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Giants beat Dodgers to close within 2 1/2 of Rockies

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LOS ANGELES -- The San Francisco Giants just keep hanging around, figuring it's not too late to salvage the NL West wild card race.

Eugenio Velez and Pablo Sandoval homered and pinch-hitter Fred Lewis doubled home the go-ahead run, sending the Giants over the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 Friday for their fourth win in five games.

The Giants' 80th victory -- their most since winning 91 in 2004 -- moved them 2½ games behind Colorado in the wild card race. The Rockies lost 7-5 at Arizona and still trail the first-place Dodgers by five games in the division.

"No one wants to give in," reliever Jeremy Affeldt said. "When you're this close in the pennant race, whatever team gets hot usually gets it."

The Giants lost two of three at home to the Dodgers last weekend, and San Francisco hasn't forgotten.

"This was a big game for us as a pitching staff," Affeldt said. "You can't take them too lightly. To win this first game is big."

Lewis doubled over left fielder Manny Ramirez's head with two outs in the sixth, scoring Travis Ishikawa, who doubled to right center and took third on a strikeout and fielder's choice when Aaron Rowand was thrown out at first by catcher Russell Martin.

"I saw a fastball that was real close. He tried to run back with the same pitch and it hung over the plate," said Lewis, who thought Ramirez had a shot at making the catch.

"I'm going to have to take him out to dinner. I'm thankful he didn't catch it."

Velez doubled home Lewis as the ball again went over Ramirez's head, giving the Giants a 6-4 lead. Velez homered to lead off the game.

"Their leadoff guy starting the game got to a 3-2 count, we just kept challenging him and he finally got a ball that he could handle," Martin said.

San Francisco extended its lead to 4-1 in the third on Sandoval's three-run homer off the first pitch from Vicente Padilla after singles by Velez and Freddy Sanchez.

"That was just a split he left up in the zone, and Sandoval doesn't miss those," Martin said. "He [Padilla] didn't have the same command he had in his last couple of starts, but he still hung around and kept us in the game. It was a tough game, but I didn't think he did a bad job out there."

Bob Howry (2-6) got two outs to finish the fifth inning.

"It took the guys picking each other up. That's what wins ballgames for you -- the bullpen doing its job," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Padilla was tough on us the last game, but we had some tough at-bats to get his count up."

Ramirez homered and drove in three runs as the Dodgers' three-game winning streak ended.

"They pitched better than we did, it was probably as simple as that," Dodgers manger Joe Torre said. "We kept battling back and we had some opportunities late. We were ready to play, we just didn't pitch well."

Ramon Troncoso (4-4) allowed two runs and three hits in two-thirds of an inning, striking out one and walking none.

Chad Billingsley made his first relief appearance of the season for the Dodgers after being sent to the bullpen. He gave up a homer to Rowand with two outs in the eighth and an RBI single to Juan Uribe in the ninth.

"I'm just going out there trying to figure something out, that's all," he said. "I'm focusing on every pitch. It's definitely a learning experience."

Ramirez's RBI double made it 1-1 in the first and his two-run homer in the fourth landed in the "Mannywood" seating section in left, with the Dodgers trailing 4-3. Rafael Furcal homered off the first pitch he faced in the fifth to tie the game.

Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez allowed four runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings, struck out three and walked two.

Padilla gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings, struck out three and walked one. It was his second no-decision to go with three wins in five starts since signing with the team on Aug. 19.

Notes

  • Billlingsley is set to start Wednesday on the road at Washington.
  • LHP Clayton Kershaw threw a simulated game Friday as he makes his way back from a separated shoulder. "He looked good, we'll see how he feels Saturday," Torre said. "He had good command and it looked pretty comfortable for him." Kershaw will work one inning out of the bullpen early next week in Washington.
  • Before the game, Ramirez met "Handy Manny," the bilingual Hispanic handyman character from the Disney Channel show of the same name. They posed for pictures together.
 
