National League Game Summary - San Francisco at Los Angeles|
(Monday, October 1st)
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, San Francisco 2
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Elian Herrera kept the Dodgers' playoff
hopes alive with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting Los
Angeles over the San Francisco Giants, 3-2, in the first of a three-game
series at Dodger Stadium.
The win kept the Dodgers within two games of the St. Louis Cardinals for the
NL's final wild card spot with two games left in the regular season.
Andre Ethier added a two-run homer for the Dodgers, who have won a season-high
tying six straight games.
Brandon League (2-1) tossed a scoreless top of the ninth to earn the win.
Santiago Casilla (7-6) surrendered the deciding run to take the loss for the
NL West-champion Giants, who have dropped two of their last three.
Aaron Harang started the game for the Dodgers and allowed one run on two hits
and two walks over six innings, while Matt Cain, whom Giants manager Bruce
Bochy named the starter for San Francisco's first playoff game prior to the
contest, surrendered two runs on four hits and a walk in a five-inning start.
"68 pitches, that was the plan for Matt," Bochy said about Cain. "He threw
well tonight. A solid five innings, that was just enough for him."
Casilla took the mound for the bottom of the ninth and promptly allowed a
single to Hanley Ramirez, who was sacrificed over to second by Shane
Luis Cruz followed with a single to left field to place runners on the corners
and after A.J. Ellis was intentionally walked, Herrera laced a liner to the
right side of the infield that deflected off the glove of a leaping Marco
Scutaro and into shallow center field, allowing Ramirez to score the game-
"One of the biggest hits of my career," Herrera said. "I spent 10 years in the
minors and this is my first walk-off. This is a dream come true."
The Giants jumped out to a quick lead in their first at-bat when Scutaro
worked a one-out walk and rounded the bases two batter later on Buster Posey's
double off the wall in left field.
Neither team advanced a runner past first base from there until Ethier
followed Mark Ellis' leadoff single in the bottom of the fourth inning with a
blast over the center-field wall, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 edge.
Los Angeles failed to add to its lead by leaving runners on second and third
in the fifth inning and having a man thrown out at the plate in the sixth
before San Francisco tied the game in the eighth as Angel Pagan pulled a one-
out double down the first-base line and came home on a Scutaro base hit to
Scutaro moved to second on the play during Victorino's throw to the plate, but
Pablo Sandoval struck out and Posey hit a dribbler to the left of the mound to
end the inning.
Scutaro extended his career-high hit streak to 18 games ... Dodgers first
baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 to extend his hit streak to 13 games ...
San Francisco leads the season series between the teams, 9-7 ... San Francisco
hit 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base ... The
Dodgers went 3-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight.
10/02 01:37:09 ET