Giants rally to beat rival Dodgers 4-2 in series opener

LOS ANGELES (AP) Every game to begin the season has been a close call for the San Francisco Giants.

After a rough start in San Diego - where they dropped three of four - they eked out a 4-2 victory over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.

Four of the Giants' first five games have been decided by two runs or fewer; last season, they had the most such games in the majors like that.

''We had a tough weekend in San Diego and tonight we got good pitching, good defense, and timely hitting,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. ''We're going to have a lot of close games and we have to play like this to win.''

Brandon Belt hit a go-ahead, two-run double off Scott Alexander in the seventh inning to propel the Giants. He homered on the first pitch from struggling reliever Joe Kelly leading off the sixth that left San Francisco trailing 2-1.

''Home runs aren't my focus but anytime you get a good pitch to hit and get good wood on it, it feels good,'' he said.

Pinch-hitter Yangervis Solarte reached on an infield single to third leading off the seventh. Two outs later, Solarte scored on Pablo Sandoval's single that took one bounce off the mound and sailed into center field. Fans lustily booed Kelly (0-1).

Steven Duggar followed with a double to center, and boos again rang in Kelly's ears as he walked to the dugout after being removed.

''That's nothing,'' said Kelly, a World Series winner last year with the Boston Red Sox. ''I played in a place where it's a lot worse.''

Trailing 4-2 in the ninth, Dodgers pinch-hitter Max Muncy walked. But Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor struck out to end the game, wasting a stellar start from young left-hander Julio Urias.

''He was fantastic,'' raved Dodgers manager Dave Roberts about Urias. ''He had command of all his pitches, got ahead of guys. It was fun to watch.''

Trevor Gott (1-0) earned the victory and Will Smith recorded his second save.

Kelly has proven disappointing in his first two outings. He signed a $25 million, three-year deal to come over from the Red Sox in December after not allowing a run in five World Series appearances against the Dodgers last fall.

The right-hander gave up three hits, two earned runs, and a walk in 1 1/3 innings against Arizona in his debut Friday.

''Two really, really horse crap outings, results-wise,'' Kelly said. ''The key for me is pitching with the proper mechanics, which I think is there. Everything is coming out crisp. The results will come.''

Giants third baseman Evan Longoria went 0 for 4 with a strikeout in his return after a sore left calf kept him out Sunday against San Diego.

Taylor and pinch-hitter Alex Verdugo homered in the fifth to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Their power surge carried over from a season-opening series against Arizona in which they smashed 14 homers.

The Dodgers were limited to a trio of singles over the first four innings before Taylor and Verdugo homered off Drew Pomeranz in his Giants' debut to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.

For Taylor, it was his first hit of the season after going 0 for 9 against the Diamondbacks.

One out later, Verdugo stroked his second career pinch-hit homer into center field. He came in for Urias, who made his first start in nearly two years with Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill on the injured list.

Urias allowed three hits over five innings and struck out seven. The 22-year-old spent most of last season recovering from left shoulder surgery.

''I felt really confident and comfortable,'' Urias said through a translator. ''Everything was working really well.''

Pomeranz gave up two runs and six hits in five innings. The left-hander struck out six and walked one while falling to 1-5 in eight career appearances against the Dodgers. He faced them for the first time since 2016.

''I was amped up when the game started and was throwing hard,'' he said. ''I was excited to be out there. I was maybe a little too pumped up because my pitches were missing a little bit early on but I settled myself down.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: Kershaw (shoulder inflammation) will make a minor league rehab start in Oklahoma City on Thursday. After that, the left-hander and the team will decide whether he needs one more start before returning to the majors.

HOMER HAPPY

The Dodgers have homered in all five games to start the season, the first time they've done so since 2003.

UP NEXT

Madison Bumgarner (0-1, 2.57 ERA) takes the mound for the Giants against fellow lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-0, 1.50) in the middle game of the series.

