LOS ANGELES – Pinch hitter Will Smith connected for a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied on five runs to defeat the San Francisco Giants 8-6 on Tuesday night in the second A series pivot match between rivals NL West.
Chris Taylor and Matt Beaty shot goals from Tyler Rogers (1-1) before Smith hit a 0-1 cursor in the left-center stands for the third homer of his career. Los Angeles tied the set of four games to one apiece and moved within one game for the Giants in first place.
In a seven-home game, Los Angeles trailed 6-1 in the fifth before coming back. Taylor powered the rally with the third multi-home game of his career. He hit a solo shot from Alex Wood in the fifth and a two-point drive against John Brebbia in a three-point sixth.
Alex Dickerson and Mike Yastrzemski each hit a two-run homer for San Francisco. LaMonte Wade Jr. and Thairo Estrada added solo shots for the Giants, who lead the majors in home runs (142) and longball run percentage (52.9%).
Jimmie Sherfy (2-0) took the victory.
The Dodgers took a Game 1 lead 1-0 on an RBI single in midst of Max Muncy with the infield drawn.
The Giants responded quickly in the second. After Wilmer Flores started the round with a brace on the center-field wall, Dickerson passed a change from Darien Núñez to the right-field seats for a 2-1 lead.
The other three San Francisco tours came from Josiah Gray, who was making his major league debut. Wade, the second hitter Gray faced, greeted him with a right-hand solo in the third inning on the eighth pitch of his big-league career.
Estrada – taking the place of injured All-Star shortstop Brandon Crawford – led the fifth goal with a homer in the middle of the first pitch. Yastrzemski then extended the Giants’ lead to 6-1 with a two-point drive to the right.
Wood allowed three runs and six hits in five innings, and was a bit erratic with three hitters. Justin Turner (left knee contusion) and Muncy (right shoulder contusion) were two of them, and both ended up leaving the game.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts decided to use Núñez as an opener before going to Gray. Núñez allowed two runs and two hits in two innings. Gray struck out seven at bat in four innings but was charged with four runs and four hits.
Dodgers right fielder Zach McKinstry nodded in the second period to deprive Donovan Solano of a hit.
Giants: 2B Tommy La Stella (left hamstring strain, right thumb) will resume a rehab mission at Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday. … RHP Aaron Sanchez (right bicep crunch) threw a paddock before the game.
Dodgers: CF Mookie Betts did not start for the third game in a row due to a hip pointer. … Roberts said SS Corey Seager (broken left hand) was feeling great after taking up batting practice on Monday, but an activation date is yet to be determined.
LHP Dodgers Julio Urías (12-3, 3.78 ERA), tied for first in the major leagues in wins, are 1-3 in 11 career starts against the Giants. San Francisco’s RHP Logan Webb (4-3, 3.54) is 3-0 in his last five starts.
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