Yu Darvish pitches seven scoreless innings as Dodgers make it two in a row, 4-1

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger follows through on a two-run home run during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Giants in San Francisco. It was his 37th of the season. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger follows through on a two-run home run during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Giants in San Francisco. It was his 37th of the season. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (35) drives in a run with a triple against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (35) drives in a run with a triple against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger follows through on a two-run home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger follows through on a two-run home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, right, is met at home plate by Justin Turner after Bellinger’s two-run home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, right, is met at home plate by Justin Turner after Bellinger’s two-run home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Moore throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Moore throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger slides into third base with an RBI triple during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger slides into third base with an RBI triple during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence, center, is tagged out by Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, left, on a rundown between second and third bases following a ground ball from Denard Span during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence, center, is tagged out by Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, left, on a rundown between second and third bases following a ground ball from Denard Span during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yu Darvish lays down a sacrifice bunt during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yu Darvish lays down a sacrifice bunt during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner makes a sliding catch on a pop fly from San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner makes a sliding catch on a pop fly from San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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SAN FRANCISCO — Like riders wobbling away from a roller coaster, the Dodgers began to find their legs again Wednesday.

Manager Dave Roberts did not underplay the release provided by Tuesday night’s win, ending an 11-game plummet and 1-16 freefall after a historically-successful summer rise.

“That was fun,” Roberts said before the series finale at AT&T Park. “We all slept well last night.”

They could rest easy again Wednesday night after Yu Darvish combined with the Dodgers’ bullpen on a five-hitter and the Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants, 4-1.

The two-game winning streak is the Dodgers’ first since Aug. 24-25. The magic number to clinch a fifth consecutive NL West title is down to seven.

If Wednesday’s win gives Roberts and the Dodgers’ front office sweet dreams, Darvish will dance through them. For the first time since his Dodgers debut against the New York Mets, he looked like the difference-maker the Dodgers thought they were acquiring in July.

Darvish breezed through the Giants’ lineup, allowing singles in each of the first two innings but retiring 13 consecutive batters before Jarrett Parker led off the seventh with the Giants’ third hit.

Darvish struck out only five but was pitch efficient enough – a problem in previous starts – to get through seven scoreless innings on 87 pitches. It was the first time a Dodgers starter pitched into the seventh inning since Rich Hill took a no-hitter into the 10th on Aug. 23.

Wednesday’s game was also a reminder of what it’s supposed to look like when a first-place team plays a last-place team. Only Matt Moore’s elusiveness kept it from actually being as lop-sided as it felt.

The Giants committed two errors in the second inning. For the second night in a row, a catchable pop-up dropped between Hunter Pence and the Giants second baseman in shallow right field. In the fourth, catcher Nick Hundley and Yu Darvish (trying to bunt) whiffed on the same pitch from Moore.

When one of the senior citizens serving as ball boys down the foul lines face-planted in pursuit of an errant grounder, it was hard to tell him from the Giants on the field this season. At one point, TV cameras caught Giants bullpen catcher Eli Whiteside stalked the home dugout, shouting his expletive-laden assessment of his team’s play.

But Moore bobbed and weaved through the first four innings. The Dodgers scored one run when Cody Bellinger tripled over Pence’s head in the first inning and another when Logan Forsythe followed with a double.

Bellinger landed the knockout blow on Moore in the fifth inning – a 441-foot shot into the waters of McCovey Cove. The two-run home run was Bellinger’s 37th of the season, one short of the National League record for a rookie shared by Wally Berger (1930) and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson (1956) who was in attendance at AT&T Park on Wednesday.

More to come on this story.

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