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Dodgers Survive Messy 9th Inning to Beat SF Giants 6-5 at Dodger Stadium

Cody Bellinger, No. 35, of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with A.J. Pollock, No. 11, after hitting a grand slam against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning on April 2, 2019, at Dodger Stadium. (Credit: Yong Teck Lim / Getty Images)

Cody Bellinger, No. 35, of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with A.J. Pollock, No. 11, after hitting a grand slam against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning on April 2, 2019, at Dodger Stadium. (Credit: Yong Teck Lim / Getty Images)

Cody Bellinger hit a grand slam off Madison Bumgarner in the third inning, the sixth consecutive game the Dodgers have homered in to start the season, and Los Angeles hung on to beat the rival San Francisco Giants 6-5 on Tuesday night.

The Dodgers have slugged 17 homers so far, tied with the Seattle Mariners for most in the majors. They tied the franchise record for homers in six straight games to start a season, set by the 1954 Brooklyn Dodgers.

With two homers in a 4-2 loss in Monday’s series opener, the Dodgers have homered in 10 straight games going back to Sept. 18.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked none. He was the fifth left-hander in six games that the Giants have faced.

The Dodgers survived a messy ninth when closer Kenley Jansen gave up a bases-loaded walk to Yangervis Solarte to make it 6-3. The Giants began the inning with a double by Evan Longoria and a walk by Buster Posey off Yimi Garcia.

Jansen came in and promptly loaded the bases when he misplayed the ball while covering first, allowing Brandon Crawford on. He struck out pinch-hitter Joe Panik before getting pinch-hitter Pablo Sandoval to ground into a game-ending double play, the Dodgers’ third of the game.

Jansen earned his second save.

The Dodgers led 1-0 on Enriqué Hernández’s RBI single that scored Russell Martin, who was safe at first on Bumgarner’s throwing error to open the third.

With two outs, A.J. Pollock singled, Hernández took second and Ryu, who walked, went to third, setting up Bellinger’s fourth career grand slam that made it 5-0.

The Dodgers turned two double plays and Hernández made two stellar defensive plays at second base.

Bumgarner (0-2) gave up five runs — all unearned — and five hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked two. The left-hander has 204 strikeouts against the Dodgers in his career.

Bumgarner rebounded at the plate in the sixth, hitting a two-run shot to left that had the Giants trailing 5-2.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (sprained left knee) will throw a bullpen session in Denver on Saturday, his first since March 19. He has been wearing a knee brace. Manager Dave Roberts said he expects Hill to make a minor league rehab start, but it hasn’t been decided. … LHP Clayton Kershaw (shoulder inflammation) is set to throw four innings and 60 pitches in his rehab assignment on Thursday at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

MAKING MOVES

The Giants acquired OF Kevin Pillar from Toronto for INF Alen Hanson, RHP Derek Law and minor league pitcher Juan De Paula. Pillar is earning $5.8 million, is eligible for arbitration next winter and can become a free agent after the 2020 season. They designated OF Michael Reed for assignment to make room for Pillar on the 40-man roster.

Pillar struck out swinging as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.

The Dodgers signed RHP Zach McAllister to a minor league contract. The 31-year-old reliever was released last week by Texas. McAllister signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers late last season, but was never called up. He pitched in nine spring games for the Rangers and allowed four earned runs in 12 innings with 10 strikeouts and two walks.

UP NEXT

LHP Derek Holland (0-1, 6.75 ERA) goes for the Giants in the series finale on Wednesday. RHP Ross Stripling starts for the Dodgers. He last pitched Friday against Arizona, allowing three hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings while not factoring into the decision in a 5-4 loss. He struck out five and walked one on 76 pitches.

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