SAN FRANCISCO — Eduardo Nunez was credited with a two-run infield single when Los Angeles pitcher Brandon McCarthy lost track of a baserunner and the San Francisco Giants beat the Dodgers 8-4 on Monday night for their season-high fourth consecutive win.
The hit by Nunez was the key play in a four-run fourth inning that broke the game open and helped Matt Cain (3-1) earn his second win of the season against the Dodgers.
San Francisco opened the inning with three consecutive hits off McCarthy (3-1), with an RBI double by Brandon Crawford putting the Giants up 2-1. That’s when things really got interesting.
With runners on second and third, Nunez hit a broken-bat grounder up the middle that shortstop Corey Seager fielded just beyond the infield dirt. Buster Posey easily scored from third on the play. Crawford appeared in trouble when he didn’t stop at third and Seager hurried the ball to McCarthy on the mound.
But with his back to the plate, McCarthy didn’t see Crawford caught between third and home and instead focused on Nunez, who took a wide turn around first and didn’t stop. McCarthy had to wait to throw to second until Seager got back there and Nunez slid in safely, while Crawford easily scored the third run of the inning.
Nunez then stole third when McCarthy failed to keep him close and scored on a sacrifice fly.
The Giants added two runs in the seventh against Grant Dayton when Posey hit his fifth homer in his past seven games, and Nunez added an RBI double.
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (right elbow) is expected to play seven innings in the first game of his rehab assignment today for Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Second baseman Logan Forsythe (toe) is expected to get three ABs in the game as the DH.
Giants right fielder Hunter Pence was placed on the 10-day DL retroactive to Saturday with a strained left hamstring. Pence said he hopes to be ready to come off when eligible May 23.
Giants closer Mark Melancon (sore forearm) threw a 22-pitch bullpen session and is expected to be activated from the DL in the next couple of days.
When he completed the third inning, Cain became the 12th Giants pitcher to reach the 2,000-innings mark with the franchise. The last pitcher to get to 2,000 innings with the Giants was Gaylord Perry in 1970.
Cain allowed an RBI double to Yasmani Grandal in the third inning and nothing else in 62/3 innings of work. He has allowed one run in 122/3 innings against Los Angeles this season.
Mac Williamson was called up for the first time this year to replace Pence and made an immediate impact with two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Williamson started the season in the minors after a quadriceps injury in spring training and just recently found is groove.