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  • W: T. Gott (1-0)L: J. Kelly (0-1)S: W. Smith (2)
  • HR: SF - B. Belt (1), LAD - C. Taylor (1), A. Verdugo (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Longoria 3B40000011.267.313.467.779-0.5
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B. Crawford SS40100020.250.250.375.6251.0
C. Joe LF20000001.000.091.000.0910.0
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J. Panik 2B30100002.214.313.286.5983.0
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  • a-singled for Joe in the 7th
  • b-singled for Gott in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Hernandez 2B40200010.375.450.7501.2001.5
J. Turner 3B30100112.278.435.278.7131.5
C. Seager SS40000023.167.250.333.583-1.0
A. Pollock CF40000001.333.417.571.9880.0
D. Freese 1B20000010.125.300.125.425-0.5
a- M. Muncy PH-1B10000100.125.250.313.5631.0
C. Bellinger RF40100011.458.480.9581.4380.5
C. Taylor LF41211011.154.313.385.6976.5
A. Barnes C30000002.455.5381.0001.5380.0
J. Urias P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
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J. Kelly P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Alexander P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Floro P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-flied out for Freese in the 6th
  • b-homered for Urias in the 5th
  • c-flied out for Floro in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Duggar (2), B. Belt, B. Crawford (2), J. Panik
  • HR - B. Belt
  • RBI - B. Belt 3 (3), P. Sandoval (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Belt 2 (2), P. Sandoval (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Duggar 2 (2), B. Belt 2 (2), E. Longoria, C. Joe
BATTING
  • HR - C. Taylor, A. Verdugo
  • RBI - C. Taylor, A. Verdugo (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Seager 2 (2), A. Pollock, C. Taylor
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Longoria-Panik-Belt; Panik-Crawford-Belt)
FIELDING
  • E - C. Bellinger
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Pomeranz5.06221623.601.409.0
T. Gott (W, 1-0)1.00000003.381.8810.0
M. Melancon (H, 1)1.00000000.000.503.0
T. Watson (H, 2)1.01000000.001.502.0
W. Smith (S, 2)1.00001200.000.5010.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Pomeranz5.0
T. Gott (W, 1-0)1.0
M. Melancon (H, 1)1.0
T. Watson (H, 2)1.0
W. Smith (S, 2)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Urias5.03000700.000.6015.5
J. Kelly (L, 0-1) (BS, 2)1.244402118.002.67-9.0
S. Alexander0.01000000.000.60-1.0
D. Floro0.10000000.001.500.0
P. Baez2.01000209.821.366.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Urias5.0
J. Kelly (L, 0-1) (BS, 2)1.2
S. Alexander0.0
D. Floro0.1
P. Baez2.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 90-57, T. Gott 11-8, M. Melancon 12-8, T. Watson 7-6, W. Smith 16-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 6-2, T. Gott 2-1, M. Melancon 1-2, T. Watson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 21, T. Gott 3, M. Melancon 3, T. Watson 3, W. Smith 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Urias
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Urias 77-51, J. Kelly 37-28, S. Alexander 4-2, D. Floro 5-2, P. Baez 22-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Urias 4-4, J. Kelly 3-0, P. Baez 1-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Urias 19, J. Kelly 9, S. Alexander, D. Floro, P. Baez 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Duggar CF51200022.250.318.350.6683.0
B. Belt 1B41231012.200.294.467.7619.5
E. Longoria 3B40000011.267.313.467.779-0.5
B. Posey C40000010.133.188.200.388-0.5
B. Crawford SS40100020.250.250.375.6251.0
C. Joe LF20000001.000.091.000.0910.0
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J. Panik 2B30100002.214.313.286.5983.0
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T. Gott P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-singled for Joe in the 7th
  • b-singled for Gott in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Hernandez 2B40200010.375.450.7501.2001.5
J. Turner 3B30100112.278.435.278.7131.5
C. Seager SS40000023.167.250.333.583-1.0
A. Pollock CF40000001.333.417.571.9880.0
D. Freese 1B20000010.125.300.125.425-0.5
a- M. Muncy PH-1B10000100.125.250.313.5631.0
C. Bellinger RF40100011.458.480.9581.4380.5
C. Taylor LF41211011.154.313.385.6976.5
A. Barnes C30000002.455.5381.0001.5380.0
J. Urias P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
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P. Baez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Freese in the 6th
  • b-homered for Urias in the 5th
  • c-flied out for Floro in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Duggar (2), B. Belt, B. Crawford (2), J. Panik
  • HR - B. Belt
  • RBI - B. Belt 3 (3), P. Sandoval (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Belt 2 (2), P. Sandoval (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Duggar 2 (2), B. Belt 2 (2), E. Longoria, C. Joe
BATTING
  • HR - C. Taylor, A. Verdugo
  • RBI - C. Taylor, A. Verdugo (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Seager 2 (2), A. Pollock, C. Taylor
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Longoria-Panik-Belt; Panik-Crawford-Belt)
FIELDING
  • E - C. Bellinger
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Pomeranz5.06221623.601.409.0
T. Gott (W, 1-0)1.00000003.381.8810.0
M. Melancon (H, 1)1.00000000.000.503.0
T. Watson (H, 2)1.01000000.001.502.0
W. Smith (S, 2)1.00001200.000.5010.0
Total9.0722282---
PITCHERSIP
D. Pomeranz5.0
T. Gott (W, 1-0)1.0
M. Melancon (H, 1)1.0
T. Watson (H, 2)1.0
W. Smith (S, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Urias5.03000700.000.6015.5
J. Kelly (L, 0-1) (BS, 2)1.244402118.002.67-9.0
S. Alexander0.01000000.000.60-1.0
D. Floro0.10000000.001.500.0
P. Baez2.01000209.821.366.0
Total9.09440111---
PITCHERSIP
J. Urias5.0
J. Kelly (L, 0-1) (BS, 2)1.2
S. Alexander0.0
D. Floro0.1
P. Baez2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 90-57, T. Gott 11-8, M. Melancon 12-8, T. Watson 7-6, W. Smith 16-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 6-2, T. Gott 2-1, M. Melancon 1-2, T. Watson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 21, T. Gott 3, M. Melancon 3, T. Watson 3, W. Smith 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Urias
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Urias 77-51, J. Kelly 37-28, S. Alexander 4-2, D. Floro 5-2, P. Baez 22-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Urias 4-4, J. Kelly 3-0, P. Baez 1-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Urias 19, J. Kelly 9, S. Alexander, D. Floro, P. Baez 7
  • 7TH INNING
    Belt doubled to deep right center, Sandoval and Duggar scored42
    Sandoval singled to center, Solarte scored22
  • 6TH INNING
    Belt homered to left center12