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Freddy Sanchez turns a double play in the first inning of the Giants' win over the Dodgers. (AP)
Freddy Sanchez turns a double play in the first inning of the Giants' win over the Dodgers. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
San Francisco

E. Velez
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
Eugenio Velez, LF5232001 .277
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5010001 .291
Randy Winn, RF3110102 .265
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .500
   a- John Bowker, PH0100100 .205
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5113004 .320
Bengie Molina, C5010012 .264
Juan Uribe, SS5021000 .292
Travis Ishikawa, 1B4120100 .268
Aaron Rowand, CF5121016 .266
Jonathan Sanchez, P2000021 .054
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
   b- Fred Lewis, PH1111000 .269
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
    Nate Schierholtz, RF1010000 .274
Totals41815834  
a-walked for Affeldt in the 9th
b-doubled for Howry in the 6th
Batting
2B - Eugenio Velez (12, Troncoso), Travis Ishikawa (10, Troncoso), Fred Lewis (21, Troncoso)
HR - Eugenio Velez (5, Padilla), Pablo Sandoval (22, Padilla), Aaron Rowand (15, Billingsley)
RBI - Eugenio Velez 2 (27), Pablo Sandoval 3 (80), Juan Uribe (47), Aaron Rowand (62), Fred Lewis (18)
2-OUT RBI - Eugenio Velez (12), Juan Uribe (7), Aaron Rowand (21), Fred Lewis (12)
SB - Eugenio Velez (8, 2nd base off Padilla/Martin), Nate Schierholtz (3, 2nd base off Billingsley/Martin)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Sandoval-F. Sanchez-Ishikawa, Uribe-Ishikawa
San Francisco Giants
Jonathan Sanchez 4.1544232 4.29
Bob Howry (W,2-6) 0.2000000 3.39
Brandon Medders (H,7) 0.2000110 3.23
Dan Runzler (H,1) 0.2100100 0.00
Sergio Romo (H,10) 1200030 4.15
Jeremy Affeldt (H,31) 0.2000010 1.78
Brian Wilson 1000010 2.65
HBP - Ethier (by Jonathan Sanchez)
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 74-46, Bob Howry 5-4, Brandon Medders 17-9, Dan Runzler 18-11, Sergio Romo 18-14, Jeremy Affeldt 10-5, Brian Wilson 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 2-6, Bob Howry 2-0, Dan Runzler 1-1, Brian Wilson 2-0
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 19, Bob Howry 2, Brandon Medders 3, Dan Runzler 4, Sergio Romo 5, Jeremy Affeldt 2, Brian Wilson 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS3111210 .255
Russell Martin, C5000013 .256
Andre Ethier, RF3210012 .283
Manny Ramirez, LF4123020 .304
Matt Kemp, CF3020101 .307
Casey Blake, 3B3010102 .281
James Loney, 1B4000015 .279
Orlando Hudson, 2B3010012 .288
   a- Jim Thome, PH1000012 .247
    Juan Castro, 2B0000000 .284
Vicente Padilla, P1000010 .182
   b- Mark Loretta, PH1000000 .222
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
   c- Ronnie Belliard, PH1000001 .260
    Chad Billingsley, P0000000 .192
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .333
   d- Juan Pierre, PH1000000 .313
Totals3348449  
a-struck out for Hudson in the 8th
b-flied out for Padilla in the 5th
c-popped out for Belisario in the 7th
d-grounded out for Mota in the 9th
Batting
2B - Manny Ramirez (22, Sanchez)
HR - Rafael Furcal (8, Sanchez), Manny Ramirez (19, Sanchez)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (40), Manny Ramirez 3 (59)
2-OUT RBI - Manny Ramirez (16)
SB - Matt Kemp (34, 2nd base off Sanchez/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Blake-Hudson-Loney, Blake-Hudson-Loney
E - Andre Ethier (5, Throwing), Orlando Hudson (8, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Vicente Padilla 5844132 4.52
Ramon Troncoso (L,4-4) 0.2322010 2.75
Ronald Belisario 1.1000000 1.92
Chad Billingsley 1.2422201 4.05
Guillermo Mota 0.1000000 3.32
Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 90-64, Ramon Troncoso 15-11, Ronald Belisario 12-7, Chad Billingsley 47-25, Guillermo Mota 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 7-4, Ronald Belisario 4-0, Chad Billingsley 2-3
Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 23, Ramon Troncoso 5, Ronald Belisario 4, Chad Billingsley 11, Guillermo Mota 1
Game Information
Attendance - 53679
Game Time - 3:38
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Tim Tschida