Each side’s bullpen backed up their respective starters as well, but Mookie Botts gave the Dodgers their second walk-off victory in four days as he drilled a two-out pitch for a two-run home run.
“Great to get the crowd on its feet,” Botts said, with the cardboard cutouts filling the stands elated at the victory.
Botts’ dong was his 20th of the year, the third Dodger to reach the number during this season, the only extra-base hit of the game for either side. The Dodgers’ (60-40) only other run came in the fourth as Will Smith singled home Botts.
The Giants (43-56) tied it in the sixth on a Brandon Belt RBI single, the only blemish on May’s day. Allowing eight hits and no walks, May struck out four across his 6 2/3 IP on just 84 pitches. After Brandon Kintzler walked one before closing out the seventh inning, Joe Kelly, Caleb Ferguson and Blake Treinen combined for three perfect innings of relief with six strikeouts. Ferguson needed just six pitches for his inning, five of which were strikes.
Cahill needed 111 pitches for his seven innings of work, striking out seven to three walks. With just five hits and three walks allowed, Cahill gave way to Sam Selman for an inning before the Giants tried to work Trevor Gott for two innings.
While Gott pushed the game to extras with a scoreless ninth, a single by Seager paved the way for Botts to close out the game. Botts finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, the only Dodger to come away with a multi-hit game.
The Dodgers continue their extended stay in Los Angeles after the All-Star break with a three-game series against the Brewers starting on Monday.