The San Francisco Giants are providing some rare support for their starters since returning from the All-Star break.
On Tuesday night, the surging Giants will go for a sixth straight win over the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time in 42 years.
San Francisco (56-41) has won eight of 10 overall and four of five since returning from the break after opening its series against the Dodgers with a 5-0 win Monday. Ryan Vogelsong(notes) and two relievers combined on the shutout and Pablo Sandoval(notes) had three hits, including a solo homer.
Sandoval, whose career-high 22-game hitting streak ended Friday, still has a 15-game streak at home, which began before he went on the disabled list in April.
San Francisco has given up two or fewer runs in five of its last seven games, but even more promising for the defending champions has been the improved offense since returning from the break.
The Giants, who ranked second-to-last in the NL before the break with 3.6 runs per game, have scored five or more runs in three of their last five games. In their first 10 games in July, they scored at least five runs twice.
“I hope this is more us than what we were doing earlier in the season,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “You can’t depend on this pitching on a daily basis, so this is a good thing what we’re seeing.”
Monday’s win was San Francisco’s fifth in a row over Los Angeles (42-54) and the second time in 10 meetings this season that the Giants have shut out the Dodgers. San Francisco hasn’t won six straight against its archrival since 1969.
The Dodgers have lost three in a row overall following a season-high five-game winning streak. They are hitting .186 and averaging 2.2 runs over their last 13 games.
After a horrible outing against Minnesota on June 21 in which he allowed eight runs while failing to make it out of the first inning, Bumgarner has been much better in his last four outings, giving up just one run in three of them, including his last.
He went six innings at San Diego on Thursday, but left trailing 1-0 before the Giants rallied to win 6-2 in 12 innings.
The left-hander has split two starts this season against the Dodgers. Most recently he came one out shy of completing a 3-1 victory May 19.
“That kid’s got a bright future ahead of him,” San Diego’s Orlando Hudson(notes) said. “He’s good. He had good stuff. He’s got a great fastball, good command of his changeup and he’s got a good slider.”
The Dodgers were hitless until the ninth inning of that game, but won 1-0.
De La Rosa has posted three consecutive quality starts, but the 22-year-old right-hander has received just two total runs of support in that stretch and is 0-4 in his last five starts.