The chief beneficiary was Dodgers starter Yu Darvish (9-12), who interrupted a personal slump by blanking the Giants on three hits in seven innings. It was a welcome reversal for Darvish, who was 0-3 with a 9.49 ERA in his previous three starts. The decision enabled the Dodgers to trim their magic number for clinching the National League West to seven. It also widened their bulge to 5 1/2 games over Washington for the league’s best record and home-field advantage through the NL playoffs.
Run-down feeling: The Giants ran themselves out of their best scoring chance before the first inning was over. With one out and Hunter Pence on second base, Denard Span‘s one-hopper back to the box was gloved by Darvish, who caught Pence in a rundown. Third baseman Turner tagged out Pence and then threw out Span trying for second, the 1-6-5-4 double play keeping Buster Posey from batting.
Dodgers: Thursday’s scheduled off-day precedes a three-game series at Washington in which the Dodgers can go a long way toward securing the NL’s best record. The showdown will begin with a 4:05 p.m. PT contest, which happens to be an MLB Network Showcase telecast. Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood will oppose Nationals right-hander Edwin Jackson.
Giants: Following a scheduled off-day Thursday, the Giants will plunge into a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks that starts with a 7:15 p.m. PT encounter Friday. Right-hander Jeff Samardzija will make his 30th start of the season for the Giants, who are 13-16 in his previous outings.
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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.
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