Hill solid, Turner homers and Dodgers beat Giants 1-0

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Justin Turner and the Dodgers aren't thinking cruise control just yet.

Rich Hill pitched six dominant innings in his first start with Los Angeles and Turner hit his 24th homer, lifting the Dodgers over the San Francisco Giants 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Los Angeles has a three-game lead over the Giants atop the NL West after winning in back-to-back nights facing Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto.

Turner homered in the fourth for the first hit against Cueto. Turner has 20 homers since June 10.

''It's time to put our foot on the pedal and get some separation,'' Turner said.

Hill (1-0) was on the disabled list with a blister on his left middle finger when the Dodgers acquired him from the Oakland Athletics on Aug. 1 along with outfielder Josh Reddick. He allowed five hits and struck out three while throwing 81 pitches in his first appearance since July 17.

San Francisco has lost eight of 10. Cueto (14-4) allowed a run and four hits over six innings, and his lone mistake was the cutter he left over the plate to Turner.

''It's part of the game,'' Cueto said. ''You win 1-0, you lose 1-0. There's nothing you can do. It's part of the game. You just have to keep on grinding and keep your head up.''

Kenley Jansen got his 37th save to complete the six-hitter. He reached 604 career strikeouts, tying Jim Brewer for most career strikeouts as a reliever in franchise history.

Cueto had two wins in three previous starts against the Dodgers this season. He's still looking for his second win in the second half of the season.

With runners on the corners and two outs in the eighth, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made a visit to the mound to talk with reliever Joe Blanton. He left Blanton in the game, and then Brandon Crawford flew out to the warning track in right to end the inning.

Roberts threw his arms up in celebration. It was the second important decision he made in the game - the first was taking Hill out after six shutout innings - and both worked.

''I wanted to go out there and look in (Blanton's) eyes and check on him and see how he felt,'' Roberts said. ''He took a lot of energy with those first four hitters, but as I went out there, I just knew he had to stay in the game. It's just the confidence I have in Joe Blanton.''

Said Crawford: ''I thought I might have had enough. It got in on me a little bit, so I didn't square it up quite as well as I would have wanted to. I was hoping it might have been enough, but obviously it wasn't.''

The 31-year-old Turner had 31 career home runs entering this season. He hit 16 in 2015, but before that, he'd never hit more than seven in a season. Turner also singled Wednesday.

The Giants' Angel Pagan had his hitting streak end at 19 games. Los Angeles' Adrian Gonzalez singled in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 17 games.


Dodgers: Andre Ethier (broken right tibia) took batting practice and was with the team for the day. He's looking to return in mid-September. ... Alex Wood (elbow impingement) threw on flat ground. ... Brandon McCarthy (right hip) threw a bullpen session. ... Chase Utley (left foot) came out of the game and was listed as day to day.


Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has been out the entire season after undergoing left shoulder surgery, is expected to begin a throwing program in a couple of days. The Dodgers have missed Ryu and Clayton Kershaw in the rotation.

''He's about ready to pick up a baseball,'' Roberts said of Ryu. ''Obviously we don't know how much we can build him up, but it's encouraging that Ryu wants to get back in in any capacity he can.''


Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (3-4, 4.04 ERA) had his only appearance against the Giants come in his MLB debut earlier this season, a game in which he threw 7 1/3 hitless innings before being removed after 100 pitches.

Giants: LHP Matt Moore (7-10, 4.18) is looking for his first win with San Francisco since coming over from the Tampa Bay Rays on Aug. 1. He is 0-3 with a 4.70 ERA in four starts for his new club.