Zack Greinke threw 114 pitches, holding the Giants helpless into the seventh inning. By then, the Dodgers already wielded a 2-0 lead thanks to a majestic solo shot to center field off the bat of Joc Pederson. Pederson, who had been demoted to ninth in the batting order for this game, looked ebullient rounding the bases--and looked like the type of energetic boost that this team se desperately needs. Pederson's HR off of "Ashley" Madison Bumgarner handed Bumgarner his seventh loss of the year.
Two runs was all the Dodgers needed, as well. When Greinke exited the game with two on and a run already in (to make it 2-1), Luis Avilan got Brandon Belt to ground into double play to shut off the threat. Kenley Jansen came in for the ninth and seal the win.
Dodgers are now 5.5 games up in the West, with one more game in this series tomorrow. Let's go, Dodgers!