SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gregor Blanco was busy in center field for the San Francisco Giants for all the wrong reasons.
Yasiel Puig hit three of five franchise-record tying triples, and 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 thought, 'Oh my God. They are hitting,'" Blanco said. "They were aggressive the whole game and hitting the ball good."
The Dodgers smacked three triples 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 Puig had the most by a Dodgers player since Brooklyn's Jimmy Sheckard had three in 1901.
"We made some mistakes and he took advantage," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Puig.
Zack Greinke (12-6) tossed seven innings of four-hit ball, striking out 10 and walking one. Tyler Colvin hit an RBI single in the ninth for San Francisco's only run.
Greinke recorded another rare feat on a night full of them: he struck out four batters in the third after a wild pitch allowed Hunter Pence to reach base on a swinging strike three.
Even with all of Greinke's greatness, the game belonged to Puig and the triple-crazed hitters in blue.
The performances at the plate came after Dodgers manager Don Mattingly shook up his crowded outfield, putting Puig in center, moving Matt Kemp — who had three hits, including a triple — to right, and starting Carl Crawford in left.
Puig got things going with a hard-hit fly ball to center with one out in the first inning, flipping his bat as he sprinted out of the box. Two fans — one wearing a Giants jersey, the other in a Dodgers uniform — battled for the ball as it approached the wall, knocking it back on the field.
Puig hustled to third, and umpires kept him there following a video review. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a sharp single to right to score Puig and give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead.
The Dodgers did most of their damage in a wild fifth. Puig and Dee Gordon hit back-to-back RBI triples, and Kemp had a two-run triple.