LOS ANGELES — These Giants have more power than expected, but entering the first game of a three-game set with the Dodgers, they remained the only team in the big leagues without a player with double-digit homers. That changed with one fluid swing from Buster Posey.
Posey’s grand slam paced a 9-5 win at Dodger Stadium that got the Giants within 1 1/2 games in the National League West. The Giants have won eight of 10 against the Dodgers this season.
Mike Bolsinger has been a surprise for the Dodgers, but he worked his way into a mess in the third inning when he walked Angel Pagan with two outs and two on. Bolsinger then threw a smack-me curveball to Posey, who crushed it high and deep to left. The grand slam was Posey’s fourth in the big leagues and his first since last July, when he hit one an inning before a Madison Bumgarner grand slam.
Trailing 4-1, the Dodgers immediately scored a pair to cut the deficit to one. Back-to-back doubles by Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford in the sixth put the Giants up by a pair, and put a stop to “the wave” that was making its way through Dodger Stadium.
The Giants added four more in the seventh, with Matt Duffy’s two-run single breaking the game wide open.
Starting pitching report: Chris Heston went 5 2/3 and was charged with three runs on seven hits. When he got through a scoreless first inning, he stretched the Giants’ shutout streak over the Dodgers to 32 innings, a San Francisco-era record. Heston also had a single at the plate and now has a hit in four of his last six starts.
Bullpen report: There was an odd moment in the sixth inning. With a runner on third and two outs, Heston was pulled after going 1-0 on Andre Ethier. Jeremy Affeldt entered from the visiting bullpen to finish the matchup, and Don Mattingly countered by replacing Ethier with Scott Van Slyke. All of this happened on a 1-0 count. Affeldt got Van Slyke to fly out to center, and then got to bat in the next inning. He struck out.
At the plate: With one out in the top of the second inning, Posey stole second base. Seriously. It was Posey’s seventh career stolen base and his first since Sept. 18, 2013. Posey had only attempted one stolen base since swiping the previous one. Posey had never previously homered and stolen a base in the same MLB game.
In the field: The best play of this game was Joc Pederson’s diving catch in the right-center field gap that saved two runs in what was at the time a two-run game. The kid is going to drive Giants fans nuts for years.
Attendance: The Dodgers announced a sellout crowd of 52,503. Actor Bryan Cranston — best known for his work as Dr. Tim Whatley in “Seinfeld” — sat right behind the Giants dugout.
Up next: More of NotKershawOrGreinke. The Giants face Carlos Frias, a right-hander with good stuff but a 4.14 ERA. Tim Hudson (4-6, 4.65) starts for Bruce Bochy.