San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Pat Burrell smacked a two-out, two-run homer off Jonathan Broxton in the eighth inning to help the Giants steal a 2-1 decision over the Dodgers in the second meeting of a three-game series.
Hong-Chih Kuo plunked Buster Posey with two outs in the eighth and was promptly pulled for Broxton (3-3), who battled back from a 3-0 count to Burrell before serving up a payoff fastball that was redirected over the left- field wall for the go-ahead score.
Guillermo Mota (1-3), who struck out Rafael Furcal and Matt Kemp to strand two runners in the eighth, finished off San Francisco's fourth win in five games with a 1-2-3 ninth, sending Los Angeles to its fourth straight loss.
Burrell's blast spoiled a terrific start for Chad Billingsley, who pitched on three day's rest and allowed just two hits and two walks while fanning five over 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
Barry Zito also received a no-decision, as the veteran lefty gave up one run on Casey Blake's homer over seven innings, scattering three hits and two walks to go with six punchouts.
Both starters were on cruise control until the seventh, which Blake opened by taking a high-and-in fastball over the left-field wall.
Kuo relieved Billingsley with two outs and one on in the seventh and gave up a pinch-hit single to Aaron Rowand. A wild pitch put both runners in scoring position, but Kuo fanned Andres Torres to end the threat.
Billingsley, who has thrown 21 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, was 0-2 with a 22.50 earned-run average in two previous starts on less than four day's rest...Kuo's scoreless streak ended at 16 2/3 frames...The Giants finished July with a 20-8 record, their first 20-win month since September 2000...Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier did not play, as he flew back to Los Angeles to witness the birth of his second child...Clayton Kershaw's five-game suspension ends on Sunday and he will toe the rubber against San Fran's Matt Cain...The Dodgers got several reinforcements at the trade deadline Saturday, netting starter Ted Lilly and infielder Ryan Theriot from the Cubsand reliever Octavio Dotel from the Pirates...The Giants added bullpen help in the form of Ramon Ramirezfrom the Red Sox and Javier Lopez from the Pirates.