SAN FRANCISCO – The weather Sunday provided a bigger challenge for the Dodgers than the San Francisco Giants have this year.
With rain and wind rolling through Oracle Park in waves all afternoon, the Dodgers were not stayed from the not-so-swift completion of their appointed rounds, scoring twice in the 10th inning and holding on to beat the Giants 4-3 on a soggy day by the Bay.
Mookie Betts drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th with an RBI double. Three consecutive walks forced in the second run.
The Giants nearly walked it off twice in the bottom of the 10th, though.
Betts ran down Joc Pederson’s drive into the gap in the bottom of the 10th — a three-run, walkoff home run without the wind’s help — and LaMonte Wade Jr. pulled a long fly ball into the seats foul with the bases loaded before the Dodgers made their third lead of the game hold up.
Their 101st win of the season was the Dodgers’ 12th in their past 13 games against the Giants. They finished the season series with their ancient rivals, 15-4 – their second-most wins against the Giants in a single season (behind the 1940 team) and their best winning percentage (.789) against the Giants since they beat them 10 of 12 times (.833) in 1899.
The retro-Candlestick tone for the day was struck on the first pitch of the game when Betts hit a line drive to right field. Heliot Ramos broke back on the ball — which the wind knocked down for a single well in front of him.
The first half of the game was played in the persistent rain but interrupted just once.
A downpour prompted the umpiring crew to stop the game with two outs in the fourth inning. The grounds crew unrolled the tarp in left field – and rolled it back up about 20 minutes later, the rain having relented while they worked on the field.
Dodgers starter Andrew Heaney was unhittable before the delay, retiring the first nine Giants in order (five on strikeouts). The Dodgers gave him a lead just before play was stopped, Freddie Freeman scoring from first base on Justin Turner’s latest double (he has a career-high 36 including eight this month).
When Heaney went back to the mound after the rain cleared up, he lost his momentum – and nearly lost the lead.
After Thairo Estrada’s leadoff single, Wilmer Flores lined a double into the left-center field gap. Estrada would have scored easily to tie the game but the ball bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double, stopping Estrada at third.
After walking JD Davis to load the bases, Heaney struck out Evan Longoria and Joey Bart to escape.
The 27-pitch effort that inning ended Heaney’s day. He struck out eight in four innings.
The Dodgers’ lead disappeared an inning later on a throwing error by Trea Turner. But the Dodgers regained the lead in the sixth inning.
Giants center fielder Lewis Brinson slipped on his first step in center field, allowing Trea Turner’s line drive to drop for a leadoff double. Freeman slapped a single through the middle to drive him in with the go-ahead run.
Freeman has batted .390 (55 for 141) with runners in scoring position, driving in 71 runs in those situations.
But Alex Vesia couldn’t hold the lead in the eighth. He walked the first two batters of the inning, struck Joc Pederson out on three poor bunt attempts and got help from Cody Bellinger when he ran Flores’ drive down at the wall in straightaway center field.
Bellinger couldn’t get JD Davis’ drive into the gap, though, and the ground-rule double tied the game. It was the first run charged to Vesia in 19 1/3 innings since July 21.