Longoria’s three-run double rallies Giants past Dodgers
The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — Evan Longoria’s most significant hit with the Giants was more than a year in the making. Given the situation, the timing couldn’t have been much better.
Longoria hit a three-run double in the seventh inning to rally San Francisco past Los Angeles 3-2 on Monday, ending the Dodgers’ four-game win streak despite two more hits from Cody Bellinger.
Joe Panik and Yangervis Solarte had two hits apiece for the Giants. San Francisco had lost seven of 10, including a series sweep by the New York Yankees last weekend.
“I’ve been waiting for that hit in a Giants uniform for a long time,” said Longoria, traded from Tampa Bay to San Francisco before last season. “The rivalry is a big deal, so it’s a big situation there. For me and for this team, every one right now is big. We have a lot of work to do.”
The Giants were shut out through six innings and stranded three runners in scoring position before nearly batting around in the seventh.
Panik singled off Ross Stripling (1-2) with one out and moved to third on Solarte’s double. After Stripling walked Brandon Belt to load the bases, Buster Posey struck out swinging against Dylan Floro. Longoria, who flied out as a pinch hitter in the sixth, then lashed a 2-1 pitch from Floro down the left-field line to clear the bases.
“It did a lot for me, did a lot for the club and I’m sure for Longo. Great at-bat there,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “We needed a big hit in that game. It was good to have somebody deliver for us in a big way.”
Bochy brought in Longoria sooner than he anticipated because Pablo Sandoval had swelling in his right knee and could not swing right-handed.
“It worked out well,” Bochy said. “Longo comes in and gets a big hit for us.”
Sam Dyson (1-0) retired five batters to earn the win. Will Smith pitched the ninth for his seventh save in seven chances.
Bellinger stayed hot with two hits, a walk and an RBI, his 37th of the season — a major league record before May 1. That raised his batting average to a big league-best .434. The right fielder also threw out Brandon Crawford trying to go from first to third on Kevin Pillar’s single in the second.
Max Muncy had an RBI double for the Dodgers. Joc Pederson scored on Bellinger’s single.
Stripling took the loss in his first relief appearance this season after six starts.
“The guys put really 8 1/2 good innings of baseball together besides when I was on the field,” Stripling said. “Obviously, everything gets magnified out of the bullpen. Just kind of a tough first one. Hopefully it can only go up from here.”