Giants welcome Dodgers, then bury them
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May 16, 2017 - 2:45am
The new and improved Giants got the breaks and the hits Monday night, along with another fine Matt Cain outing, and that was the formula for an 8-4 victory in their series opener against the Dodgers.
Cain lasted 62/3 innings, throwing a season-high 112 pitches, Buster Posey hit another home run and newcomer Mac Williamson went 2-for-4 in his 2017 debut after taking the roster spot of Hunter Pence, whose hamstring strain sent him to the disabled list.
Not long ago the undisputed worst team in the majors — the standings said so — the Giants have won five of six games and are becoming who they thought they were: a team that combines good pitching, good hitting and good fielding.
On the day of Cain’s previous start, the Giants started this mini-streak by rallying for a 6-5 victory in New York highlighted by Christian Arroyo’s bases-loaded double.
After the shortstop doubled off first baseman Chase Utley’s mitt to score Brandon Belt and move Posey to third, Eduardo Nuñez hit a slow roller up the middle, splitting shortstop Corey Seager and second baseman Chris Taylor.
Williamson hit an RBI single in the sixth and the Giants added two more on a Posey homer and Nuñez RBI double in the seventh.
The Giants carried a seven-run lead into the ninth before the Dodgers scored three times off three relievers on Taylor’s RBI double, Franklin Gutierrez’s RBI single and Derek Law’s wild pitch.
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