LOS ANGELES - The Giants and Dodgers have scratched and clawed for every advantage in this series. For a few seconds Tuesday night, they even exchanged shoves and one ill-advised slap.
Nick Hundley and Yasiel Puig cleared the benches and bullpens with a brief shoving match in the seventh, and neither was around for the end of this one. From the visiting clubhouse, Hundley watched Alen Hanson drive Brandon Belt in with two outs in the top of the ninth, giving the Giants a 2-1 win. They have taken both games of this series.
This one was tense throughout, but in the end the Giants got a bit closer in a jumbled NL West. They picked up another game on the Dodgers, who now sit in third place, just three games ahead of the Giants. Here are the details …
-- The benches cleared with two outs in the seventh. Puig fouled a pitch off and reacted with disgust, and it appeared Hundley said something to him. Puig and Hundley exchanged words and Puig shoved Hundley a couple of times before players from both sides rushed in to break it up. Puig rushed back at Hundley and got one shot to his mask before getting pulled away for good.
-- Andrew Suarez had his best start in more than a month, throwing six shutout innings. He allowed just two hits, although several lasers found gloves. Suarez struck out four, with the payoff pitch coming on a fastball each time.
-- The Giants have had a rough go against Alex Wood this year, but they did a good job of knocking him out early-ish. Wood gave up a run in the second on Alen Hanson's single with two on but otherwise was sharp. But he was done after five, having thrown 92 pitches.
-- When Hundley was ejected, Buster Posey moved behind the plate and Belt returned from the DL in a very odd way. Belt singled up the middle in his first at-bat back and scored the winning run.