Wilmer Flores’ homer in ninth leads Giants past Dodgers

Jul 22, 2021
Wilmer Flores' homer in ninth leads Giants past Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — Wilmer Flores hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants rallied past the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 on Wednesday night.

Mike Yastrzemski homered early to help the Giants regain a two-game lead in the NL West over the defending World Series champions. San Francisco has won two of three in a four-game series between the longtime rivals that wraps up Thursday night.

The Giants had just four hits before Flores’ drive, which quieted the sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium. Buster Posey delivered a pinch-hit single to start the ninth, and Flores followed with a two-run shot to left field that put San Francisco in front 3-2.

“Wilmer Flores is as clutch as anyone over the last two seasons,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “That was his MO in New York. He’s always been clutch and thrived in the biggest moments.”

Wilmer Flores is all smiles after belting the go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth inning of the Giants' 4-2 win over the Dodgers.
Wilmer Flores is all smiles after belting the go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth inning of the Giants’ 4-2 win over the Dodgers.
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It was the 11th homer of the season for Flores. Jansen (1-3) fell to 21 for 25 in save opportunities.

“It’s just a bad one,” Jansen said. “I don’t want to overthink it. I work my butt off too hard to let one moment like this try to mess your season up. Ain’t no time to think about it. … I’ve got to do better. Get those last three outs.”

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Victor Gonzalez walked Curt Casali with the bases loaded, making it 4-2.

Tyler Rogers, who took the loss Tuesday after allowing a game-ending homer to pinch-hitter Will Smith, earned his 11th save by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Rogers and Kapler shared an enthusiastic hug afterward.

“That was huge to get right back out there and not have to try to forget about it another day,” Rogers said. “Man, it’s just so cool to see all the guys in the clubhouse happy for me, and I’m happy for all them. Kapler showing the trust in me was huge for my confidence.”

Jose Alvarez (3-1) worked a scoreless inning for the win.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was ejected in the ninth.

Los Angeles starter Julio Urías pitched a gem, allowing just three hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked one.

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Urías gave up Yastrzemski’s home run but otherwise silenced the Giants. He was trying to become the first 13-game winner in the majors.

Yastrzemski hit his 16th home run in the first inning and second in two days.

Chris Taylor responded with a solo homer of his own in the bottom of the first. Taylor is having a terrific July and has three home runs in his last two games. He’s hit safely in 14 of the last 17 games.

Cody Bellinger made a fantastic sliding catch in center field for the Dodgers to rob Austin Slater of a hit in the third.

AJ Pollock hit an RBI double to the right-field corner off Logan Webb in the fourth to score Bellinger and give Los Angeles a 2-1 lead.

Webb allowed two runs and three hits in five innings.

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Donald Langer

Donald is a sports enthusiast who loves indulging in occasional cricket and football matches. He is a passionate journalist who flaunts a perfect hold over the English language. He currently caters his skills for the sports section of The Madison Leader Gazette.