SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Carlos Rodón pitched two-hit ball over six strong innings and the San Francisco Giants completed a three-game sweep of the division-leading Dodgers, beating Los Angeles 2-0 on Sunday.
Austin Slater and Mike Yastrzemski homered off Julio Urías in the first inning to send the stumbling Dodgers to their sixth loss in eight games.
“As a team we played really well today defensively, scored the runs we needed and the bullpen did a great job,” Rodón said. “It’s big. That turns it around for us a little bit.”
Chris Taylor doubled twice for Los Angeles, but was forced out of the game after suffering a cut near his right eye when he crashed into the fence in left field trying to make a catch.
The Dodgers remained one-half game ahead of San Diego in the NL West. The Giants pulled within 3 ½ games of first place.
“It’s a solid position to be in,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “But everybody has been around the game long enough to know that divisions aren’t won in June and they’re probably not lost very often in June, although it happens.”
Before the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called out his club’s offense as being too inconsistent, a problem that has hindered the team since the final week of May.
Rodón (5-4) helped that trend continue with a dominant performance coming on the heels of one of his worst starts this season.
Mixing a fastball that topped out at 100 mph with an effective slider, Rodón had six strikeouts and pitched around three walks and a pair of leadoff doubles for his win in more than a month.
“He did a really nice job of attacking the zone with his fastball,” Kapler said. “The velo spike was certainly encouraging. He pitched the type of ballgame that we expect from Carlos and what…