Giants Win The Rubber Match, Take Series From Dodgers

Behind Jonathan Sanchez, the San Francisco Giants shut down the Los Angeles Dodgers to earn the series victory.

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San Francisco Beats Los Angeles 3-0, Earns Series Victory


Final - 9.5.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco Giants 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 6 0
Los Angeles Dodgers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
WP: Jonathan Sanchez (10 - 8)
SV: Brian Wilson (40)
LP: Hiroki Kuroda (10 - 12)

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Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Juan Uribe hit a key two-run homer for the second straight game and Jonathan Sanchez pitched seven strong innings, as the Giants took a 3-0 win over the Dodgers in the rubber match of a three-game series.

On Saturday, Uribe hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning as the Giants claimed a 5-4 comeback win. He repeated the feat in the seventh inning Sunday to help San Francisco get another victory and gain more ground on San Diego.

The Giants sit just one game behind the NL West-leading Padres, who lost their 10th consecutive contest Sunday.

Sanchez (10-8) got the win after limiting the Dodgers to three hits and a walk, and striking out nine.

"I was getting ahead on every hitter," Sanchez said. "When they take the first pitch I took advantage of it and threw strikes. I'm working on my mechanics and feel I can go deep in the game."

Los Angeles starter Hiroki Kuroda (10-12) had a good start, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks in eight innings. He also struck out eight, but took the loss after the Dodgers' offense was stifled.

"Sanchez was electric and threw a lot of strikes," said Dodgers manager Joe Torre. "We've put pressure on our starters because we've given them nothing to work with. We'll be seeing Uribe in our sleep."

Los Angeles has dropped six of eight, and now heads out on the road for a 10- game trip.

San Francisco got a run in the second inning, when Buster Posey walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on Jose Guillen's single. Pablo Sandoval then lofted a sacrifice fly to right field for a 1-0 game.

The score remained that way until the seventh, which Sandoval led off with a single. Then, on a 1-2 count, Kuroda dealt Uribe an outside pitch up in the zone, and Uribe hit it to left field for his 19th homer of the season.

Sanchez pitched a 1-2-3 bottom half, and after Sergio Romo worked a perfect eighth, Brian Wilson set the Dodgers down in order in the ninth for his 40th save.

Wilson reached the 40-save mark for the second time in his career. He recorded 41 in 2008...The Giants have won seven of the last nine against the Dodgers...Sanchez got his first win in his 14th career appearance (10th start) against LA.

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Jonathan Sanchez Tries To Give Giants Series Win

(Sports Network) - Hiroki Kuroda nearly threw a no-hitter in his last trip to the hill. Tonight, the Los Angeles Dodgers will settle for a win, as they play the rubber match of their three-game set against the San Francisco Giants at Dodgers Stadium.

The Dodgers seemed well on their way to a victory on Saturday before San Francisco mounted a furious comeback that culminated with Juan Uribe's two-run home run in ninth which lifted the Giants to a 5-4 win.

San Francisco trailed by four runs after six innings, but Buster Posey homered to begin the seventh. Edgar Renteria and Pat Burrell hit solo shots in the eighth to get the visitors within a run, and Uribe's one-out homer off Jonathan Broxton (5-5) put San Francisco on top.

"That's up there with comeback wins," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "Juan got a pitch he could handle. It's hard to get a bigger one than that. The longball won it for us tonight."

Brian Wilson then pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to earn the save for San Francisco, which rebounded from a loss in Friday's series opener and gained ground in the NL West. First-place San Diego dropped its ninth in a row earlier Saturday, and the Giants' win pulled them within two games.

"Hopefully when the team ahead of you struggles, you go on a springboard and get it going," Bochy added. "But we've been playing good teams, too."

San Francisco also remained three games behind Philadelphia in the wild card chase, as the Phillies beat Milwaukee on Saturday.

Jay Gibbons hit a three-run homer for the Dodgers, who have lost five of seven.

Kuroda, meanwhile, went 7 1/3 innings before allowing a hit on Monday against the Phillies and earned the win with 7 2/3 scoreless frames to run his record to 10-11, while lowering his earned run average to 3.39.

"I was hoping he was going to get it, but I could tell he was a little edgy at the end," said Dodgers manager Joe Torre. "His stuff was electric tonight."

Kuroda has faced the Giants six times and is 2-1 against them with a 3.60 ERA.

San Francisco will hand the ball to lefty Jonathan Sanchez, who is 9-8 with a 3.54 ERA. Sanchez did not get a decision on Monday against Colorado, but pitched well, surrendering just a run in eight innings of his team's 2-1 loss.

Sanchez has struggled mightily in his career against the Dodgers, going 0-5 in 13 games (nine starts) against them with a 6.04 ERA.

The Giants have split their 14 meetings with the Dodgers this season.

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Giants Beat LA With Late Rally

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Juan Uribe hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to cap San Francisco's comeback, as the Giants edged the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-4, in the middle test of a three-game series.

The Giants trailed by four runs after six innings, but Buster Posey homered to begin the seventh. Edgar Renteria and Pat Burrell hit solo shots in the eighth to get the visitors within a run, and Uribe's one-out homer off Jonathan Broxton (5-5) put San Francisco on top.

"That's up there with comeback wins," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "Juan got a pitch he could handle. It's hard to get a bigger one than that. The longball won it for us tonight."

