'Rolling right now': Dodgers sweep Giants

LA wins 7th straight and 11th of the last 12 to move up in NL West standings

May 24th, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO -- Well, that’s one way to assert supremacy.

The Dodgers put on a master class in rivalry-game dominance, beating the Giants 11-5 on Sunday at Oracle Park to complete a three-game sweep and overtake their rival in the standings.

Of all the haymakers Los Angeles threw -- and there were a lot of them -- the hardest was ’s emphatic grand slam that capped off a seven-run third inning and chased Anthony DeSclafani from the ballgame. The Dodgers tagged DeSclafani for 10 earned runs, the most he’s allowed in a single outing in his career.

“I think we just went through a funky stretch there. We were all kind of slumped,” Lux said. “Now, obviously, we’re picking back up where we left off earlier in the year. Hitting is contagious and it keeps rolling onto the next guy.”

When DeSclafani took the mound, he had a 2.03 ERA. By the time Lux delivered the knockout blow, DeSclafani’s ERA sat at 3.54.

Talk about a rough day at the office.

“I think today with DeSclafani -- really good pitcher, I like him -- we just got on the fastball. He left some breaking balls up,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

On the other side of things, was nothing short of brilliant, throwing a perfect game through 5 1/3 innings before allowing a weakly hit infield single. Across six innings, Urías struck out 10 batters and didn’t yield a walk. The only blip on his final line was the two-run homer he allowed to Austin Slater.

"Early on in his career, like most young pitchers, you’re really good, then you’re just OK. He just understands that he’s an elite pitcher,” Roberts said. “When you’re looking around at our starters, the bar is high. He’s right there with those other guys and he shows that every time he’s out on the mound.”

Urías helped his own cause at the plate as well because, well, it was that type of day.

In the second inning, Urias smoked a two-run double over the head of right fielder Mike Yastrzemski that one-hopped the fifth archway. No one in attendance expected Urías to generate such loud contact, generating oohs and aahs from the crowd, regardless of affiliation. At 104.4 mph, Urías’ double was the hardest-hit ball of his career.

Urías was part of the seven-run third inning, as well. With runners on second and third, the Giants intentionally walked DJ Peters to get to Urías. The southpaw responded with an infield single, driving in a run and setting the stage for Lux’s grand slam.

Urías finished with two hits and three RBIs, the first time he’s had a multihit or multi-RBI game in his career.

“It was really fun,” Urías said. “I said last week how difficult it was to get hits in the Major Leagues and put good at-bats together. And today, obviously, it worked out.”

Sweeping the Giants, regardless of the circumstances, is notable, but for the Dodgers, taking three games in San Francisco was all the more impressive given who was absent.

In addition to being without Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, AJ Pollock and Zach McKinstry, who are all on the IL, Los Angeles didn’t have Mookie Betts for the last two games. Betts had a scheduled off-day on Saturday, then was a late scratch on Sunday due to left shoulder soreness.

Even without several of their starters available, Los Angeles got production up and down the lineup. Max Muncy hit his second home run in as many days, his 10th of the season. Chris Taylor, Matt Beaty and Yoshi Tsutsugo all drove in runs, as well. Regardless of the names on the back of the uniform, the Dodgers are finding ways to win.

“I think it’s no secret that we have a lot of depth and we’re all kind of rolling right now,” Lux said.

And with that depth, the Dodgers have surpassed the Giants in the standings. It’s getting crowded in the NL West, and Los Angeles proved this weekend why it deserves to be at the top.