Dodgers open series with Reds

May 26, 2014 18:51:49 UK

The Los Angeles Dodgers return home to Chavez Ravine on Monday still five-and-a-half games behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League West Division.

This despite Josh Beckett’s (3-1) no hitter on Sunday against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The Dodgers’ fourth starter, behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu, needed 128 pitches to enter baseball immortality, walking three and striking six to get the better of AJ Burnett (3-4) in the 6-0 triumph.

Ryu gets the call in the opener against the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium as LA open a home stand that will also include visits from the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago White Sox.

Meanwhile, up the coast in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Giants made it four consecutive wins as they completed a sweep over the visiting Minnesota Twins at AT & T Park.

Madison Bumgarner (6-3) struck out 10 over seven innings surrendering a single run on three hits and no walks as the Giants ran out 8-1 winners. Hunter Pence hit his sixth of the year and Michael Morse, who continues to be the free agent pick up of the year, drove in four as San Francisco increased their lead over the Colorado Rockies to five games.

On Monday Yusmeiro Petit will start in place of Matt Cain who skips his turn in the rotation through injury. Jeff Samardzija gets the call for the visiting Chicago Cubs who arrive in town after splitting a four-game series with the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego over the weekend.

The Giants areĀ 12.00 to win the World Series outright, while the Dodgers can be backed at 8.50.

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