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Giants edge Dodgers, move within half-game of Padres

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SAN FRANCISCO -- When Matt Cain and Chad Billingsley were locked in a scoreless duel in the seventh inning, it was just another typical game for the San Francisco Giants.

Mike Fontenot then delivered the key hit with a two-out RBI single in the seventh inning that sent the Giants to a 2-1 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.

The Giants have allowed only four runs in their past five games, but have won only three of those because of a pair of 1-0 losses. They also won a 1-0 game in that span.

Postseason Chase

Then they had this tight duel that featured strong outings from both starters.

"That's kind of our way," manager Bruce Bochy said. "The slogan: Giants baseball, torture. Or whatever it is. It's the way we do things. It's good for these guys because you can't lose your concentration or focus out there when you're in games like this."

The Giants won for the 10th time in 14 games to move within a half-game of first-place San Diego in the NL West. San Francisco is also a half-game behind Atlanta in the wild-card race.

The Giants blew plenty of scoring chances before finally breaking through against Billingsley (11-10) in the seventh to end a streak of 29 2/3 innings without an earned run against the right-hander.

Travis Ishikawa started it with a one-out double as a pinch hitter for Cain, who had thrown seven scoreless innings. The hit snapped a 13 at-bat hitless streak and was Ishikawa's first hit since Aug. 18.

Pinch-runner Emmanuel Burriss moved to third on a wild pitch, but it looked as if the Giants might waste another scoring opportunity against Billingsley when Eugenio Velez hit a comebacker for the second out. That's when Fontenot delivered with his soft single to center field.

"That couldn't have played out any better than to have Ishi come in to get that double and for us to be able to get him in," Cain said. "He really did a great job."

Billingsley allowed six hits and walked two in seven innings, striking out seven. He lost to San Francisco for the first time in five starts this season but still has an 0.74 ERA against the Giants in 2010.

"Matt was throwing a good game also and I knew I had to match him," Billingsley said. "He just fought off the pitch and was able to get it over the infield. I executed my pitches, just the results weren't there."

San Francisco added an insurance run in the eighth when Aubrey Huff doubled and scored on Pablo Sandoval's grounder.

Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless eighth and Brian Wilson allowed a two-out home run to Andre Ethier in the ninth before getting his 43rd save in 47 chances.

The Dodgers have scored only 21 runs in their past 10 games and the lack of offense is derailing their chance at a third consecutive division title.

"Leaving spring training, I thought that was going to be our strong suit," manager Joe Torre said. "I really didn't know where the pitching was going to wind up ... but I thought if there was one thing we were able to take for granted it was that we were going to be productive. Actually the first half if you look at some numbers, we were third or fourth in runs scored. Then the second half has been a complete reversal of that."

Cain (12-10) gave up three hits, walked none and didn't allow a runner to get past first base. He beat the Dodgers for the second time in three starts after going winless in his first 14 games against Los Angeles.

The teams picked up where they left off from the opener of the series when Clayton Kershaw beat the Giants 1-0 on an unearned run that scored on an error by shortstop Juan Uribe. The Dodgers won despite getting only one hit against Barry Zito and the bullpen. The Giants became the first team in 39 years to lose two games in one season when allowing one or fewer hits, having lost the same way to San Diego on April 20.

The Giants threatened against Billingsley, but couldn't break through until the seventh. They loaded the bases in the first inning before Sandoval struck out for the third out. Fontenot hit a drive to the warning track in left field with two on and two outs in the fifth, and Billingsley struck out Sandoval and got Cody Ross to fly out to center with two on in the sixth.

Notes

  • The Kansas City Royals lost twice in 1971 in games they allowed only one hit.
  • San Francisco leads the majors with a 1.55 ERA this month.
  • Giants RF Jose Guillen had an epidural for a bulging disk in his neck and could be available Thursday.
  • Dodgers 2B Ryan Theriot is hitless in his past 25 at-bats, including a close play at first base on an attempt for a bunt single in the sixth.
 
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Despite Rod Barajas' effort, Aubrey Huff is safe, giving the Giants what turns out to be a much-needed insurance run.  (Getty Images)
Despite Rod Barajas' effort, Aubrey Huff is safe, giving the Giants what turns out to be a much-needed insurance run. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

M. Cain
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 0
K 5
Los Angeles

C. Billingsley
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 2
K 7
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rafael Furcal, SS4000001 .303
Ryan Theriot, 2B4000011 .275
Andre Ethier, RF4121000 .288
Jay Gibbons, LF4000021 .300
Casey Blake, 3B3000011 .253
James Loney, 1B3010001 .278
Matt Kemp, CF3000011 .250
Rod Barajas, C3000010 .235
Chad Billingsley, P2010010 .145
   a- John Lindsey, PH1000000 .143
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
    Kenley Jansen, P00000001.000
Totals3114107  
a-flied out for Billingsley in the 8th
Batting
HR - Andre Ethier (22, Wilson)
RBI - Andre Ethier (75)
2-OUT RBI - Andre Ethier (17)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Ryan Theriot (10, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chad Billingsley (L,11-10) 7611270 3.55
George Sherrill0111100 6.48
Kenley Jansen 1000010 0.92
IBB - Posey by George Sherrill
WP - