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  • 22 Jul
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers roughed up Madison
    Bumgarner and rode their hot-hitting lineup for the first eight innings of
    Thursday night’s game against San Francisco. It was their clutch fielding that
    ended up helping them hold on for a 9-8 win.The Giants trailed 9-4 going into
    the ninth but scored four times to get within a run.With runners on first and
    second and none
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    first baseman Cody Bellinger grabbed Tyler Austin’s bunt and threw to third to
    get Stephen Vogt on a close play. The Giants challenged, but the call was upheld
    after a nearly two-minute review.Article continues below ...“That turned out to
    be a big play,” Bellinger said. “It probably would’ve been the weirdest loss I
    would have been a part of. Good thing it wasn’t.”Giants manager Bruce Bochy was
    miffed the replay umpires did not overturn the call at third and made his
    feelings clear after the game.“I would like to know what they are looking at in
    New York. I wish they could show me what they saw,” he said. “I saw it on the
    scoreboard and after the game. It could be missed on replay and it looked like
    it was missed. You couldn’t have a bigger call go against you.”The first five
    San Francisco batters got on in the ninth, including a two-run double by Brandon
    Crawford and RBI singles by Mike Yastrzemski and Vogt.But the Dodgers turned in
    another defensive gem when they needed it. Center fielder Alex Verdugo chased
    down Buster Posey’s line drive and made a diving catch, and Kyle Garlick caught
    Brandon Belt’s fly ball near the warning track in right for the final out.Kenley
    Jansen was charged with a run and two hits but was able to hang on for his 22nd
    save.Garlick, Austin Barnes and Joc Pederson each hit a two-run homer for the
    major league-leading Dodgers, who won three of four against the rival
    Giants.Garlick and Barnes — who each had three hits — drove their balls over the
    left field wall during a five-run fourth inning. Pederson came on as a
    pinch-hitter in the seventh and launched his 20th of the season to left.The
    Dodgers sent 11 batters to the plate and had eight of their 16 hits in the
    fourth as they chased Bumgarner (3-7) after 3 2/3 innings.Justin Turner also had
    three hits, and Garlick had his first three-RBI game in the majors. The Dodgers
    have won six of eight on their homestand.“You take out that ninth inning, it was
    a very clean, well-played game for us all around,” manager Dave Roberts
    said.Yastrzemski had a two-run homer in the seventh for last-place San
    Francisco Jason
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    , which has dropped four of five. Crawford added three
    RBIs.Los Angeles lefty Julio Urias made his first start since April 18 at
    Milwaukee. Urias, who could move back into the rotation after Rich Hill was
    placed on the injured list, worked three innings and gave up one hit while
    striking out five.JT Chargois (1-0) allowed a run in two innings for the win.A
    START TO FORGETIf this was Bumgarner’s last outing against LA as a member of the
    Giants, it was not his most memorable.Max Muncy wore a T-shirt reading “Go get
    it out of the ocean” again during batting practice. The message was Muncy’s
    response when the left-hander told him “Don’t watch the ball, run” after Muncy
    homered into McCovey Cove in San Francisco for the only run of the game on June
    9.Bochy said the Dodgers might be “poking the bear” by wearing the shirts.“You
    poke the bear enough, you can’t be upset if he fights back, either. Some things
    are best to let it go,” Bochy said.Bumgarner, who could be traded before the
    July 31 deadline, had his shortest outing in 35 starts against the Dodgers, as
    well as allowing his most hits to them and surrendering six or more runs for
    only the second time.“This start didn’t feel any different than the rest of
    them,” Bumgarner said. “I gave up a lot of hits in a row. I will have to see if
    I can find a reason for why it unraveled.”STREAKS AND STATSIt was the third
    straight night the Dodgers scored nine runs against their NL West rivals. The
    last time they had three nights in a row against the Giants with nine or more
    runs was July 1977. … Turner is batting .344 since April 26.TRAINER’S
    ROOMGiants: RHP Johnny
    Cueto ,
    recovering from Tommy John surgery last August, will throw a bullpen Friday in
    Arizona. Bochy said Cueto is throwing 40 pitches per session and continues to
    make progress.“He’s making enough strides that he could start his rehab in
    August, and then a month of rehab and he could be ready to go in September,”
    Bochy said. “This isn’t us pushing him, this is just the schedule that was set
    out when he started his rehab.”UP NEXTGiants: RHP Jeff Samardzija (3-6, 3.96
    ERA) takes the mound Friday for the opener of a three-game series in Arizona.
    Samardzija has lost five of his last six starts and allowed a season-high nine
    hits in his last one Sunday against Milwaukee.Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (7-1,
    3.06) starts the first game of a weekend series against Colorado. Buehler is 2-0
    in three June starts and has allowed only one earned run in his last 22 innings.
    Houston Astros third basemen Alex Bregman blasted umpires Wednesday night after
    a triple was changed to an out because of fan interference.In the sixth inning
    of Houston's 3-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies, Bregman seemingly led off with a
    triple; however, it was determined after review that a fan prevented Rockies
    outfielder Gerardo Parra from making the catch after reaching over the wall and
    touching the ball.According to, Bregman was highly frustrated by the
    decision:"It was a f--king joke, and they should be f--king ashamed of
    themselves. Obviously, the guy has never played f--king baseball before in his
    life Brett
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    , the guy in charge of whoever made that decision."There is
    no possible way you can say that a left fielder jumping backwards into a wall is
    guaranteed to make a catch.It changed the whole f--king game. We're up 2-1 at
    the time, I'm at third base. We need a fly ball to the outfield to get me in,
    and it's 3-1. It's f--king horrible."The Astros did not score a run in the
    sixth, and they went on to lose after a walk-off home run by Rockies outfielder
    Charlie Blackmon.Although there is no guarantee Parra would have made the catch,
    he said this after the game:"It almost hit me in the face. I thought, 'What
    happened? At the last second the ball moved.' I never saw the fan touch the ball
    until I saw the replay, but I feel I would have had that ball."Theofficial MLB
    rulestates that a batter will be called out if fan interference "clearly
    prevents a fielder from catching a fly ball."The 24-year-old Bregman has come
    into his own this season with a .282 batting average, 21 home runs and 68 RBI.He
    was also named the 2018 All-Star Game MVP by virtue of hisgame-winning homerin
    extra innings for the American League.Despite Wednesday's controversial loss,
    the Astros are sitting pretty with a five-game lead over the Seattle Mariners in
    the AL West.The win was huge for Colorado since it trails the Los Angeles
    Dodgers by 1.5 games in the NL West and the the Atlanta Braves by 1.5 games for
    the National League's second wild-card spot.