  • 5TH INNING
    Verdugo homered to center02
    Taylor homered to left01
  • 9TH INNING
    • P. Baez Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Foul, Ball, Ball, Parra singled to deep right, Parra to second on right fielder Bellinger fielding error
    • J. Panik: Ball, Panik flied out to deep right, Parra to third
    • M. Reed: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reed struck out swinging
    • S. Duggar: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Duggar grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • Will Smith relieved Tony Watson
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Ball, Pollock flied out to right
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Muncy walked
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bellinger struck out looking
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Pedro Baez pitching
    • B. Posey: Ball, Foul, Posey flied out to shallow right
    • B. Crawford: Crawford fouled out to shortstop
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Solarte struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Michael Reed in left field
    • Tony Watson pitching
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez singled to left center
    • J. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Turner grounded out to shortstop, Hernandez out at second
    • C. Seager: Seager lined out to first
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Yangervis Solarte hit for Connor Joe
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Solarte singled to left
    • G. Parra: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Parra grounded out to first, Solarte to second
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Strike looking, Panik grounded out to pitcher, Solarte to third
    • Pablo Sandoval hit for Trevor Gott
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Sandoval singled to center, Solarte scored
    • S. Duggar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duggar doubled to deep right center, Sandoval to third
    • Scott Alexander relieved Joe Kelly
    • B. Belt: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Belt doubled to deep right center, Sandoval and Duggar scored
    • Dylan Floro relieved Scott Alexander
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Longoria flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Mark Melancon pitching
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Taylor grounded out to second
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Barnes flied out to right
    • Joc Pederson hit for Dylan Floro
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pederson flied out to deep center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Joe Kelly pitching
    • B. Belt: Belt homered to left center
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Longoria grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Posey: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Posey struck out swinging
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Trevor Gott relieved Drew Pomeranz
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pollock grounded out to third
    • Max Muncy hit for David Freese
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Muncy flied out to center
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Bellinger grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Urias Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Ball, Foul, Parra grounded out to second
    • J. Panik: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Panik doubled to deep right center
    • D. Pomeranz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pomeranz struck out swinging
    • S. Duggar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duggar struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Taylor homered to left
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Barnes grounded out to second
    • Alex Verdugo hit for Julio Urias
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Verdugo homered to center
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez singled to center
    • J. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Turner struck out looking
    • C. Seager: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Urias Pitching:
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Longoria struck out looking
    • B. Posey: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Posey grounded out to pitcher
    • B. Crawford: Strike swinging, Ball, Crawford doubled to deep right
    • C. Joe: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Joe grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
    • A. Pollock: Foul, Ball, Pollock grounded out to first
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Freese grounded out to pitcher
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Bellinger lined out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Urias Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Panik hit by pitch
    • D. Pomeranz: Pomeranz popped bunt out to pitcher
    • S. Duggar: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Duggar singled to left, Panik to second
    • B. Belt: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Belt struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
    • J. Urias: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Urias struck out looking
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Turner singled to center
    • C. Seager: Seager flied out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Urias Pitching:
    • B. Posey: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Posey lined out to center
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • C. Joe: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Joe grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Bellinger singled to right
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Taylor reached on an infield single to pitcher, Bellinger to second
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Barnes grounded out to second, Taylor out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Urias Pitching:
    • S. Duggar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duggar struck out swinging
    • B. Belt: Strike swinging, Belt flied out to right
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Longoria popped out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez grounded out to first
    • J. Turner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Turner walked
    • C. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Seager struck out looking
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pollock grounded into fielder's choice to third, Turner out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)