LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 31: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants meets with Tim Lincecum #55 at the mound during their Opening Day game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on March 31, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Giants Vs. Dodgers: Tim Lincecum Dominant As G-Men Blank Dodgers

The Giants absolutely dominated the Dodgers this series, out scoring them 13-0 en route to the sweep.

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Giants Vs. Dodgers, Final Score: Tim Lincecum Shines As G-Men Clinch Sweep With 3-0 Victory

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - There were no wild innings and his command was there as Giants starter Tim Lincecum snapped out of the worst funk of his career.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner tossed seven shutout innings and snapped his career-high 10-start winless streak as San Francisco blanked the Los Angeles Dodgers for a third straight game, 3-0, to complete a sweep and pull even with their bitter rivals atop the NL West.

It was the first time the Giants held the Dodgers scoreless for three games in a row during the San Francisco era.

After going 0-6 with a robust 6.31 ERA during his 10-game winless streak, Lincecum (3-8) fanned eight while scattering four hits and walking two.

"Timmy was Timmy today," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "He came off a pretty good game in Oakland, carried that into today's game and threw great."

Angel Pagan registered an RBI single and drew a bases-loaded walk, Ryan Theriot had a hit and two runs scored and Brandon Crawford racked up three hits for the Giants, who have won five of their last six games.

Sergio Romo spun 1 1/3 innings to notch his fourth save of the year.

Chad Billingsley (4-7) surrendered three runs on nine hits and three walks for Los Angeles, which went 1-8 on its nine-game road trip.

"It's been a long nine days," catcher A.J. Ellis said.

The bad road trip got worse in the first inning as Andre Ethier left the game with a left oblique strain on a check swing.

He will undergo an MRI on Thursday.

The Giants plated a pair of two-out runs in the third and added another in the fifth.

In the third, Melky Cabrera ripped an RBI double to left that Bobby Abreu trapped and Pagan's bases-loaded walk gave San Francisco a 2-0 advantage while Pagan's RBI single through the hole on the right side made it 3-0 in the fifth.

Los Angeles' best opportunities to score came in the first and third innings.

With men on first and second with one away in the opening frame, Lincecum escaped unscathed as he induced Juan Rivera into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.

In the third, Billingsley, who stroked a two-out double, stood at third with one away. With Dee Gordon batting, Lincecum fired a wild pitch that hopped past Hector Sanchez. He received a fortuitous bounce off the back wall, retrieved it quickly and flipped to Lincecum who applied the tag on Billingsley for the out.

Game Notes

Lincecum's last win prior to Wednesday's game was on April 28 against San Diego...San Francisco was 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position while Los Angeles was 0-for-5 with RISP.

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Giants Vs. Dodgers: Tim Lincecum Goes For Series Sweep At AT&T Park

(Sports Network) - After a rough start last time out, Tim Lincecum showed vintage form and once again flashed encouraging signs he is ready to break out of a season-long slump.

If he can do that today, he can hurl San Francisco into a first-place tie in the National League West.

Lincecum and the Giants take aim at a big three-game sweep of the slumping Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon.

The right-handed Lincecum hasn't won since April 28, going 0-6 in 10 starts since. That run also included nine straight losses for the Giants with the former Cy Young winner on the mound, but that skid came to an end on Friday in Oakland. Though Lincecum got a no-decision, the Giants knocked off the A's 5-4.

The 28-year-old was roughed up for three runs and all three of his hits allowed in a 43-pitch first inning, but retired 18 of his final 20 batters faced over the six-inning start without allowing a hit.

Still, Lincecum is 2-8 with a 6.07 earned run average in 15 starts this year and that includes a loss at Los Angeles on May 9. He yielded four runs over five innings and struck out eight.

He is 5-5 with a 3.07 ERA lifetime versus the Dodgers.

Lincecum will look to extend a solid run of starting pitching that has seen the Giants shut out the Dodgers over the first two games of this series. Barry Zito hurled seven scoreless frames in Monday's 8-0 win before Ryan Vogelsong followed up with seven shutout innings of his own in last night's 2-0 triumph.

Vogelsong scattered seven hits and walked one as the Giants won for the fourth time in five games and pulled to within a game of the Dodgers for first place in the NL West.

"Pitching has been right on in this series," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Vogy (Vogelsong) is pretty amazing, what he has done and how consistent he's been ... He knows what he's doing."

Melky Cabrera smacked a solo homer as part of a two-run fourth inning for the Giants, who have registered back-to-back home shutouts against the Dodgers for the first time since 1987.

A winner in each of his past four starts at AT&T Park, Clayton Kershaw was charged with two runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings for Los Angeles, which has dropped three straight and seven of its last eight contests.

"It's just a matter of us staying the course," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of his team's struggles. "It's my job as a manager that we don't panic."

