SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants’ second walk-off win in two days clinched their first sweep of the Dodgers in nearly two years.
Angel Pagan led off the bottom of the 10th with a single, stole second, and after a Brandon Belt walk, scored on Justin Maxwell’s single down the third-base line, giving the Giants a 3-2 win. The Giants had lost nine of 10 when they hit Monday’s day off. They bounced back by outplaying a Dodgers team that’s heavily favored to win the division.
Spot starter Ryan Vogelsong mostly had a strong outing, but paid for a pair of pitches left over the plate. He grooved a changeup in the second inning and Alex Guerrero hit it out to left-center. An inning later, Adrian Gonzalez crushed a fastball over the fence in straightaway center.
The Giants got one run back in the sixth and then loaded the bases on a single and two walks in the bottom of the eighth. Maxwell smoked a Joel Peralta pitch up the middle, but second baseman Howie Kendrick was positioned perfectly and made a diving catch to save at least one run.
For all the injuries the Giants have had to push through, it was a Dodgers injury that had the biggest impact in the late innings Thursday. With lockdown closer Kenley Jansen on the disabled list, the Giants jumped on closer-for-the-day Pedro Baez.
Casey McGehee started the bottom of the ninth with a single to right and gave way to pinch-runner Matt Duffy. The burner scored easily when Brandon Crawford crushed a triple to right-center. As AT&T Park shook, Baez settled down and got out of the jam.
Santiago Casilla loaded the bases in the top of the 10th, but struck out Gonzalez to keep the Dodgers off the scoreboard.
The sweep was the Giants’ first over the Dodgers since May 3-5, 2013.
Starting pitching report: Vogelsong only gave up three hits, but two of the carried over the wall. Starting in place of Jake Peavy, he gave up a pair of solo homers, but otherwise allowed just three baserunners in his six innings. He struck out five. It may be a while before the Giants get either Matt Cain or Peavy back, and Vogelsong certainly did enough to earn another look in the rotation.
Bullpen report: The most important bullpen note today is that Yusmeiro Petit was not used in the game ahead of three in Denver. The Giants had anticipated carrying 13 pitchers through this upcoming trip, but they’re down to 12. Still, Bochy said he thinks he’ll be able to get through three games at Coors Field. “If not, we’ll make the adjustment,” he said. “That’s one place you probably stay with your starter a little bit longer.”
At the plate: The Giants stirred in the sixth inning when Joe Panik drew a one-out walk and Angel Pagan poked a single to center. Buster Posey struck out looking, but Brandon Belt drove in a run with a single. The rally came to a quick end when Chris Hatcher struck out Maxwell with a series of nasty changeups.
In the field: The Giants did not commit an error.
Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,240. Bryan Stow received a nice ovation when he was shown on the scoreboard in the seventh inning.
Up next: It’s stat-padding time for Giants hitters! (Sorry, Giants pitchers). The team heads to Coors for three with the Rockies. The Giants will throw Chris Heston and the Tims, and the Rockies counter with Eddie Butler, Jorge De La Rosa and Tyler Matzek.