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  • Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin throws to the plate during...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin throws to the plate during the first inning of their game against the San Francisco on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Wood throws to the...

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Wood throws to the plate during the first inning of their game against the Dodgers on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin throws to the plate during...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin throws to the plate during the first inning of their game against the San Francisco on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • A fan attempts to catch a ball hit by the...

    A fan attempts to catch a ball hit by the San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford for a solo home run as Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts watches after hitting a solo home run during the second inning on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford circles the bases after...

    The San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford circles the bases after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of their game against the Dodgers on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford scores after hitting a...

    The San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford scores after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of their game against the Dodgers on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The San Francisco Giants’ Luis Gonzalez, left, steals second base...

    The San Francisco Giants’ Luis Gonzalez, left, steals second base as Dodgers second baseman Gavin Lux takes a late throw during the third inning on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The San Francisco Giants’ Luis Gonzalez, left, steals second base...

    The San Francisco Giants’ Luis Gonzalez, left, steals second base as Dodgers second baseman Gavin Lux makes a late tag during the third inning on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin throws to the plate during...

    Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin throws to the plate during the first inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers second baseman Gavin Lux crashes into the first base...

    Dodgers second baseman Gavin Lux crashes into the first base side netting after catching a pop-up by the San Francisco Giants’ Joc Pederson during the third inning on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Wood throws to the...

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Wood throws to the plate during the first inning of their game against the Dodgers on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Dodgers’ Trea Turner hits an RBI single during the...

    The Dodgers’ Trea Turner hits an RBI single during the fourth inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts scores on a base hit by...

    The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts scores on a base hit by Trea Turner during the fourth inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts, left, is congratulated by teammate Max...

    The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts, left, is congratulated by teammate Max Muncy after scoring on a single by Trea Turner during the fourth inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. Betts and Muncy both homered and had two hits apiece in the 9-1 win. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Wood reacts after giving...

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Wood reacts after giving up an RBI single to the Dodgers’ Trea Turner during the fourth inning on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts is congratulated by Manager Dave Roberts,...

    The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts is congratulated by Manager Dave Roberts, right, after scoring on a base hit by Trea Turner during the fourth inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman is congratulated by teammate Cody Bellinger,...

    The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman is congratulated by teammate Cody Bellinger, right, after scoring a run on a base hit by Will Smith during the fourth inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • San Francisco Giants third baseman Kevin Padlo dives for a...

    San Francisco Giants third baseman Kevin Padlo dives for a foul ball hit by the Dodgers’ Justin Turner during the fourh inning on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Dodgers catcher Will Smith tosses his mask as he makes...

    Dodgers catcher Will Smith tosses his mask as he makes a catch on a ball hit by the San Francisco Giants’ Thairo Estrada during the sixth inning on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Wood throws to the...

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Wood throws to the plate during the first inning of their game against the Dodgers on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts hits a solo home run off...

    The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts hits a solo home run off of San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Wood during the sixth inning on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts, right, hits a solo home run...

    The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts, right, hits a solo home run during the sixth inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts drops his bat after hitting a...

    The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts drops his bat after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • San Francisco Giants center fielder Mike Yastrzemski jumps for a...

    San Francisco Giants center fielder Mike Yastrzemski jumps for a ball hit for a solo home run by the Dodgers’ Mookie Betts during the sixth inning on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Wood reacts after giving...

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Wood reacts after giving up a solo home run to the Dodgers’ Mookie Betts during the sixth inning on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts celebrates as he rounds third after...

    The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts celebrates as he rounds third after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts scores after hitting a solo home...

    The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts scores after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts, right, is congratulated by teammate Freddie...

    The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts, right, is congratulated by teammate Freddie Freeman after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Trea Turner, right, congratulates Mookie Betts after he...

    The Dodgers’ Trea Turner, right, congratulates Mookie Betts after he hit a solo home run during the sixth inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, right, congratulates Mookie Betts after he...

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, right, congratulates Mookie Betts after he hit a solo home run during the sixth inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts, left, is congratulated by teammates in...

    The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts, left, is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Wood throws to the...

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Wood throws to the plate during the second inning of their game against the Dodgers on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Gavin Lux hits an infield single to load...

    The Dodgers’ Gavin Lux hits an infield single to load the bases during the seventh inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts Dodgers hits a sacrifice fly to...

    The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts Dodgers hits a sacrifice fly to score Cody Bellinger, not pictured, during the seventh inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman hits an RBI triple off of...

    The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman hits an RBI triple off of San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Sam Long during the seventh inning on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sam Long shows his frustration...

