- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers finally found a way to score against San Francisco pitching after getting blanked in 32 consecutive innings. Mike Bolsinger and the bullpen weren’t able to hold down the Giants’ offense, though.

Bolsinger gave up a grand slam to Buster Posey in the third inning after Yasmani Grandal gave Los Angeles the early lead with an RBI single, and the defending World Series champions won 9-5 Friday night for their eighth victory in 10 meetings this season between the storied rivals.

The loss reduced the Dodgers’ lead over the second-place Giants to 1 1/2 games in the NL West.

“Yeah, we want to beat every team and we want to have a good record against everyone in our division. But all that matters is that at the end of 162 games, we have a better record than them,” said Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, who had two doubles and a solo homer after getting grazed by an 0-2 pitch his first time up.

Bolsinger (4-2) gave up a season-high five runs in 5 1-3 innings, along with eight hits and three walks. Half of the right-hander’s six strikeouts came in the fourth, the only inning in which he did not allow a baserunner.

“We were just able to capitalize after getting a few guys on,” Posey said. “He’s a guy who’s not going to give in. I mean, you saw he threw maybe three breaking balls on 3-0 counts tonight. So you just can’t get too aggressive with a guy like that.”

Posey ended a homerless drought of 46 at-bats. The 2012 NL MVP and league batting champion drove a 2-2 pitch into the Dodgers’ bullpen in left field after singles by Gregor Blanco and Nori Aoki and a two-out walk to Angel Pagan.

“He’s even more difficult when you’ve got bases loaded and you can’t make a mistake,” Bolsinger said. “There’s a reason why he’s one of the best hitters in the league. He’s definitely a tough out, always, in any situation. I think I got a little too lazy on that curveball and basically just kind of served it up there to him.”

Posey’s slam was the first allowed by Bolsinger in 18 big league starts, and the second against the Dodgers this season.

“I was really just trying to stay small there and not try to do too much, especially with two strikes, because you can get in trouble if you do think home run,” said Posey, who stole his first base of the season in the second inning.

Aside from becoming the first Giants catcher to hit a grand slam and steal a base in the same game since Roger Bresnahan in 1903, Posey also got a huge kick out of the way his team continued to outplay the Dodgers.

“These games are fun because the fans make it fun for us,” Posey said. “I mean, the Giants-Dodgers games, whether it’s at AT&T; Park or here, it’s just an extra electricity and the passion that goes back for generations comes out.”

Chris Heston (7-5) allowed three runs, seven hits and no walks over 5 2-3 innings in his second start since his no-hitter against the New York Mets on June 9. The rookie right-hander was coming off a 4-0 home loss to Arizona on Sunday.

Pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo delivered an RBI single in the ninth against Michael Broadway, but Santiago Casilla struck Yasiel Puig for his 19th save in 22 chances.

The Dodgers closed to 4-3 in the third with three consecutive hits, including Turner’s RBI double and Adrian Gonzalez’s run-scoring single. Heston minimized the damage by retiring Howie Kendrick on a double-play grounder.

The Giants added a run in the sixth with consecutive doubles by Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford. Rookie center fielder Joc Pederson robbed Blanco of extra bases with a diving grab.

The Giants increased the margin to 9-3 in the seventh with four runs, including Josh Ravin’s bases-loaded walk to Crawford, a two-run single by Duffy and an RBI single by Blanco against the rookie right-hander.

Blanco was reinstated from the concussion disabled list before the game after missing the previous 10.

The Dodgers’ scoreless streak against San Francisco was the Giants’ longest against any team since they relocated to the West Coast along with the Dodgers in 1958.

Only one other team has had a longer shutout streak against the Dodgers since then. The Pittsburgh Pirates blanked them for 33 innings between Sept. 26, 1967, and April 15, 1968.


Giants: RHP Tim Hudson (4-6) scattered five hits through 6 1-3 innings against the Dodgers on May 19 in a 2-0 victory at AT&T; Park. The 17-year veteran has allowed one home run in 34 innings over his last six starts.

Dodgers: RHP Carlos Frias (4-4) gets a rematch with Hudson after yielding a run over six innings in the hard-luck defeat at San Francisco.

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