Mattingly will go with Chad Billingsley for today's finale and the right- hander has lost two straight starts. That includes Friday's outing at the Angels as he gave up season highs of six runs and 10 hits while pitching five innings.

Billingsley had won two straight starts prior to the consecutive losses, allowing two runs over a combined 14 frames in that time. However, the right- hander now sits at 4-6 on the season with a 4.15 ERA in 15 starts.

The 27-year-old did not factor into a May 9 start versus the Giants, yielding two runs while lasting only four innings. In 10 starts at AT&T Park, Billingsley is 1-3 with a 3.19 ERA.

The Dodgers have won seven of their past 12 versus the Giants, taking two of three at home over San Francisco from May 7-9.

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Giants Vs. Dodgers: Vogelsong Bests Kershaw, Dodgers Blanked Again 2-0

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Ryan Vogelsong had another dominating home outing Tuesday and helped the Giants further tighten the race against the sputtering Dodgers in the NL West.

The 34-year-old spun seven innings of shutout ball, while Melky Cabrera smacked a solo homer as part of a two-run fourth inning, as San Francisco blanked Los Angeles for the second straight night, 2-0, in the middle test of a three-game set.

It's the first time that the Giants have registered back-to-back home shutouts against the Dodgers since 1987.

Vogelsong (7-3) scattered seven hits and walked one for the Giants, who are just a game back of the Dodgers and have won 12 of their past 17 home tilts against their fierce rivals.

"Pitching has been right on in this series," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Vogy (Vogelsong) is pretty amazing what he has done and how consistent he's been...He knows what he's doing."

Since the start of the 2011 season, Vogelsong owns a sparkling 1.85 ERA at home. Only Jered Weaver (1.55) owns a lower home ERA during that span.

A winner in each of his past four starts at AT&T Park, Clayton Kershaw (5-4) was charged with two runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings for Los Angeles, which has dropped seven of its last eight contests.

"It's just a matter of us staying the course," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of his team's struggles. "It's my job as a manager that we don't panic."

The only runs in the game came in the fourth. Cabrera ripped a leadoff shot into the seats in left to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.

Buster Posey then singled and Angel Pagan grounded into a fielder's choice. Pagan swiped second and scored on Pablo Sandoval's single to right. Brandon Belt followed with a double, but Kershaw was able to limit the damage from there.

After he intentionally walked Joaquin Arias to load the bases with one out, he struck out Vogelsong and Gregor Blanco to end the threat.

Jeremy Affeldt tossed a 1-2-3 eighth and Santiago Casilla worked around a one- out walk in the ninth for his 21st save of the season.

Game Notes

Kershaw had gone 6-0 with a 0.88 ERA in his last seven starts against San Francisco...The Giants were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position while Los Angeles was 0-for-5.

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Giants Vs. Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw, Ryan Vogelsong Lock Horns In Game 2

(Sports Network) - The last time Ryan Vogelsong and Clayton Kershaw squared off, the former came out the winner in a tight pitcher's duel.

The 2011 All-Stars oppose each other again this evening as Vogelsong and the San Francisco Giants take on the Kershaw-led Los Angeles Dodgers in the middle portion of a key three-game series between National League West rivals.

These two hurlers met in a May 8 outing in Los Angeles, with the Giants edging out a 2-1 victory. Vogelsong threw 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball in the victory, while Kershaw yielded two runs over eight frames of a tough-luck defeat.

That win for Vogelsong is part of a string of 10 straight quality starts, a run he extended on Wednesday despite having an eight-game unbeaten streak ended. The right-hander lost for the first time in seven decisions after giving up three runs over seven frames of a 6-0 defeat to the Angels.

Vogelsong yielded seven hits and fanned six without a walk, but was outdueled by Jered Weaver's six scoreless frames.

"Weaver comes off the [disabled list] and he didn't miss a beat," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We didn't put any pressure on him. A good outing by Vogy, he pitched well, we just couldn't do anything offensively."

The 34-year-old is 6-3 with a 2.41 earned run average in 13 starts, including 3-2 with a 1.47 ERA in seven at home. Vogelsong is 3-2 with a 4.17 ERA in 14 career meetings against the Dodgers, including five starts.

Kershaw, meanwhile, is coming off an excellent outing on Thursday in Oakland, but still earned a second straight no-decision. He hurled eight innings of one-run ball, yielding three hits and two walks while striking out seven as the Dodgers lost on a walk-off homer. It was the lefty's longest outing since a six-hit shutout of the Cardinals on May 19.

Kershaw is 5-3 with a 2.73 ERA in 15 starts this season and his loss to the Giants dropped the 24-year-old to 6-2 with a 1.34 ERA in 13 lifetime meetings.

The Giants inched closer to first place in the NL West with last night's 8-0 win, pulling to within two games of the Dodgers. That is the closest that San Francisco has been to the top spot since a 2 1/2-game deficit on April 9.

