SAN FRANCISCO — — Freddie Freeman is a first-time 100-game winner, and he wants to rack up a lot more before these dominating Dodgers are finished.
Trayce Thompson hit a two-run homer to back up Julio Urías’ 17th win, and NL West champion Los Angeles beat the San Francisco Giants again with a 7-2 win on Saturday night to score the 10th 100-win season in franchise history and fourth in six years.
“I think this is the first time I’ve done this – pretty cool,” said Freeman, who joined the Dodgers from defending World Series champion Braves on a six-year, $162 million deal this season. “It just means we have a really good team and we still have more wins to come. … It’s special, when you come onto the pitch hoping to win every night and you have a really good chance to win every night. With our pitchers and the way our offense has been going lately, it’s a really good feeling.
Justin Turner hit a pair of RBI singles among his three hits a day after hitting a career-high 35 doubles for the season.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts credits his club’s commitment to continuing to win 100 games year after year.
“Every team goes through hardships, but to have a consistent level of play to win 100 games at this stage is quite an achievement, so there are a lot of people who deserve a lot of credit,” Roberts said. “It’s something we don’t take for granted.”
Urías (17-7) walked eight in six innings and improved to 4-1 against San Francisco this season. He allowed two runs on five hits a day after the Dodgers outscored the Giants 5-0 on Friday night.
Urías could still have enough starts to reach 20 wins again this season, although he insists ‘whatever the team asks, my mentality is positive’.
Los Angeles (100-44) had 13 more hits after getting nine in Game 1 of the series and needed the fewest games to reach 100 wins since the Seattle Mariners in 2001 (100-40).
“I don’t know if you expect to get 100 wins, I think you expect to be in the playoffs and go further in the playoffs,” Freeman said. “Every year, as far as I can remember, you have to go through the Dodgers if you want to win the World Series.”
Thompson hit his 11th homer against Sean Hjelle, then the Dodgers hit five straight singles against Hjelle (0-2) to start the third inning before Thompson walked.
Gavin Lux returned to the Los Angeles roster after being sidelined since Sept. 1 with back pain and went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.
The rain forecast for Sunday could threaten the series finale. The contingency plan would be to play on the clubs’ mutual day off on September 26.
“I think everyone is hoping whatever it takes to get it so we don’t have to come back,” Roberts said.
Fittingly, former Giants fan favorite and right fielder Hunter Pence arrived at the ballpark on a scooter as he was honored at a pre-game on-field ceremony as newest member of the team’s Wall of Fame, the 55th player to earn the recognition.
“That’s where I belong,” Pence said. “I wasn’t the best player but I was whole hearted. Put your heart into it.”
Highlights of Pence’s nearly eight years and his two World Series championships with the Giants were shown on the big video screen.
“If I had one lesson it would be, don’t be afraid to fail,” Pence told the crowd.
Dodgers: LHP David Price, nursing inflammation in the wrist of his throwing hand, pitched a bullpen and is expected to face batters sometime next week. … RHP Blake Treinen, struggling with pitching shoulder pain, will pitch again on Monday. … RHP Yency Almonte (right elbow constriction) kicked off a mock game and will begin a minimum two-game rehab mission with Triple-A Oklahoma City early in the week. … RHP Tony Gonsolin (right forearm strain) pitched a bullpen Saturday and will pitch another Monday before moving on to face the batters soon. “It just keeps getting better,” Roberts said. … RHP Brusdar Graterol (flaming pitching elbow) also pitched Saturday and is expected to face live hitters Monday. If all goes well, it could be activated later next week.
Giants: OF Austin Slater, who is recovering from a dislocated left little finger, took swings and could be activated Monday or Tuesday in Colorado. … LHP Carlos Rodón threw a bullpen and is on schedule to take his next turn after leaving his Wednesday start against Atlanta with a blister. … 1B Brandon Belt has been back at the club for the past few days as he recovers from surgery on his right knee, and manager Gabe Kapler reports that Belt is in “very good spirits”. … There’s still no decision on whether LHP Alex Wood will pitch again this season as he recovers from a shoulder dispute.
The Giants recalled OF Heliot Ramos and Hjelle from Triple-A Sacramento and opted for Willie Calhoun and RHP Luis Ortiz in Sacramento.
LHP Andrew Heaney (3-2, 2.84 ERA) starts the series finale for Los Angeles. He is 1/3 with a 6.92 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his career against the Giants. San Francisco counters with RHP Alex Cobb (6-6, 3.48) looking to earn his fourth straight decision and back-to-back starts for the first time since May.