Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy hits a solo home run off San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Kevin Gausman during the third inning Tuesday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo
June 30 (UPI) -- Max Muncy crushed a third-inning fastball for a 404-foot moonshot homer to dead center field to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants and sweep the rivalry series at Dodger Stadium.
Muncy's blast extended the Dodgers lead to three runs in the eventual 3-1 win Tuesday in Los Angeles. Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler allowed just three hits and one run over 6 2/3 innings to improve to 8-1 this season.
Each team totaled just three hits in the finale of the two-game intrastate showdown. The Dodgers are now winners in five straight. The Giants, MLB's lone 50-win team, are on a three-game losing streak.
"Max plays hard every night and he's show he can perform on the big stage and in big games," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters. "When you talk about the Giants-Dodgers rivalry, he has certainly had some success against those guys.
"I don't know what it is, but I'm glad he's wearing a Dodger uniform."
Second baseman Chris Taylor gave the Dodgers their initial lead with a two-run single in the first. Muncy extended the advantage when he walked to the plate to leadoff the third. The Dodgers first baseman settled in against Giants starter Kevin Gausman.
The right-handed pitcher fell behind 3-0 in the count. Muncy fouled off the next pitch. He then hit a 3-1 Gausman four-seamer back up the middle. The 103.4-mph blast traveled 124 feet above the field before it fell out of the sky and just cleared the center field fence.
Giants center fielder Steven Duggar drove in the game's final run with an RBI double in the top of the seventh. Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 20th save of 2021.
Muncy went 1 for 2 with two runs scored, two walks and an RBI for the Dodgers. Gausman allowed three hits and three runs in five innings to drop to 8-2 this season.
The Dodgers (49-31) face the Washington Nationals at 7:05 p.m. EDT Thursday at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The Giants (50-29) battle the Arizona Diamondbacks at 9:40 p.m. EDT Thursday at Chase Field in Phoenix.