The Giants plated seven runs through the first two innings, with Pablo Sandoval highlighting a four-run first inning with a double that brought home two runs, while he added a sac fly in the second following consecutive run- scoring singles by Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan.

Sandoval ended with three hits and also scored twice, while both Cabrera and Pagan had two hits.

"We made contact and good things happen when you do that," Bochy said. "It was good to get early runs."

Barry Zito made good on the run support with seven scoreless innings of three- hit ball. He also scattered three walks to snap a three-game slide in which he had allowed 17 runs in 14 1/3 frames while allowing opponents to hit .377 off of him.

"Tough guy to face when you're down early," Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said of Zito.

Nathan Eovaldi had his worst outing of the season as he allowed eight runs on 10 hits and a walk in five innings for the Dodgers, who have dropped six of their last seven contests.

The Dodgers have won seven of their past 11 versus the Giants, taking two of three at home over San Francisco from May 7-9.

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Giants Vs. Dodgers, Final Score: San Francisco Dominates In Series Opener 8-0

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Barry Zito spun seven innings of shutout ball, and aided by an early offensive outburst, the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-0, in the opener of a three-game series.

Zito (6-5) scattered three hits and allowed three walks while fanning four. The 34-year-old had lost each of his previous three starts coming in, surrendering 17 runs in just 14 1/3 innings with opponents hitting .377 off him during the stretch.

"Tough guy to face when you're down early," Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said of Zito.

Pablo Sandoval registered three hits, three RBI and a pair of runs scored, for the Giants, who are just two games back of the Dodgers in the NL West, the closest they've been to first place since April 7.

"We made contact and good things happen when you do that," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It was good to get early runs."

Melky Cabrera added two hits, an RBI and two runs scored, while Angel Pagan tallied a pair of hits, two RBI and a run scored.

Nathan Eovaldi (0-4) allowed eight runs on 10 hits and a walk in five innings for the Dodgers, who have dropped six of their last seven contests.

The Giants stormed out of the gate with four runs in the opening frame and added three more in the second.

After back-to-back one-out singles by Ryan Theriot and Cabrera, Pagan brought home Theriot after pulling a double that ricocheted off the first-base bag and over the head of James Loney.

Sandoval then ripped a double to right, which plated Cabrera and Pagan, and following Brandon Belt's groundout, Sandoval crossed the plate on Hector Sanchez's single to center for a 4-0 San Francisco advantage.

In the second, Zito walked and Gregor Blanco singled to start the inning. After Theriot grounded into a fielder's choice, consecutive RBI singles by Cabrera and Pagan preceded Sandoval's sacrifice fly to left, pushing the margin to 7-0.

San Francisco plated another in the fifth as Sanchez cracked an RBI double to deep center, making it an 8-0 game.

Game Notes

The Giants have won 11 of their last 16 games against the Dodgers in San Francisco...The Giants were 7-for-14 with runners in scoring position while Los Angeles was 0-for-8 and stranded nine.

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Giants Vs. Dodgers Lineups: Hector Sanchez Starts, Buster Posey Sits

The San Francisco Giants get ready to host their arch-rival Los Angeles Dodgers Monday night at AT&T Park after taking two of three from the Oakland Athletics. Nathan Eovaldi is starting for the Dodgers as he faces Barry Zito for the Giants.

Monday's starting lineups are interesting in the sense for the Giants that Buster Posey gets a day off and Hector Sanchez takes his place. Sanchez is a fairly capable hitter, although he doesn't walk much and can't get much power off the bat as Posey. Also Angel Pagan gets to cleanup.

Dodgers lineup

1 - Dee Gordon - SS
2 - Elian Herrera - LF
3 - Andre Ethier - RF
4 - Juan Rivera - 1B
5 - Jerry Hairston - 2B
6 - A.J. Ellis - C
7 - Juan Uribe - 3B
8 - Tony Gwynn - CF
9 - Nathan Eovaldi - P

Giants lineup

1 - Gregor Blanco - RF
2 - Ryan Theriot - 2B
3 - Melky Cabrera - LF
4 - Angel Pagan - CF
5 - Pablo Sandoval - 3B
6 - Brandon Belt - 1B
7 - Hector Sanchez - C
8 - Brandon Crawford - SS
9 - Barry Zito - P

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Giants Vs. Dodgers: Barry Zito, Nathan Eovaldi Open Series At AT&T Park

(Sports Network) - The Dodgers' offense has been prone to taking the night off in all five of Nathan Eovaldi's starts so far this season. The Giants themselves may need to big effort out of their bats tonight given Barry Zito's current losing streak.

Los Angeles tries to get Eovaldi a well-deserved win this evening in the opener of a three-game series against Zito-led San Francisco.

