Muncy HR, Dodgers beat Kazmir, Giants for 7th straight win

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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy (13) hits a single against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 22, 2021, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Max Muncy hit another memorable home run into McCovey Cove, connecting off Scott Kazmir in the lefty’s first big league game since 2016, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 6-3 Saturday for their seventh straight win.

Walker Buehler (3-0) pitched seven innings and Austin Barnes also homered for the Dodgers.

The 37-year-old Kazmir (0-1) allowed just one run — on Muncy’s homer — and two hits in four innings. Now sporting shoulder-length shaggy hair, the three-time All-Star struck out two, walked none and threw 55 pitches,

Muncy stood at home plate and watched as his towering drive off Kazmir in the first inning easily cleared the landing beyond the right-field brick wall and landed in the water.

It was reminiscent of Muncy’s splash shot off former Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in 2019 when he lingered near home plate for several moments watching as the ball went out. That display angered Bumgarner, who yelled as Muncy rounded the bases.

Afterward, Muncy quipped, “If you don’t want me to watch the ball you can go in the ocean and get it.”

Buster Posey homered for San Francisco. The Giants have lost two straight to their division rivals after a season-best five-game winning streak.

Buehler allowed one run and six hits with five strikeouts. He got help from the Dodgers defense with double plays in the first and fourth, then struck out Mauricio Dubon and pinch-hitter Darin Ruff with two on in the seventh.

Alex Vesia retired three batters and gave up Posey’s home run in the eighth. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 11th save.

Barnes homered off Jarlin Garcia in the fifth.

Matt Beaty and DJ Peters drove in runs in the seventh to make it 4-0.

Albert Pujols had an RBI single in the eighth and has had a hit or an RBI in all six games since making his Dodgers debut on Monday.

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