LOS ANGELES (AP) Kenta Maeda struck out 10 over five scoreless innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers finally found their offense to beat the San Francisco Giants 5-0 on Saturday night for their first win of the season.
After striking out 18 times in a pair of 1-0 defeats to open the season, the Dodgers got the loudest cheers in the first inning for a sacrifice fly by Yasiel Puig that scored their first run off Derek Holland (0-1). Matt Kemp followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0.
Kike Hernandez added a run with another sacrifice fly in the third.
Maeda (1-0) allowed five hits and walked one. He faced baserunners in every inning except the fifth.
The Dodgers extended their lead to 5-0 in the fourth on a two-run error by center fielder Gregor Blanco. Kyle Farmer was safe at second after Blanco and right fielder Andrew McCutchen miscommunicated on a fly ball and Blanco dropped it, allowing Cody Bellinger and Austin Barnes to score. Holland walked both Bellinger and Barnes.
Holland gave up five runs – three earned – and three hits in five innings. The left-hander struck out four and walked three.
The Giants collected nine hits and left 10 runners on base while failing to advance anyone past second.
Joe Panik, whose solo homers beat the Dodgers in the first two games, hit into a game-ending double play in the ninth.
McCutchen and Evan Longoria – two big offseason acquisitions for the Giants – continued to struggle. McCutchen is 1 for 12 with two strikeouts and Longoria is 0 for 11 with four strikeouts in their first three games.
Maeda pitched out of a jam in the second. He gave up two-out singles to Hunter Pence and Blanco, putting the tying runs on first and second before Holland struck out looking to end the inning.
Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija, on the DL with a pectoral strain, threw about 20 pitches in a side session and will try a bullpen session on Tuesday. Manager Bruce Bochy said he could begin a rehab assignment within a week. … After seeking a second opinion, RHP Julian Hernandez is scheduled for Tommy John surgery on Thursday in Arizona.
Right-hander Chris Stratton of the Giants opposes left-hander Rich Hill in the series finale. Stratton allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last nine starts in 2017 with a 2.42 ERA. Hill is 5-2 with a 2.43 ERA in 11 career starts against San Francisco.
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