Eovaldi, a 2008 draft pick, joined the Dodgers' rotation on May 29 after making 10 appearances last season, and has not allowed more than three runs in any of his five outings. However, despite a 2.35 earned run average he is 0-3.

Los Angeles has lost all five of his starts while getting outscored 12-5. Only three of those runs have come with the right-hander on the mound.

The three runs that Eovaldi gave up at Oakland on Wednesday were a season high and he also allowed seven hits and three walks in a 4-1 defeat. The 22-year- old dropped to 0-2 with a 2.55 ERA in three road outings this season and will face the Giants for the first time.

While Eovaldi has kept his team in all five games he has pitched, Zito hasn't given his club much of a chance over a three-game slide that has seen the left-handed former Cy Young winner pitch to a 10.67 ERA with just six strikeouts.

Zito's slide was extended on Tuesday at the Angels as he was touched for a season-high eight earned runs on nine hits and three walks in 3 1/3 frames, the third time this season he failed to pitch past the fourth inning. Zito's outing got off to a rough start as he allowed a three-run homer to Albert Pujols as part of a four-run first.

"Barry attacked the zone, but he got too much of the zone," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said about Zito. "He made too many mistakes. He didn't have his good location tonight."

The 34-year-old's current slide has dropped his season numbers to 5-5 with a 4.35 ERA in 14 starts. That does include an outing in Los Angeles on May 7, one that resulted in a loss for Zito after he yielded three runs on eight hits and four walks over six frames. He fell to 6-9 with a 3.99 ERA lifetime versus the Dodgers.

The Giants will hope to cut into the Dodgers' three-game lead over them for first place in the National League West, something they failed to do on Sunday thanks to a walk-off defeat versus the Athletics.

San Francisco seemed poised for the three-game sweep, but saw closer Santiago Casilla give up singles to Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon Inge before Derek Norris launched the first homer of his career.

"I know I think about it, I'm sure Casilla thinks about it too," catcher Buster Posey said of their approach to Norris at the plate. "He's a fastball pitcher and you have to give the hitter some credit too."

Matt Cain started for the Giants and allowed one run on three hits and struck out seven. Posey hit a two-run homer and Ryan Theriot had two hits and scored a run.

The Giants failed to make up ground as the Dodgers were handed a 5-3 loss by the Angels on Sunday.

Dee Gordon had two hits and drove in a run for the Dodgers, who have lost five of their last six games. Aaron Harang gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings in the start and Josh Lindblom was charged with the loss after giving up two runs in the seventh.

Bobby Abreu and Adam Kennedy also drove in a run each.

"I thought our bats were solid all series," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "We have to give ourselves a few more chances to get them in. The Angels are tough, aggressive and a good club."

The Dodgers have won seven of their past 10 versus the Giants, taking two of three at home over San Francisco from May 7-9.

First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on NBC Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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MLB Standings 2012: Giants Within Striking Distance Of NL West Leading Dodgers

The absence of Matt Kemp to the Los Angeles Dodges lineup hasn't kept them from keeping their spot atop the heap in the NL West, but with a three game set against the San Francisco Giants on the docket in the city by the Bay, Los Angeles could see their divisional lead whittle down to nothing after this series.

With only a three game advantage over the Giants, a sweep in this series would leave L.A. tied with San Francisco for the lead in the division, starting to really separate themselves from the rest of the group. Arizona is the closest at just 5.5 games back, but after that it really falls off as the Rockies are now 15 games back and the Padres a whopping 17.

The Giants have a one game lead in the NL Wild Card at the moment, sitting just above the Pirates, Mets, Braves and Cardinals.


NL West Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Los Angeles 43 30 .589 0 Won 3
San Francisco 40 33 .547 3 Lost 1
Arizona 37 35 .513 5.5 Won 4
Colorado 27 44 .380 15 Lost 1
San Diego 26 47 .356 17 Won 1

(updated 6.25.2012 at 9:24 AM PDT)



National League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
San Francisco 40 33 .547 0 Lost 1
Pittsburgh 38 33 .535 1 Lost 1
New York 39 34 .534 1 Lost 2
Atlanta 38 34 .527 1.5 Lost 2
St. Louis 38 35 .520 2 Won 3
Arizona 37 35 .513 2.5 Won 4
Miami 34 38 .472 5.5 Won 1
Philadelphia 34 40 .459 6.5 Lost 2
Milwaukee 33 39 .458 6.5 Lost 2
Houston 30 42 .416 9.5 Won 2
Colorado 27 44 .380 12 Lost 1
San Diego 26 47 .356 14 Won 1
Chicago 24 48 .333 15.5 Lost 4

(updated 6.25.2012 at 9:25 AM PDT)


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Giants Vs. Dodgers Series Preview: Rivalry Returns To AT&T Park

The Giants and Dodgers lock horns once again at AT&T Park for a three game set.

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