08/08 23:12 CDT Slater homers twice as Giants down Kershaw, Dodgers 5-4
Slater homers twice as Giants down Kershaw, Dodgers 5-4
By JOE REEDY
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) --- Austin Slater had his first multi-homer game, Johnny Cueto
took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the
Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 on Saturday night.
Slater hit solo shots over the wall in center in the third and fifth innings
off Clayton Kershaw and became only the seventh player to hit two homers in the
same game off the Dodgers' ace.
It was a tough night for Kershaw (1-1), who has traditionally dominated the
Giants. The right-hander came into the game with a 23-12 record and 1.74 ERA
against San Francisco, but allowed four runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings with
a walk and six strikeouts. It is the second-shortest start of Kershaw's career
against the Giants and the first time he has allowed three home runs in a game
to them in 49 starts.
Cueto (1-0) only allowed a third-inning walk to Chris Taylor in the first five
innings before hitting a wall in the sixth. He went 5 2/3 innings, marking his
second straight outing where he was gone at least five innings. The
right-hander allowed four runs on two hits with three walks and three
Mike Yastrzemski also homered in the third to extend San Francisco's lead to
2-0. His drive to right marked the third time in Kershaw's last seven
regular-season starts that he has allowed multiple HR's in the same inning.
Yastrzemski chased Kershaw with an RBI double to right-center to give the
Giants a 4-0 lead in the fourth. they added a run in the sixth when Mauricio
Dubn' s sacrifice fly plated Hunter Pence.
Kik Hernndez led off the Dodgers' sixth with a triple to left that Pence lost
track of in the Dodger Stadium twilight and scored on Austin Barnes' ground
out. Cueto walked two of the next three Dodger batters before his night ended
when Justin Turner drove a hanging curveball halfway up the bleachers in left
to bring LA within 5-4.
Donovan Solano had three hits and upped his batting average to .462, which
leads the majors.
The Giants second baseman extended his hitting streak to a MLB-high 13 games
with a first-inning single to left. It also marks the longest of his career,
surpassing the 12-game streak he had with the Miami Marlins in 2012.
Giants: RHP Jeff Samardjiza was placed on the 10-day injured list before the
game due to right shoulder impingement. ... RHP Trevor Cahill (fingernail)
threw three innings during an intrasquad game on Friday but still hasn't built
up enough innings yet to rejoin the rotation.
Dodgers: SS Corey Seager got a clean MRI scan on his back and is feeling less
pain. Seager left Friday's game after feeling discomfort in his lower back.
Dodgers' right-hander Walker Buehler (0-0, 5.19 ERA) is 4-0 in six games
against the Giants, with four being starts. Righty Kevin Gausman (0-1, 5.27
ERA) is still looking for his first win in a San Francisco uniform after
signing during the offseason.
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