    San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sam Long shows his frustration after giving up a two-run triple to the Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman during the seventh inning on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Max Muncy hits a two-run home run off...

    The Dodgers’ Max Muncy hits a two-run home run off of San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Tyler Beede during the eighth inning on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Dodgers’ Max Muncy celebrates after hitting a two-run home...

    The Dodgers’ Max Muncy celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers’ Max Muncy, left, is congratulated by Will Smith,...

    The Dodgers’ Max Muncy, left, is congratulated by Will Smith, center, after hitting a two-run home run as San Francisco Giants catcher Joey Bart puts his mask and helmet back on during the eighth inning on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Dodgers relief pitcher Reyes Moronta throws to the plate during...

    Dodgers relief pitcher Reyes Moronta throws to the plate during the ninth inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger, left, tosses the ball to...

    Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger, left, tosses the ball to relief pitcher Reyes Moronta after making the final out of the game on a ball hit by the San Francisco Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won, 9-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Dodgers’ Justin Turner, left, and the San Francisco Giants’...

    The Dodgers’ Justin Turner, left, and the San Francisco Giants’ Joc Pederson talk hours while practicing before their game on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES ? It’s only been a month, but a certain type of baseball game has come to define the 2022 season. The Dodgers have mastered it, as they did in a 9-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.

They played small ball. They hit two home runs. They out-hit, out-pitched, out-ran, and out-fielded their biggest rival, turning a close game into a blowout.

“We’ve played a number of ballgames this year,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “I think collectively it was the best one we’ve played.”

By sweeping the two-game series, the Dodgers (16-7) opened a 2½-game lead over the third-place Giants (14-10) and maintained a one-game cushion over the second-place San Diego Padres in the National League West. They’ll enjoy one of their two off-days this month before embarking on a road trip to Chicago and Pittsburgh beginning Friday.

Mookie Betts greeted Alex Wood (2-2) with a solo home run to begin the sixth inning. Max Muncy broke an 0-for-16 slump with a single in the seventh inning, then clobbered a two-run homer to left field in the eighth.

Typical for a season featuring dampened baseballs and depressed scoring, the Dodgers didn’t rely on the home run to win. Seven singles and four walks ensured that every Dodgers starter reached base – including designated hitter Justin Turner, who ended an 0-for-17 streak of his own with a single in the eighth inning.

“I think we’re capable of this every night,” Betts said. “Obviously it’s hard to do. Hopefully, we can get on this wave and ride it.”

Dodgers right-hander Tony Gonsolin (2-0) threw a relatively efficient five innings. He left holding a one-run lead with only 65 pitches on his ledger. But this is 2022, when teams have been allowed to carry more pitchers than the kitchen section at IKEA. Even with closer Craig Kimbrel down for the night, Roberts was comfortable giving Gonsolin the early hook.

A parade of relievers – Evan Phillips, Tommy Kahnle, Phil Bickford and Reyes Moronta – did not allow a run while the Dodgers broke the game open late. Their bullpen has a 2.65 ERA, the lowest in the National League.

After Betts’ homer gave them a 3-1 lead, the Dodgers rallied for four runs in the seventh inning. It started when the Giants ordered an intentional walk for Chris Taylor, which loaded the bases for No. 9 hitter Gavin Lux.

Having been denied home runs on several fly balls hit to the warning track this season, Lux did the only sensible thing: he chopped a ground ball between first base and the pitcher’s mound. When Giants left-hander Sam Long was slow getting to first base, Lux was safe and the Dodgers had a run. A sacrifice fly by Betts and a two-run triple by Freddie Freeman extended the lead to 7-1.

Muncy’s home run, an opposite-field shot against right-hander Tyler Beede, was his third this season and his first since April 22.

The Dodgers announced Gonsolin as their starter earlier in the day Wednesday. The right-hander had not pitched in eight days and had not beaten the Giants in his career.

Brandon Crawford gave San Francisco a 1-0 lead in the second inning, when his fly ball found the first row of seats in right field. The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. Singles by Betts, Trea Turner and Will Smith, sandwiched around a Freeman walk, gave Gonsolin and the bullpen all the runs they would need.

Gonsolin allowed three hits, walked one batter, and struck out five. Five starts into the season, his ERA stands at 1.64. Still, Roberts decided to empty his bullpen after allowing Gonsolin to face 19 batters – just one off his season high.

The Dodgers beat the Giants in a memorable five-game National League Division Series last October, after falling one short of the Giants’ 107 regular-season wins. The spirit of the rivalry picked up where it left off before the announced crowd of of 52,203 at Dodger Stadium.

“They have to bring out the best in us,” Roberts said. “They sort of always do.”