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Puig, Dodgers go triple-crazy, beat Giants 8-1


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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Yasiel Puig was excited for his first start of the season in center field because it gave him more room to run and show off his unbelievable athleticism.

Instead, Puig's performance will be remembered for what he did with his bat and on the bases.

Puig tied a franchise record with three triples and added a double and two RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers moved within a half-game of NL West-leading San Francisco by beating the Giants 8-1 on Friday night.

''I'm tired,'' Puig said, shaking his head after sitting in the training room for more than 30 minutes wrapped in ice packs. ''I was just trying to hit the ball where nobody was.''

The Dodgers matched a club record with five triples, including three during a five-run fifth inning that chased Tim Lincecum (9-7). It was the most triples in a game for the franchise since 1921 and most by a Dodgers player since Brooklyn's Jimmy Sheckard had three in 1901.

''That's crazy. I've never seen anything like that,'' said Matt Kemp, who had three hits - including a triple - after shifting from center to right field.

Zack Greinke (12-6) tossed seven innings of four-hit ball, striking out 10 and walking one. Tyler Colvin hit an RBI single in the ninth for San Francisco's only run.

Greinke recorded another rare feat on a night full of them: he struck out four batters in the third inning after a wild pitch allowed Hunter Pence to reach base on a swinging strike three.

Even with all of Greinke's greatness, the game belonged to Puig and the triple-crazed hitters in blue.

The performances at the plate came after Dodgers manager Don Mattingly shook up his crowded outfield, putting Puig in center, Kemp in right, and Carl Crawford in left.

Puig got things going with a hard-hit fly ball to center with one out in the first inning, flipping his bat as he sprinted out of the box. Two fans - one wearing a Giants jersey, the other in a Dodgers uniform - battled for the ball as it approached the wall, knocking it back on the field.

Puig hustled to third, and umpires kept him there following a video review. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a sharp single to right to score Puig and give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead.

The Dodgers did most of their damage in a wild fifth. Puig and Dee Gordon hit back-to-back RBI triples, and Kemp had a two-run triple as the Dodgers scored five runs in the inning.

''I got away from my plan. I didn't throw as many breaking balls and sliders as I wanted to. I think those have been kind of the equalizer for me in keeping guys honest,'' Lincecum said.

Puig added his third triple to right-center off Juan Gutierrez in the sixth to extend the Dodgers' lead to 7-0. He thought he had another extra-base hit when he flied out to deep center in the eighth.

The last player with three triples in a game was Denard Span for Minnesota in 2010.

''It was pretty awesome. Hopefully it happens a lot,'' Greinke said.

Lincecum was charged with six runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings. His start came after getting two outs in Tuesday night's 14-inning win in Philadelphia for his first career save.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he didn't expect Lincecum to be tired from the extra appearance because the right-hander usually throws a bullpen session on that day between starts. Either way, it was Lincecum's worst start since he gave up eight runs in 4 1-3 innings at Cincinnati on June 3.

The night was even shorter for his catcher.

Hector Sanchez sustained a concussion after taking a foul tip from Gonzalez off his mask in the third. Sanchez struck out in the bottom of the inning before Buster Posey moved from first to catcher to begin the fourth.

Bochy said the Giants will likely put Sanchez on the concussion list on Saturday and add a player to the roster.

NOTES: Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez returned after missing three games with a left wrist injury. He went 2 for 5 with one RBI. ... The announced crowd of 41,753 was San Francisco's 300th consecutive regular-season sellout. ... Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (11-2, 1.92 ERA) starts opposite Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong (5-7, 3.99 ERA) on Saturday night.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

Y. Puig
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
Los Angeles

Z. Greinke
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 10
 

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Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Dee Gordon, 2B5231010.298.348.409
Yasiel Puig, CF5242001.315.402.543
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4122103.259.324.439
Hanley Ramirez, SS5121023.275.373.462
   Chris Perez, P0000000.000.000.000
   Paul Maholm, P0000000.000.182.000
Carl Crawford, LF5000005.242.279.354
Matt Kemp, RF5032010.273.337.430
Juan Uribe, 3B5000013.297.325.414
A.J. Ellis, C5000011.209.353.259
Zack Greinke, P3110020.154.214.256
   a-Andre Ethier, PH0100100.248.314.374
   Miguel Rojas, SS0000000.210.273.272
Totals42815828    
a-walked for Greinke in the 8th
Batting
2B - Yasiel Puig (28, Lincecum)
3B - Dee Gordon (10, Lincecum), Yasiel Puig 3 (8, Lincecum), Matt Kemp (3, Gutierrez)
RBI - Dee Gordon (26), Yasiel Puig 2 (54), Adrian Gonzalez 2 (67), Hanley Ramirez (50), Matt Kemp 2 (40)
2-OUT RBI - Yasiel Puig (20), Hanley Ramirez (20), Matt Kemp 2 (17)
SB - Dee Gordon (46, 2nd base off Gutierrez/Posey)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Gordon-Gonzalez
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke (W,12-6) 74001100 2.74
Chris Perez 1000000 5.06
Paul Maholm 1311110 4.85
WP - Zack Greinke (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 106-65, Chris Perez 16-9, Paul Maholm 26-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 6-5, Chris Perez 2-1
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 26, Chris Perez 3, Paul Maholm 7
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Hunter Pence, RF4000010.298.354.470
Gregor Blanco, CF4000021.233.313.305
Buster Posey, 1B-C3000110.282.344.433
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3020001.280.329.435
   Joaquin Arias, 3B0100100.181.211.197
Michael Morse, LF-1B3010011.274.325.478
   George Kontos, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Joe Panik, PH1010000.222.275.254
Brandon Crawford, SS4010022.237.323.407
Dan Uggla, 2B2000002.159.238.227
   Juan Gutierrez, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Adam Duvall, PH-1B2000013.212.235.424
Hector Sanchez, C1000010.196.237.301
   Tyler Colvin, LF3021010.231.278.396
Tim Lincecum, P1000010.083.175.083
   Tony Abreu, 2B3000004.000.000.000
Totals34171211    
a-singled for Kontos in the 9th
b-grounded out for Gutierrez in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Tyler Colvin (18)
2-OUT RBI - Tyler Colvin (7)
Team LOB - 8
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Lincecum (L,9-7) 4.1966060 3.96
Juan Gutierrez 2.2411110 2.98
George Kontos 2211110 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 85-58, Juan Gutierrez 48-28, George Kontos 46-30
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 4-3, Juan Gutierrez 1-6, George Kontos 1-4
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 22, Juan Gutierrez 13, George Kontos 9
Game Information
Attendance - 41753
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Adam Hamari, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Paul Schrieber