Darvish, Bellinger combine to lead Dodgers past Giants 4-1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Yu Darvish declined to say what exactly he did to get his pitching mechanics back in rhythm. The right-hander would only acknowledge that he quit focusing on so many things and kept his approach simple.

Whatever it was, it worked out very well for the Dodgers.

Darvish and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, Cody Bellinger hit his 37th home run and Los Angeles won back-to-back games for the first time in nearly three weeks, beating the San Francisco Giants 4-1 on Wednesday night.

The win lowered the Dodgers' magic number to seven for clinching the NL West crown. Los Angeles secured at least a wild-card berth in the playoffs Tuesday night with a victory that ended its 11-game losing streak, the club's longest since moving to the West Coast in 1958.

''Yu needed it,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. ''It seemed like he was on the attack, going after guys. His tempo was good. I thought he was in control the entire game. He was outstanding.''

Darvish, acquired from Texas at the July 31 trade deadline, was 2-3 with a 5.34 ERA in six previous starts with Los Angeles but was crisp in his first career outing against San Francisco. The four-time All-Star pitched three-hit ball over seven innings, struck out five and allowed only three runners while facing one batter more than the minimum.

It came one day after Darvish's realization that he didn't need to worry about trying to fix too much. That simplified approach worked, although Darvish (9-12) wasn't saying what specifically he focused on.

''It's a secret,'' he said through a translator. ''If I say it here, everybody's going to start doing it. It's not going to work, so I cannot say. I thought if I just focus on that thing that I was focusing on today, I wasn't able to think about other stuff.''

Brandon Morrow pitched the eighth and Walker Buehler allowed a run in the ninth before striking out Denard Span to end it.

Ten days after breaking Mike Piazza's franchise rookie record for home runs, Bellinger tied Al Rosen (1950) and Albert Pujols (2001) for fifth-most by a rookie in major league history with a two-run drive into McCovey Cove in the fifth inning.

Bellinger's home run on a 2-0 pitch from Matt Moore put the Dodgers up 4-0 and helped Darvish get his own season back on track after three consecutive losses.

It's the Dodgers' first series win in San Francisco since September 2014. They needed it, too, after a two-week funk that included a stunning 16 losses in 17 games by the team with the best record in the majors (94-52).

''We're still not out of the woods,'' Roberts said. ''We're still trying to consistently put some games together. Yesterday there was a little bit of sense of urgency, but I thought we followed up tonight with some energy.''

Los Angeles gets an off day Thursday before opening a three-game series in Washington against the NL East-leading Nationals, who have the second-best record in the NL.

Moore (5-14) allowed four runs with five strikeouts and three walks.

''There's not very much that feels good about what went on tonight,'' Moore said. ''Regardless of what's going on in the season, we've got to be better than that.''

DE-FENSE!

The Dodgers made several big plays in the field. Darvish started a double play in the first inning, and Kike Hernandez sprinted in from left field to catch Buster Posey's fly ball and then threw on the run to first base to double up Jarrett Parker to end the seventh. Third baseman Justin Turner also made a sliding catch of Posey's popup behind the mound in the eighth.

''Just to get the momentum going for Yu, to get that first inning to be a clean inning, that was huge for his confidence,'' Roberts said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: Pablo Sandoval started at third base and committed an error after Ryder Jones was scratched late because of an illness. Jones struck out swinging as a pinch-hitter in the sixth.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: LHP Alex Wood (14-3, 2.81 ERA) pitches against the Nationals for the first time since 2015 when the teams begin a three-game series in Washington on Friday.

Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija (9-13, 4.47) faces Arizona on Friday in the opener of a three-game series. Samardzija is 3-3 in his career against the Diamondbacks but has lost to them twice this year.

