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Giants top Dodgers despite injuries to Cueto, Crawford
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eduardo Nunez and Brandon Belt homered to help the San Francisco Giants overcome injuries to All-Star pitcher Johnny Cueto and shortstop Brandon Crawford in a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.
San Francisco pulled into a three-way tie for first place in the NL wild-card standings with the Mets and Cardinals. The Giants are five games behind the NL West-leading Dodgers with 11 to play.
Cueto exited with a strained left groin in the sixth inning. Crawford came out with a dislocated left pinky in the second.
A team trainer checked on Cueto with Andrew Toles at bat. The right-hander stayed in and walked Toles, then motioned that he was done.
It was Vin Scully bobblehead night at Dodger Stadium. A sellout crowd gave the longtime broadcaster a loud standing ovation before the game, and Scully responded in kind.
The bobblehead featured Scully with his hands over his heart thanking fans, depicting the moment from opening day this season. Scully is retiring after this season, his 67th in the booth.
The attendance of 53,621 was the largest regular-season crowd in Major League Baseball since Aug. 30, 2012, when the Dodgers had another Scully bobblehead giveaway.
Crawford was injured when he slid into third base. He was thrown out trying to go from first to third.
Rich Hill started for the Dodgers and pitched five innings, allowing just one run — the homer by Nunez — and six hits while striking out seven and walking one. Hill came out after 77 pitches.
Hill’s debut with the Dodgers was delayed almost a month because of blister issues. This was his fifth start with the team.
Following a bench-clearing scuffle involving Madison Bumgarner and Yasiel Puig on Monday night, Puig, Adrian Gonzalez and other Dodgers posted pictures on social media of themselves wearing T-shirts with the hashtag “#Dontlookatme” with hands covering their eyes.
Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts was fine with his team having fun with the heated situation Monday.
“Technology. People are quick these days,” Roberts said. “I heard about it. I do (like that they had fun). You get two guys competing. They know what’s at stake. Emotions get in the way sometimes. I don’t think there’s anything else to it.”
Corey Seager doubled in the third inning, becoming the first Dodgers rookie to have 40 doubles in one season. He was 3 for 4.
The Giants have 29 blown saves, but the bullpen did its job this time. With Cueto’s early departure, the relievers pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings.
Sergio Romo earned the save with a scoreless ninth.
Giants: LHP Matt Moore nearly threw a no-hitter the last time he was on the mound at Dodger Stadium. He went 8 2/3 innings before Seager ruined the no-hit bid with a blooper to right field. Moore went just five innings against St. Louis in earning the win in his last start.
Dodgers: RHP Kenta Maeda (15-9, 3.24 ERA) has given up only four earned runs and struck out 17 over his last three games covering 17 1/3 innings. He has made two starts against the Giants this season and went 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA.