Dodgers, Giants split closer meltdowns

AT&T PARK — Buster Posey rose his fist into the air as his sharply hit single bounded into center field and the San Francisco Giants walked off as 5-4 winners over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.

Earlier, it appeared a solo blast would sink the Giants for the second time in as many days. In the top of the tenth, Adrian Gonzalez launched an 84-mph changeup from Chris Stratton into the bleachers — just beyond the glove of a leaping Jarrett Parker.

But the Giants recovered to beat up Kenley Jansen in the tenth, spurring manager Bruce Bochy to dub the win the best of the season.

“To come back off of one of the better closers in the game?” Bochy asked. “I’d say so.”

In Friday’s opener, which the Dodgers won 3-2, third baseman Justin Turner punished Santiago Casilla after Clayton Kershaw and Johnny Cueto dueled for eight innings.

Turner’s ninth-inning homer saddled the embattled closer with his fourth blown save. It also wrecked Cueto’s night after the Dominican pitcher allowed two runs in eight innings and retired 23 of his final 24 batters.

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