Giants Vs. Dodgers: Barry Zito, Bullpen Blank Dodgers 4-0

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Giants Vs. Dodgers, Final Score: Barry Zito, Buster Posey Lead G-Men To 4-0 Victory

The Los Angeles Dodgers would be without their Cy Young winner Sunday night as they concluded their series at AT&T Park with the San Francisco Giants. Luckily for the Black and Orange Barry Zito pitched like his former Cy Young self as the Giants blanked the Dodgers by the score of 4-0.

Hunter Pence, Marco Scutaro and Buster Posey were the Giants' offense tonight. Pence's RBI double in the first got the Giants an early 2-0 lead, while Scutaro plated Angel Pagan with a sacrifice fly in the fifth to make it 3-0. Posey would add the finishing touch with a solo shot to center field in the sixth, his 20th of the season.

Zito (W 11-8) tossed 6.1 scoreless innings this evening, giving up just four hits and three walks while fanning four on 108 pitches tonight. The bullpen took over from there, using a five-man battery to finish of L.A. and extend their lead to 5.5 games with just a few weeks left in the season.

The Dodgers scratched Clayton Kershaw this evening with a hip issue, having Joe Blanton (L 9-13) fill in on short notice. He got tagged four all four runs on six hits in 5.1 innings of work.

San Francisco now heads to Denver for a three game set with the Colorado Rockies, starting with Ryan Vogelsong taking on Alex White on Monday.

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Giants Vs. Dodgers, Starting Lineups: Clayton Kershaw Scratched

As the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers close out their series at AT&T Park on Sunday, L.A. had to make a late change to their Cy Young Award winning starter, Clayton Kershaw.

The Dodgers scratched Kershaw from his start on Sunday for an unspecified reason. Dodgers beat writer Dylan Hernandez reports seeing Kershaw running and throwing before the game, though he obviously is not well enough to make his start.

As for the Giants, it'll be the same lineup as Saturday, with Brandon Belt at first, Buster Posey behind the dish and Joaquin Arias at shortstop.

Your San Francisco Giants:

  1. Angel Pagan CF
  2. Marco Scutaro 2B
  3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
  4. Buster Posey C
  5. Hunter Pence RF
  6. Joaquin Arias SS
  7. Brandon Belt 1B
  8. Gregor Blanco LF
  9. Barry Zito P
Los Angeles Dodgers:

  1. Mark Ellis 2B
  2. Shane Victorino CF
  3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
  4. Hanley Ramirez SS
  5. Luis Cruz 3B
  6. Andre Ethier RF
  7. Juan Rivera LF
  8. A.J. Ellis C
  9. Joe Blanton P
First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. PT with coverage on ESPN and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Dodgers: Barry Zito, Clayton Kershaw Battle In Series Finale

The San Francisco Giants complete their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday at AT&T Park, as a pair of Cy Young winners square off as Barry Zito looks to get the job done against L.A. ace Clayton Kershaw.

Zito (10-8, 4.51) hasn't made it past the sixth inning in six of his previous eight starts, though the Giants have won each of his last six starts. He's also 1-5 over his past 10 starts against L.A. with a 2.92 ERA.

As for Kershaw (12-8, 2.79 ERA) he gave up one run in seven innings en route to a 6-3, 11-inning loss to San Diego in his last start, though still leads all NL starters in innings pitched (59.1), strikeouts (65), and opponent batting average (.194) since July 28.

Look for Marco Scutaro to stay hot, who is 10 for 21 in his last five games and 4-7 against Kershaw. Conversely, Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt are a combined 4-40 against him.

First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. PT with coverage on ESPN and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Dodgers Game Recap: Late Lead Slips Away In 3-2 Loss

A pair of late runs snatched defeat from the jaws of victory on Saturday afternoon for the San Francisco Giants, as they lost 3-2 to the rival Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park. The win lowered the Giants' division lead to 4½ games over Los Angeles.

Matt Cain pitched 7 1/3 strong innings and allowed two runs, but suffered a no-decision. His wild pitch allowed pinch runner Alex Castellanos to score the tying run in the eighth inning.

Jeremy Affeldt allowed a leadoff triple to Adrian Gonzalez in the ninth inning, then allowed an RBI double to Hanley Ramirez for the winning run for the Dodgers.

Buster Posey had a double, and RBI single, and a walk in four plate appearances for the Giants, who are 8-6 against the Dodgers this season, including 4-4 in San Francisco. Marco Scutaro went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored in defeat for the Giants.

Barry Zito starts the series finale for the Giants on Sunday night in a nationally televised game on ESPN. Clayton Kershaw pitches the series finale for the Dodgers.

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Giants vs. Dodgers Lineups: Matt Cain, Chris Capuano Square Off On Saturday

After picking up a big 5-2 win on Friday night behind Tim Lincecum, the San Francisco Giants will turn to Matt Cain to continue putting space between their NL West rivals. The Dodgers will give the ball to Chris Capuano on Saturday afternoon, who has not pitched well recently. Capuano is 0-2 with a 8.44 ERA in his last three starts.

Here are the lineups for today's game. It will be televised in much of the country on FOX from AT&T Park.

Giants:

Angel Pagan - CF
Marco Scutaro - 2B
Pablo Sandoval - 3B
Buster Posey - C
Hunter Pence - RF
Joaquin Arias - SS
Brandon Belt - 1B
Gregor Blanco - LF
Matt Cain - P

Dodgers:

Mark Ellis - 2B
Shane Victorino - CF
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B
Hanley Ramirez - SS
Andre Ethier - RF
Luis Cruz - 3B
Juan Rivera - LF
A.J. Ellis - C
Chris Capuano - P

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Giants Vs. Dodgers Game Recap: Marco Scutaro, Angel Pagan Power San Francisco to 5-2 Win

Angel Pagan went 3-for-4 with one RBI and added a stolen base while Marco Scutaro drove in two runs of his own to power the San Francisco Giants past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 in front of a sellout crowd at AT&T Park on Friday.

Tim Lincecum went six strong innings for the Giants, allowing four hits and two earned runs while striking out seven and adding seven walks. Opposite Lincecum was Josh Beckett, who didn't fare as well for the Dodgers, giving up seven hits and four earned runs and earned the loss, his second with the team.

Scutaro's seventh inning, two-out single to right field broke a 2-2 tie and scored Gregor Blanco and Brandon Crawford in the bottom of the seventh inning. It would be the difference in the game and put the Giants up for good.

Adam Kennedy went deep for the Dodgers, hitting his second home run of the year in the sixth inning off Lincecum.

San Francisco moves to 78-60 on the season and widened its stranglehold on the National League West division lead to 5.5 games. Game 2 of the three game series against Los Angeles is scheduled for Saturday at 1:05 p.m.

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Giants Vs. Dodgers: Tim Lincecum, Josh Beckett Square Off In Game 1

The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers lock horns once again at AT&T Park Friday night, with two time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum still looking for his former dominant self.

Lincecum (8-14, 5.21) got himself a W after 6.1 innings of two-run ball against the Cubs in his last start, and is He's 5-4 in 10 starts since the All-Star break with a 3.26 ERA, though hasn't lasted longer than six innings over his last six outings.

The Dodgers will send out Josh Beckett, getting his first taste of this rivalry after being traded from Boston. He is 1-1 with a 2.92 ERA since joining the Dodgers, earning his first win with L.A. in his last start, allowing just one run in 6.2 innings of work.

The Giants have posted a 28-19 record against National League West opponents this year, the best mark in the division. They've also taken two of the three series between these teams this year with sweeps.

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

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