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GiantsSF57-91
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  • W: Y. Darvish (9-12)L: M. Moore (5-14)
  • HR: LAD - C. Bellinger (37)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Taylor CF50000002.296.361.506.8672.0
C. Seager SS41100013.305.385.489.8742.5
J. Turner 3B31100102.326.419.536.9545.0
C. Bellinger 1B42231114.272.355.603.95912.5
L. Forsythe 2B30110120.228.357.323.6803.0
A. Barnes C20000201.294.413.471.8842.0
E. Hernandez LF40000023.210.298.416.714-1.0
Y. Puig RF40200011.262.347.485.8324.5
Y. Darvish P20000021.071.071.071.143-1.0
a- A. Ethier PH10000010.267.313.467.779-0.5
B. Morrow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Buehler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Darvish in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
H. Pence RF41200010.258.312.374.6862.5
J. Parker LF40210001.250.293.439.7323.0
D. Span CF40000013.269.327.431.758-0.5
B. Posey 1B30000001.318.403.461.8640.0
B. Crawford SS30000010.245.295.397.693-0.5
N. Hundley C30100010.257.280.443.7230.5
P. Sandoval 3B30000021.194.247.304.551-1.0
K. Tomlinson 2B30000000.269.350.326.6760.0
M. Moore P10000000.130.149.130.2790.0
K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- R. Jones PH10000010.183.263.308.571-0.5
C. Gearrin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Moronta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Strickland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Panik PH10000000.285.346.421.7670.0
  • a-struck out for Crick in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Strickland in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Seager (32), J. Turner (31), L. Forsythe (16), Y. Puig (23)
  • 3B - C. Bellinger (4)
  • HR - C. Bellinger (37)
  • SH - Y. Darvish
  • RBI - C. Bellinger 3 (86), L. Forsythe (31)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Bellinger (26), L. Forsythe (13)
BATTING
  • RBI - J. Parker (20)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Parker (12)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Taylor (16), Y. Puig (14)
  • CS - C. Seager (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - E. Hernandez (5)
  • DP - L. Forsythe, E. Hernandez, C. Seager, Y. Darvish, J. Turner, C. Bellinger
FIELDING
  • DP - B. Crawford, B. Posey
  • E - P. Sandoval (8)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Darvish (W, 9-12)7.03000504.081.2030.5
B. Morrow1.00000102.310.903.5
W. Buehler1.021101013.502.100.5
PITCHERSIP
Y. Darvish (W, 9-12)7.0
B. Morrow1.0
W. Buehler1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Moore (L, 5-14)4.16443515.391.50-3.5
K. Crick1.20000303.341.254.5
C. Gearrin1.00001002.141.302.0
R. Moronta1.00000202.451.644.0
H. Strickland1.01001002.801.501.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Moore (L, 5-14)4.1
K. Crick1.2
C. Gearrin1.0
R. Moronta1.0
H. Strickland1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 87-59, B. Morrow 10-8, W. Buehler 21-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 6-8, W. Buehler 2-0
  • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 22, B. Morrow 3, W. Buehler 5
PITCHING
  • IBB - H. Strickland (4)
  • HBP - M. Moore (7), C. Gearrin (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Moore 91-55, K. Crick 19-13, C. Gearrin 17-9, R. Moronta 10-9, H. Strickland 16-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Moore 4-5, K. Crick 1-1, C. Gearrin 2-0, R. Moronta 1-0, H. Strickland 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Moore 24, K. Crick 5, C. Gearrin 4, R. Moronta 3, H. Strickland 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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GiantsSF57-91
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Taylor CF50000002.296.361.506.8672.0
C. Seager SS41100013.305.385.489.8742.5
J. Turner 3B31100102.326.419.536.9545.0
C. Bellinger 1B42231114.272.355.603.95912.5
L. Forsythe 2B30110120.228.357.323.6803.0
A. Barnes C20000201.294.413.471.8842.0
E. Hernandez LF40000023.210.298.416.714-1.0
Y. Puig RF40200011.262.347.485.8324.5
Y. Darvish P20000021.071.071.071.143-1.0
a- A. Ethier PH10000010.267.313.467.779-0.5
B. Morrow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Buehler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Darvish in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
H. Pence RF41200010.258.312.374.6862.5
J. Parker LF40210001.250.293.439.7323.0
D. Span CF40000013.269.327.431.758-0.5
B. Posey 1B30000001.318.403.461.8640.0
B. Crawford SS30000010.245.295.397.693-0.5
N. Hundley C30100010.257.280.443.7230.5
P. Sandoval 3B30000021.194.247.304.551-1.0
K. Tomlinson 2B30000000.269.350.326.6760.0
M. Moore P10000000.130.149.130.2790.0
K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- R. Jones PH10000010.183.263.308.571-0.5
C. Gearrin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Moronta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Strickland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Panik PH10000000.285.346.421.7670.0
Total301510076-----
  • a-struck out for Crick in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Strickland in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Seager (32), J. Turner (31), L. Forsythe (16), Y. Puig (23)
  • 3B - C. Bellinger (4)
  • HR - C. Bellinger (37)
  • SH - Y. Darvish
  • RBI - C. Bellinger 3 (86), L. Forsythe (31)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Bellinger (26), L. Forsythe (13)
BATTING
  • RBI - J. Parker (20)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Parker (12)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Taylor (16), Y. Puig (14)
  • CS - C. Seager (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - E. Hernandez (5)
  • DP - L. Forsythe, E. Hernandez, C. Seager, Y. Darvish, J. Turner, C. Bellinger
FIELDING
  • DP - B. Crawford, B. Posey
  • E - P. Sandoval (8)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Darvish (W, 9-12)7.03000504.081.2030.5
B. Morrow1.00000102.310.903.5
W. Buehler1.021101013.502.100.5
Total9.0511070---
PITCHERSIP
Y. Darvish (W, 9-12)7.0
B. Morrow1.0
W. Buehler1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Moore (L, 5-14)4.16443515.391.50-3.5
K. Crick1.20000303.341.254.5
C. Gearrin1.00001002.141.302.0
R. Moronta1.00000202.451.644.0
H. Strickland1.01001002.801.501.0
Total9.07445101---
PITCHERSIP
M. Moore (L, 5-14)4.1
K. Crick1.2
C. Gearrin1.0
R. Moronta1.0
H. Strickland1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 87-59, B. Morrow 10-8, W. Buehler 21-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 6-8, W. Buehler 2-0
  • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 22, B. Morrow 3, W. Buehler 5
PITCHING
  • IBB - H. Strickland (4)
  • HBP - M. Moore (7), C. Gearrin (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Moore 91-55, K. Crick 19-13, C. Gearrin 17-9, R. Moronta 10-9, H. Strickland 16-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Moore 4-5, K. Crick 1-1, C. Gearrin 2-0, R. Moronta 1-0, H. Strickland 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Moore 24, K. Crick 5, C. Gearrin 4, R. Moronta 3, H. Strickland 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Parker singled to left, Pence scored41
