Kevin Pillar knocked in the game’s only run with a ground out in the first inning and Tyler Beede struck out five in five innings as the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 on Saturday night.
The Dodgers entered the three-game series against their rivals with a magic number of four to clinch their seventh consecutive National League West title. While already eliminated from playoff contention, the Giants made sure a Dodgers party will not happen this weekend.
The earliest the Dodgers can now clinch is Tuesday, at the start of an interleague series at Baltimore.
The Giants loaded the bases in the first inning against Dodgers rookie starter Tony Gonsolin. Pillar’s slow roller to Justin Turner at third base was able to bring home Mike Yastrzemski with what proved to be the game’s only run.
Beede (4-9) pitched five scoreless innings, the first time he had not allowed at least three runs in a start since July 19. He entered 0-6 over his last eight starts with a 7.05 ERA. The Giants lost all eight of those games.
Gonsolin (2-2) recovered from his shaky start to allow one run on two hits over four innings. He did give up four walks, while recording five strikeouts.
Gonsolin is a long shot to earn a role as the fourth starter in the playoffs, as Julio Urias and Rich Hill are also vying for the role. A relief role could be an option, but a first inning in which he gave up two hits and two walks is not the kind of entrance the Dodgers are seeking.
The Dodgers had their chances, but left the bases loaded in the second and fifth innings against Beede. Gonsolin struck out with the bases full to end the second inning, and Cody Bellinger hit a lazy fly ball to left field with the bases jammed to end the fifth.
Six Giants relievers held the Dodgers hitless over the final four innings. Right-hander Jandel Gustave pitched the ninth for his first career save.
In a season in which plenty has gone against San Francisco, aside from a midseason surge, the Giants are 7-8 against a Dodgers team that has the best record in the National League at 92-52 and is within reach of the best record in baseball behind the New York Yankees and Houston Astros.
It was the 107th career victory at Dodger Stadium for Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who will retire at the end of the season. No visiting manager has more victories in the Dodgers’ home park, where Bochy will guide a team for the last time Sunday.
Giants: OF Alex Dickerson was sent back to San Francisco to receive a cortisone injection for a sore right oblique. Manager Bruce Bochy says it is possible Dickerson could return before the end of the season. … INF Zach Green was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento and placed on the 60-day injured list with a left hip impingement, opening a spot on the 40-man roster that allowed the Giants to claim LHP Wandy Peralta off waivers from the Reds.
Dodgers: After he reported a clean bill of health following a two-inning simulated game Friday, the Dodgers confirmed that LHP Rich Hill will indeed come off the injured list Thursday and make a short start at Baltimore. Hill has been on the IL since June with a left forearm flexor strain. … OF Alex Verdugo will not join the team on its upcoming road trip after a setback in his return from an oblique injury with manager Dave Roberts still expecting his return at some point. … 3B Max Muncy, on the IL with a small fracture in his right wrist, is being targeted for a return Friday at New York against the Mets, Roberts said.
Giants: RHP Dereck Rodriguez is likely to rely heavily on offspeed pitches in Sunday’s series finale after using the strategy to hold the Cardinals to one run over seven innings Tuesday.
Dodgers: Julio Urias (4-3, 2.55) will be limited to three innings and/or 45 pitches in his second start since returning from a 20-game suspension under MLB’s domestic violence policy.