SAN FRANCISCO – Yasiel Puig was excited for his first start of the season in center field because it gave him more room to run and show off his unbelievable athleticism.
Instead, Puig’s performance will be remembered for what he did with his bat and on the bases.
Puig tied a franchise record with three triples and added a double and two RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers moved within a half-game of NL West-leading San Francisco by beating the Giants 8-1 on Friday night.
“I’m tired,” Puig said, shaking his head after sitting in the training room for more than 30 minutes wrapped in ice packs. “I was just trying to hit the ball where nobody was.”
The Dodgers matched a club record with five triples, including three during a five-run fifth inning that chased Tim Lincecum (9-7). It was the most triples in a game for the franchise since 1921 and most by a Dodgers player since Brooklyn’s Jimmy Sheckard had three in 1901.
“That’s crazy. I’ve never seen anything like that,” said Matt Kemp, who had three hits — including a triple — after shifting from center to right field.
Nationals 4, Reds 1
In Cincinnati, Tanner Roark allowed only three singles over seven innings, Denard Span got four hits and Washington kept the Reds winless since the All-Star break.
Cubs 7, Cardinals 6
In Chicago, Luis Valbuena hit a decisive two-run homer in the seventh inning.
Padres 3, Braves 2
In Atlanta, rookie Jesse Hahn allowed only three hits in six innings to remain unbeaten on the road.
Mets 3, Brewers 2
In Milwaukee, Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning as New York rallied to end the Brewers’ four-game winning streak.
Phillies 9, Diamondbacks 5
In Philadelphia, Domonic Brown homered, doubled and drove in three runs in the Phillies’ win over Arizona.
Rockies 8, Pirates 1
In Denver, Brett Anderson pitched effectively into the seventh inning for his first win in more than a year and Colorado beat Pittsburgh.