  • 5TH INNING
    Bellinger homered to right, Turner scored40
  • 1ST INNING
    Forsythe doubled to left center, Bellinger scored20
    Bellinger tripled to deep right center, Seager scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Hunter Strickland relieved Reyes Moronta
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Taylor flied out to shallow center
    • C. Seager: Seager doubled to deep center
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Turner grounded out to shortstop, Seager to third
    • C. Bellinger: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bellinger intentionally walked
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Seager caught stealing, catcher to second to catcher
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Walker Buehler relieved Brandon Morrow
    • K. Tomlinson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Tomlinson grounded out to second
    • Joe Panik hit for Hunter Strickland
    • J. Panik: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Panik grounded out to second
    • H. Pence: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pence reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • J. Parker: Strike looking, Pence to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Parker singled to left, Pence scored
    • D. Span: Strike looking, Parker to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Span struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Reyes Moronta relieved Cory Gearrin
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • Y. Puig: Puig grounded out to second
    • Andre Ethier hit for Yu Darvish
    • A. Ethier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Ethier struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brandon Morrow pitching
    • B. Crawford: Strike swinging, Foul, Crawford popped out to third
    • N. Hundley: Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Hundley struck out on foul tip
    • P. Sandoval: Ball, Foul, Ball, Sandoval flied out to deep center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Cory Gearrin pitching
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner hit by pitch
    • C. Bellinger: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Bellinger grounded into double play shortstop to first, Turner out at second
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Forsythe walked
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Barnes grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • J. Parker: Ball, Parker singled to shallow right center
    • D. Span: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Span flied out to center
    • B. Posey: Posey flied into double play left to first, Parker out at first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • K. Crick Pitching:
    • Y. Darvish: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Darvish struck out looking
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Taylor flied out to shallow center
    • C. Seager: Ball, Seager grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • K. Tomlinson: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Tomlinson flied out to left
    • Ryder Jones hit for Kyle Crick
    • R. Jones: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
    • H. Pence: Ball, Pence lined out to right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Moore Pitching:
    • J. Turner: Ball, Ball, Turner doubled to deep left
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Bellinger homered to right, Turner scored
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Barnes walked
    • Kyle Crick relieved Matt Moore
    • E. Hernandez: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Crawford lined out to first
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hundley fouled out to right
    • P. Sandoval: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sandoval struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Moore Pitching:
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Ball, Puig doubled to deep left
    • Y. Darvish: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Puig to third on wild pitch
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Taylor reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Puig out at home
    • C. Seager: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Seager lined out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • J. Parker: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Parker lined out to right
    • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Span grounded out to second
    • B. Posey: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Posey grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Moore Pitching:
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Barnes grounded out to third
    • E. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • K. Tomlinson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Tomlinson grounded out to second
    • M. Moore: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Moore grounded out to second
    • H. Pence: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pence struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Moore Pitching:
    • Y. Puig: Foul, Puig safe at first on right fielder Pence fielding error
    • Y. Darvish: Darvish hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Puig to second
    • C. Taylor: Taylor safe at first on 3rd baseman Sandoval fielding error
    • C. Seager: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Puig stole third Taylor to second, Foul, Strike looking, Seager struck out looking
    • J. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner walked
    • C. Bellinger: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bellinger struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 2 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • B. Posey: Ball, Ball, Posey fouled out to first
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Hundley singled to right
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sandoval struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Moore Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Taylor popped out to second
    • C. Seager: Ball, Foul, Ball, Seager hit by pitch
    • J. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Turner flied out to deep center, Seager to second
    • C. Bellinger: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bellinger tripled to deep right center, Seager scored
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Forsythe doubled to left center, Bellinger scored
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Barnes walked
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Hernandez lined out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Darvish Pitching:
    • H. Pence: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Pence singled to shallow center
    • J. Parker: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Parker grounded out to second, Pence to second
    • D. Span: Strike looking, Span hit into double play pitcher to shortstop to third to second, Pence out at third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)