How does one reward Adrian Gonzalez for two home runs, putting him ahead of all others in the major leagues for RBI (with 111)? Certainly not by collapsing up and down the bullpen (thanks to another ineffective start by Roberto Hernandez), most notably by J.P. Howell (0.2 IP, 4 ER) and Brian Wilson (0.2 IP, 2 ER). A 6-1 lead evaporated in the seventh and eighth innings in Wrigley Field, and the Dodgers lost a chance to gain ground on the Giants.
On the positive side, however, there was this Yasiel Puig highlight:
So that was pretty cool. Cooler than the bullpen.
Meanwhile, we found out later tonight that the Giants fell short in their ninth-inning rally, falling 3-2 to the Padres. So the lead stretches back to 3.5 games, and the magic number diminishes to 5 with seven to play (eight to play for Giants). Let's take the finale tomorrow and worry about the rest back at home.