Los Angeles' Yasiel Puig hit a three-run homer in a five-run first inning that set the Dodgers up for a 9-3 win against San Francisco on Wednesday, widening the gap between the National League West division's top teams to six games with only ten to play in the regular season.
Bumgarner allowed one hit over seven scoreless innings. "We had a big lead but I just thought I'd take an inning at a time".
Before the current Giants series, the Dodgers went through another major test with a 10-game road trip against the Miami Marlins, New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks. The right-hander struck out six and walked one in making his 30th start in a season for just the second time in his career. He had his no-hit bid on August 25 in Los Angeles broken up on Corey Seager's single in the ninth. He previously held the Dodgers to one unearned run in 15 1/3 innings. "To get 16 wins, with the help of the team, is a positive outcome for me", Maeda said. "It was a bad night to have a bad night".
In the bottom of the inning, Puig's three-run blast, his 11th home run this year, highlighted a five-run rally.
Bochy says Cueto could be out up to a week, which leaves the All-Star questionable for next week. "You make a mistake and he can do something with it".
The Dodgers put them in the right spots, handing Moore a brutal line on a day when he felt as good as he ever has. Matt Moore, who almost no-hit the Dodgers here last month, lasted just three outs.
Maeda (16-9) yielded two runs on three hits and two walks over five innings.
The incident between the two star players who have a history of confrontations, came in the seventh inning of Monday's game when Bumgarner screamed something in the direction of Puig after he grounded out to end the inning.
This one wasn't close after the first. Adrian Gonzalez and Maeda also had RBI singles in the inning as Los Angeles sent nine batters to the plate. Arenado made it 6-1 in the second with his NL-leading 39th homer. "You kind of let your teammates down", said reliever Derek Law, who gave up a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Andrew Toles in the ninth. There was nothing positive about his start Wednesday, but if there's a silver lining, Moore's 45 pitches should easily allow him to return Sunday on three days rest if the Giants want to use him in the Johnny Cueto slot.
"It's nice to have that separation", third baseman Justin Turner said, "but nothing is certain until that number is zero".
Dodgers: LHP Scott Kazmir comes off the disabled list to start Friday against Colorado after missing almost a month with neck inflammation. He threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.
Bochy as well as the Giants' Jake Peavy and Hunter Strickland, visited legendary Dodgers' announcer Vin Scully in his broadcast booth before his final Giants/Dodgers call at Dodgers Stadium.
"I got to see where he does his magic", Bochy said.