Associated Press

Meyer Shank Racing aims for 2nd consecutive Rolex 24 victory

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Michael Shank bookended last year’s sports car season by winning the most prestigious endurance race in North America and then the IMSA championship. In between, he expanded his IndyCar program and followed a scrupulous plan to build Meyer Shank Racing into an elite motorsports organization. Now he’s set to lead […]
18 hours ago
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan speaks at a news conference before an NFL football pra...
Associated Press

Final 4 NFL teams all feature offensive-minded head coaches

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Chris Foerster had spent nearly two decades as an assistant in the NFL when he first crossed paths with Kyle Shanahan long before he became one of the NFL’s most-accomplished play-callers. Shanahan was in his third year as an offensive coordinator in the NFL when Foerster joined head coach Mike […]
2 days ago
Bellinger’s blunder in 8th helps Giants top Dodgers 2-1