LOS ANGELES (AP) – Evan Longoria homered off Max Scherzer in the fifth inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 on a windy night Monday to lead 2-1 in their division series.
It was the Giants’ second shutout in the best-of-five series, after winning the first game 4-0.
On Tuesday the fourth game is held at Dodger Stadium, while the fifth would be played on Thursday in San Francisco if necessary.
The Dodgers defeated the Giants 9-2 in the second game of the series, but at home they had just five hits. NL batting champion Trea Turner and Mookie Betts went 4-0, while Corey Seager went 4-0 with a walk.
Longoria bounced back from a 23-0 streak in a big way, after just two hits in his last 40 at-bats. It was his first postseason home run since the 2013 American League Division Series with the Tampa Bay Rays. After that, Scherzer retired his last six batters.
The Giants’ other two hits were singles by Buster Posey and Kris Bryant. His last 15 batters were retired, including in the ninth, when Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen retired all his opponents in order.
San Francisco starter Alex Wood allowed two hits in 4 2/3 innings against his old team. The southpaw struck out four and walked two. Tyler Rogers took the victory by one and two-thirds inning in relief. The Dominican Camilo Doval signed the rescue for two perfect innings.
San Francisco shortstop Brandon Crawford slit a Betts line in the seventh inning with runners on second and first base for the third out, which could have tied the game.
For the Giants, the Colombian Donovan Solano 1-0.
For the Dodgers, Albert Pujols 2-2.