Corey Seager burns Giants for four hits, four RBI in Dodgers victory

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  • Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yimi Garcia throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, runs to first base after being walked by San Francisco Giants pitcher Dereck Rodriguez (57) during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager drops his bat after hitting a two-run double off San Francisco Giants’ Mark Melancon during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner watches his RBI sacrifice fly against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, right, is congratulated by Alex Verdugo (27) after scoring against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager watches his RBI double off San Francisco Giants’ Jeff Samardzija during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford, left, and Los Angeles Dodgers’ Russell Martin look to first base after Martin was forced out at second during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. Dodgers’ Rich Hill was safe at first base on the play. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • San Francisco Giants’ Aramis Garcia left, forces out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner at home plate during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager swings for an RBI single off San Francisco Giants’ Jeff Samardzija during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill follows through on a pitch to a San Francisco Giants batter during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija works against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill works against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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SAN FRANCISCO — Bruce Bochy will go into the Hall of Fame one day soon. But not for games like Saturday’s.

Bochy had his pitchers intentionally walk Cody Bellinger three times Saturday afternoon. The batter behind Bellinger, Corey Seager, went 4 for 5 with 4 RBI as the Dodgers beat Bochy’s San Francisco Giants 7-2.

“I think they probably won’t do that tomorrow,” Bellinger said. “That was the gameplan today and Seager made them pay.”

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spent the last four seasons of his playing career with Bochy as his manager and understood the thinking behind his decision to make Bellinger the 12th player in Dodgers history to draw three intentional walks in one game and only the second (with Mike Scioscia) to do it multiple times. (Bochy also called for three intentional walks of Bellinger in a Sept. 2017 game.)

“You have the best player in the National League. Boch understands that,” Roberts said of the NL MVP frontrunner. “Corey is getting on track. Open base, completely understand it. It’s one of those things where you go into a series and there are certain guys you don’t want to beat you.

“Corey is as good as there is. A few years ago he was second in MVP voting. He’s a plus defender at shortstop. To have guys pitching around guys to face Corey, I think that’s going to change.”

Maybe soon.

Seager has been the hotter hitter for a little while now. Over his past 15 games, Bellinger is 14 for 58 (.241), not quite the wrecking ball he was through the first two months of the season. Seager, on the other hand, has started to look like his pre-surgeries self over the past month. In his past 23 games, he is batting .341 (30 for 88) with 10 doubles, six home runs and 26 RBI.

“Whew. Wow — the way he’s swung the bat this year I don’t know if I agree with that one,” Seager said when it was suggested maybe he was the hitter the Giants should have been trying to avoid.

Bochy’s strategy worked in the first inning when Justin Turner (having his own three-hit day) was held at third on Seager’s two-out single. The Dodgers left the bases loaded without scoring that inning.

In the third, Bellinger was walked again and Seager followed with an RBI single, driving in the Dodgers’ first run of the day. Two innings later, the Giants pitched to Bellinger with Turner on second and got him to ground out. But Seager doubled in Turner anyway, tying the game at 2-2.

“That’s what the situation called for with what he’s been doing,” Seager said. “It’s just a baseball move. It puts some guys on which can be a good situation for you and kind of lock you back in. It’s nice to have guys on and you understand the move.”

Turner drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning and the game seemed headed for another close call — the Dodgers and Giants have played to 35 one-run decisions in their past 84 meetings.

Dodgers starter Rich Hill had to bob and weave through five innings to keep it that close.

He retired the first six Giants in order. Starting with Aramis Garcia’s home run leading off the third inning, though, Hill had 10 baserunners — seven hits and three walks — over the next three innings.

Hill left the bases loaded in the third inning, gave up a run but stranded two more runners in the fourth then loaded them again with no outs in the fifth. A pop out and a double play got him out of that jam unscathed.

“I didn’t think it was a very good outing overall obviously because of that — putting myself in position and putting us in a position where you’re getting traffic on the bases,” Hill said. “I think if you look at it from the positive side — two runs, 10 runners on, one of them was a home run. You look at it that way you can say that speaks to the quality of the stuff.”

Between Hill and Julio Urias who pitched two innings of scoreless relief, Dodgers pitchers held the Giants to 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

Hill was long gone when the Dodgers finally broke it open with four runs in the eighth — including back-to-back bases-loaded walks of Max Muncy and Turner. When Joc Pederson was out trying to score on a wild pitch, the open base beckoned again. The Giants intentionally walked Bellinger for a third time and Seager ripped his second double of the game, driving in two more runs.

“They’re both really good hitters,” Bochy said. “You’re trying to get in a spot where one pitch can get you out of the inning. … You see the year (Bellinger’s) having. They’re both good hitters. It’s not a fun spot to be in, trust me. But we’re trying to do what’s right.”We were doing a good job of limiting the damage early there. We were in that game. But the big hit of course was in the eighth inning. That’s what put it away.”

Seager and Turner were a two-man wrecking crew Saturday. Between them, they went 7 for 8 with six RBI and four doubles. The rest of the Dodgers’ lineup was 4 for 31 with two of those hits (both doubles) coming from pinch-hitters Kyle Garlick (his first major-league hit) and David Freese.