Dodgers at Giants
The Dodgers have ended their longest losing streak since moving to Los Angeles and look to win consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 24 and 25 when they visit the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday for the finale of their three-game series. Los Angeles halted its 11-game slide with a 5-3 victory on Tuesday, which was only its second win in 18 contests.
The victory allowed the Dodgers to increase their lead over Washington for the National League's best record to 4 1/2 games - a crucial development with the teams slated for a three-game weekend set in the nation's capital. Yasiel Puig contributed a two-run double in Tuesday's triumph and is 4-for-10 with a homer and three RBIs in the series. Hunter Pence (6-for-10 in the series) and Joe Panik each recorded three hits for the Giants, who registered 14 overall while losing for the 13th time in 18 games. Buster Posey was just 1-for-5 but is a torrid 18-for-45 with seven RBIs during his 12-game hitting streak.
TV: 10:08 p.m. ET, ESPN, SportsNet LA (Los Angeles), NBCSN Bay Area (San Francisco)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers RH Yu Darvish (8-12, 4.25 ERA) vs. Giants LH Matt Moore (5-13, 5.31)
Darvish is 2-3 with a 5.34 ERA in six starts since being acquired from Texas despite registering 40 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings. The 31-year-old from Japan has dropped each of his last three turns, posting a horrendous 9.49 ERA over 12 1/3 frames during the stretch. Darvish, who will be facing the Giants for the first time, is 12 strikeouts shy of his third campaign with 200.
Moore has experienced a dismal season but put together a solid effort while defeating the Chicago White Sox in his last turn. The 28-year-old allowed two runs and five hits over 6 2/3 innings, marking the fourth time in five outings he has given up fewer than three runs. Moore is 0-1 with a 7.02 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this season and 3-3 with a 5.36 ERA in eight career turns.
1. Giants RHP Mark Melancon (forearm) underwent season-ending surgery to conclude the disappointing first campaign of his four-year, $62 million deal.
2. Tuesday's win was only Los Angeles' eighth in its last 29 games at AT&T Park.
3. San Francisco CF Denard Span, who is 4-for-5 with a homer in the series, is 5-for-8 with three doubles against Darvish.