Final Score: San Francisco 7, Los Angeles 4 (10 innings)
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Pablo Sandoval smacked a tiebreaking
single to spark San Francisco's three-run 10th inning, as the Giants secured a
7-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the finale of a four-game set Sunday
at Dodger Stadium.
Hanley Ramirez tied the game with a two-out, two-run homer off Sergio Romo in
the bottom of the ninth, but the Giants scored three times in the 10th to
Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen (0-2) started the frame on the mound and
promptly loaded the bases after sandwiching a pair of walks around a Hunter
Sandoval then ripped a single through the left side of the infield to score
Angel Pagan, and after Brandon Hicks fanned, pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez
looped a single into shallow left field to score Pence.
J.P. Howell then replaced Jansen on the mound and retired Gregor Blanco before
uncorking a wild pitch that plated Buster Posey for a 7-4 San Francisco lead.
Jean Machi stranded runners on second and third in the 10th to pick his first
career save, while Romo (3-0) was credited with the win despite giving up
Ramirez's game-tying blast in the ninth.
Sandoval finished 3-for-5 with two RBI, Hicks hit a two-run homer, and Pagan
scored three times for the Giants, who took three of four from the Dodgers to
secure their fourth straight series win over LA.
"It was nice to see him go out there and get three knocks," Giants pitcher Tim
Hudson said about Sandoval.
Yasiel Puig smacked a solo shot for the Dodgers, who have dropped four of
their last five games.
Sandoval's RBI double in the opening frame served as the game's only run until
Puig opened the sixth with his sixth home run of the season. After Ramirez
followed with a double, Adrian Gonzalez laced a run-scoring single to center
to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.
Los Angeles left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who was making his first home start
of the season, was unable to maintain the margin, as Sandoval started the
seventh with a single before Hicks clubbed an 0-2 curveball out to left,
providing the visitors with a 3-2 lead.
"For me to give up that home run after just getting the lead right back is
disappointing. I've got to shut the door right there," Kershaw said.
Posey added an RBI single in the eighth to extend the margin, but Dee Gordon
ripped a one-out double in the ninth to give the Dodgers some life. Romo then
fanned Puig for the second out, but Ramirez ripped an 0-1 slider just over the
wall in left to tie the game and force extra innings.
Puig went 2-for-5 to extend his career-high hitting streak to 11 games ...
Kershaw struck out nine and allowed three runs on seven hits over seven frames
... The San Francisco starter Hudson surrendered two runs on eight hits over
six innings ... LA went 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 11
men on base ... The Giants finished 4-for-13 with RISP and stranded seven
baserunners ... Andre Ethier had three hits for the Dodgers.
05/11 22:57:39 ET
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