Brian Wilson then pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to earn the save for San Francisco, which rebounded from a loss in Friday's series opener and gained ground in the NL West. First-place San Diego dropped its ninth in a row earlier Saturday, and the Giants' win pulled them within two games.

San Francisco also remained three games behind Philadelphia in the wild card chase, as the Phillies beat Milwaukee on Saturday.

Jay Gibbons hit a three-run homer for the Dodgers, who have lost five of seven.

Gibbons hit his home run off Giants starter Matt Cain, who pitched seven innings and got into trouble in only one of them -- the fourth. He walked leadoff batter Rafael Furcal, who stole second with one out and moved to third on James Loney's single.

Casey Blake pulled a double down the left field line to plate Furcal, and Gibbons followed with his third home run of the season to make it a 4-0 game.

But Cain rebounded to set the Dodgers down in order in the fifth, and limited the damage to four runs. He gave up a total of seven hits, walked one and struck out six.

Meanwhile, Dodgers starter Ted Lilly held the Giants off the scoreboard until Posey began the seventh by crushing a high offspeed pitch to left field. Renteria opened the eighth with a homer to left to chase Lilly, who surrendered just three hits, walked two and struck out seven.

Octavio Dotel came in and got into a long battle with pinch-hitter Burrell, who swatted a fastball to left-center field to get San Francisco within 4-3.

After Javier Lopez (4-2) pitched a perfect bottom of the eighth, Broxton entered to close the game in the ninth. However, Cody Ross hit a one-out single before Uribe took Broxton's second pitch, a slider in the zone, over the center field wall.

Los Angeles still threatened in the ninth, which Blake began with a single. One out later, Blake advanced to third on Jamey Carroll's base hit. But Wilson got Rod Barajas to pop out to shallow right before pinch-hitter Reed Johnson hit a grounder to third. Pablo Sandoval fielded the ball cleanly and threw to second for the game-ending force out.

"This hurts. Teddy pitched great, it should have been enough," said Dodgers manager Joe Torre. "We just couldn't get it done out of the bullpen."

Burrell's homer was his first as a pinch-hitter since May 22, 2008...Broxton has six blown saves this season...Wilson's save was his 39th of the season...Blake finished 3-for-4.

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Matt Cain And The Giants Looking For Win

(Sports Network) - Matt Cain tries to make it two straight wins against the club that has given him more trouble than any other team in his young career when the San Francisco Giants continue their three-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers this evening at Dodger Stadium.

Cain is a miserable 1-8 lifetime against the Dodgers with a 3.94 ERA in 15 starts. However, his lone win against them came the last time he faced them back on August 1, when he scattered four hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings.

"It's obviously been a problem beating [the Dodgers]," Cain said after that elusive first victory. "It's one of those things where definitely I wanted to go out and win."

Cain, who is 10-10 with a 3.11 ERA on the year, did not get a decision on Sunday against Arizona, as he allowed three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings of his team's 9-7 win. He also struck out seven and walked a batter.

Opposing him will be Ted Lilly, who will be trying to rebound from his first loss as a Dodger.

Lilly saw his five-start winning streak come to an end Sunday in Colorado, as the Rockies reached him for seven runs and nine hits in just four innings. It was his first loss cine July 9 and dropped him to 8-9 on the season, while raising his earned run average to 3.59.

The 34-year-old left-hander is 3-1 with a 5.12 ERA in five starts against the Giants.

On Friday, Chad Billingsley was strong through eight innings of work and drove in the game-winning runs at the plate to carry Los Angeles to a 4-2 win in the opener of this set.

Billingsley (11-8) yielded two unearned runs on only two hits while walking a pair and fanning seven, with the right-hander combining with Hung-Chi Kuo to set down the last 10 Giants' hitters as the Dodgers ended a brief two-game slide. Kuo recorded his eighth save of the season.

"I seem to catch the Giants on my good day," Billingsley said. "The first few innings I was ahead on my fastball. As the game progressed, I threw more changeups. I could have gone out for the ninth if they wanted me to."

Rod Barajas continued his hot hitting since joining the Dodgers -- a team he grew up rooting for -- by hitting a home run in last night's triumph. Casey Blake went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored for Los Angeles, which has now won seven of 13 matchups with the Giants thus far in 2010.

Barry Zito's (8-11) misery continued, as the Giants lefty was charged with four runs on four hits and four walks while fanning five in just four innings to suffer the loss. He remained winless in his last 10 games, the longest streak of his career.

San Francisco stayed three games behind NL West-leading San Diego, which lost at home to Colorado Friday night, but fell to three games behind Philadelphia in the race for the NL Wild Card.

The Giants had won in five of their past six meetings with the Dodgers prior to Friday's setback.

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Zito Doesn't Play Well, Giants Lose

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Chad Billingsley was strong through eight innings of work on the hill and drove in the game-winning runs to carry Los Angeles to a 4-2 win over San Francisco in the opener of a three-game series.

Billingsley (11-8) yielded two unearned runs on only two hits while walking a pair and fanning seven while combining with Hung-Chi Kuo to set down the last 10 Giants' hitters as the Dodgers ended a brief two-game slide.

Rod Barajas continued his hot hitting since joining the team he grew up rooting for with a home run and Casey Blake went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored for Los Angeles, which moved ahead, 7-6, in the season series.

Barry Zito's (8-11) misery continued as he was charged with four runs on four hits and four walks while fanning five to suffer the loss and remain winless in his last 10 games, the longest streak of his career.

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