SAN FRANCISCO – Julio Urias won his eighth straight decision and Miguel Vargas drove in two runs in his major league debut as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 3-0 on Wednesday night.
Urias (11-6) pitched six scoreless innings, striking out six and walking none. The Dodgers, who wore patches on their gray jerseys to honor Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully, who died Tuesday, won their fourth straight and seventh in eight games.
Urias is 8-0 with a 2.28 ERA over his last nine starts, and has dropped his overall ERA to 2.57, fourth in the National League.
San Francisco threatened in the ninth, loading the bases with one out against Craig Kimbrel. But Kimbrel got Mike Yastrzemski to pop out and struck out Austin Slater looking for his 19th save.
The Giants lost their seventh straight to the Dodgers, their longest losing streak to Los Angeles in a season since they also lost seven straight in 1980.
Before the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts talked about the confidence and swagger he’s seen in Vargas, ranked as the No. 28 prospect in the game by Baseball America.
“He’s a ball player,” Roberts said. “Midway through the season, to have that youthful enthusiasm, injects that joy into all of us.”
Vargas served as designated hitter and made his presence felt in his first career appearance.
He lined an opposite-field, ground-rule double off Alex Cobb (3-6) in the second that scored Trayce Thompson and broke a scoreless tie. Vargas, who defected from Cuba with his father, Lázaro, in 2015 and signed with the Dodgers two years later, watched his family in the stands after his double, then stole third base on the next pitch.
“I just felt amazing, and I didn’t feel like anyone could stop me,” Vargas said through an interpreter.
In the fourth, he drove in the Dodgers’ second run with an infield single to third base, a play that originally led to a fielder’s choice when Max Muncy scored just short of JD Davis’ throw.
A sacrifice fly by Mookie Betts in the seventh made it 3-0.
Cobb gave up three runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander hasn’t won since May 17 in Colorado.
The Giants threatened in the seventh when they loaded the bases with no outs, trailing 3-0. But Dixon Machado struck out and Luis Gonzalez made a critical base-running error, doubling to second on Yastrzemski’s walk to center.
“It’s something that can’t happen,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “I know Luis will tell you the same thing.”
Both teams lined the baselines before first pitch to honor Scully, as the Giants played a video tribute to the legendary Dodgers announcer on their JumboTron. Scully called the final game of his 67-year career with the Dodgers at Oracle Park in 2016.
MOVE FROM THE LIST
Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner (abdominal strain) was placed on the 10-day disabled list and OF Joey Gallo, acquired from the New York Yankees on Tuesday, joined the 26-man roster. Gallo was not in Wednesday’s lineup, but Roberts said he anticipates playing him in left field against righties.
Giants: INF JD Davis, acquired from the New York Mets on Tuesday, started at third base and went 1 for 4. OF Bryce Johnson was optioned from Triple-A Sacramento and started in center field. To make room, LHP Sam Long and INF Jason Vosler were optioned to Sacramento. Johnson, 26, went 0-for-2 in his major league debut, and Kapler said he expected Johnson to help bolster an outfield defense that has given the Giants trouble.
Dodgers: INF/OF Chris Taylor (fractured left foot) hit two homers and drove in three runs while going at second and third base in a rehab game for Triple-A Oklahoma City. RHP Dustin May (Tommy John surgery) started the same game, going four innings and allowing one run on two hits. … RHP Brusdar Graterol (right shoulder inflammation) hit 100 mph in his bullpen session Wednesday and Roberts said he was “very close” to coming off the injured list. … RHP Blake Treinen (right shoulder strain) pitched in a mock game and could begin a rehab assignment next.
Giants: SS Brandon Crawford (left knee inflammation) played in rehab games Tuesday and Wednesday for Sacramento, and Kapler mentioned Saturday as a potential day for Crawford to be active.
Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-3, 2.66 ERA) takes the hill in Thursday’s series finale. He is 0-1 in two starts against San Francisco this season and hasn’t gone five innings in either. Giants RHP Jakob Junis (4-2, 2.78) will make his fourth appearance (third start) since returning from a strained left hamstring.
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Urias wins his eighth straight decision, Dodgers beat Giants 3-0
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