SAN FRANCISCO -- Purists watching this Giants-Dodgers series had to come away satisfied. Of the four games, three were decided by one run; two contests went into extra innings. Christian Arroyo, San Francisco's rookie third baseman, and Julio Urias, Los Angeles' 20-year-old left-hander, displayed considerable promise. And the traditional rivals played to a standoff, as the Dodgers scored four 10th-inning runs to prevail, 5-1, on Thursday at AT&T Park and earn a split of the four-game series.
"The way that we've sort of been inconsistent with the different facets of the game and to be one game under .500, I think we're in a good place," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "This was a hard-fought series. They celebrated their wins over us and to be two games down in the loss column and salvage a split, to see the life we had in the last inning, this was a big win for us."
The Dodgers opened the scoring on Corey Seager's first-inning homer, his second round-tripper in two games. Otherwise, Giants starter Matt Moore remained in control, yielding one run and two hits in seven innings. San Francisco pulled even in the sixth on Arroyo's two-out single, a line drive that grazed Urias' glove and proceeded into center field as Brandon Belt scored.
Moore might have been paying attention to Statcast™, which revealed that he had recorded the Major Leagues' highest average exit velocity (92 mph) and was tied for second with 10 "barrels," or unusually hard-hit balls.
Said Moore, "I had a nice mix of being in a good rhythm and being aggressive in the zone. I gave up some hard-hit balls today. Luckily, guys were standing close."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Moore mows 'em down: Moore entered the game with a 5.87 ERA yet looked anything but vulnerable in the seventh inning. With Taylor on third base and one out, Moore retired Scott Van Slyke and Cody Bellinger back to back on called third strikes. Van Slyke was plainly unhappy with umpire Kerwin Danley's strike zone, but it was just obvious that Moore appeared to be imparting nice late movement on his deliveries.
Can't stop the rally: Even when the Giants did something right in the 10th, it helped the Dodgers. First baseman Buster Posey made a nice grab of Hernandez's foul popup, but his momentum carried him away from home plate, enabling Utley to score.
"A heads-up play by Chase," said Roberts. "He did it by the book."
"It's a long season. If you can stay status quo, around .500, when you're not playing your best baseball, that's what good teams do." -- Roberts, on the team's 11-12 start
WHAT'S NEXT Dodgers: Slumping Kenta Maeda opens the homestand vs. the Phillies in a 7:10 p.m. PT game Friday night with his spot in the starting rotation on the line, as Roberts said the right-hander needs a confidence booster. Roberts also said the club will decide after the game what's next for Maeda, whose scheduled turn could be skipped as the Dodgers are off next Thursday.
Giants: San Francisco will attempt to exact some revenge against the Padres, who won two of three games between the teams April 7-9. The Giants' probable starter in Friday's 7:15 p.m. PT series opener is Jeff Samardzija, who struck out nine in seven shutout innings in his most recent outing against San Diego last Sept. 22.