Walker Buehler helps Dodgers win an easy one against Giants – San Bernardino Sun

SAN FRANCISCO — Finally … a boat race.

The Dodgers have spent the past week-plus in uncomfortably close quarters. Their previous three games were one-run decisions. Five of their previous seven and six of their previous nine games were decided in the eighth inning or later.

By comparison, Wednesday night’s 8-0 Dodgers victory with Walker Buehler throwing seven scoreless innings on his 27th birthday was a leisurely cruise.

The Dodgers scored four times in the third inning off Giants starter Anthony DeSclafani. That alone was their biggest lead since a 9-2 win in Colorado on July 17.

“That was good,” said AJ Pollock, who had three hits and reached base four times Wednesday. “We’ve played a lot of tight games and to get one like that where you can just relax and cruise a little bit, those are fun.

“Yeah, it’s good to just pile on some runs and make it an easy one.”

The win cut the Giants’ lead over the Dodgers in the NL West to two games with Wednesday afternoon’s series finale the last time the two rivals will see each other until September (and then only three more times).

DeSclafani might want to take that weekend off. The Giants right-hander is having a terrific season – except when he faces the Dodgers.

Four consecutive Dodgers reached base against DeSclafani with one out in the third inning. Chris Taylor walked, Max Muncy singled, Justin Turner drove in a run with a bloop single and Will Smith drove in two with a triple. Two batters later, Pollock drove in another run with an RBI single.

The four runs in the third nearly matched the Dodgers’ total offensive output from their previous three games (five runs).

After DeSclafani walked Matt Beaty, his day was done, failing to get through three innings for the second time in five starts against the Dodgers this year.

In those five starts, the Dodgers have batted .341 (31 for 91) against DeSclafani with 22 runs in 21 innings (a 9.43 ERA). The rest of MLB has hit .179 off DeSclafani and he has a 1.78 ERA in those 16 starts.

“I think like any pitcher if you kind of put pressure on them then good things can happen,” Pollock said.

“When you’re facing top pitchers, you’re just dialing in, trying to make it uncomfortable, doing your best. We’ve done a pretty good job of that. We know that if we can string at-bats together we can get anybody in the league.”

Buehler could have taken that four-run gift – the Dodgers’ biggest single inning since a four-run ninth on July 17 – as his birthday present and headed for the bouncy house.

He didn’t allow a hit until a two-out single by Wilmer Flores in the fourth inning and didn’t allow a Giants runner past first base until a single and a wild pitch on a third strike put two on with two outs in the sixth. Buehler, whose only loss this season came against the Cubs on June 24 when the Dodgers were shut out, improved to 7-0 lifetime against the Giants. In five starts versus San Francisco this season, he is 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA.

“He’s nasty,” Pollock said. “He’s just dialed in. it doesn’t look like a fun at-bat up there for anyone.”

Buehler allowed just three hits while completing seven innings for the ninth time in 21 starts this season. Over his past 10 starts, Buehler is 7-1 with a 1.52 ERA. Batters are hitting just .164 with nearly twice as many strikeouts (69) as hits (37).

“Just trying to mix. Will (Smith) did a really really good job of keeping me on both sides of the plate, moving the ball around. So hats off to him and luckily we made enough good pitches to get out of there pretty clean,” Buehler said.

He did acknowledge incorporating a changeup as “a little bit of a new wrinkle” recently.

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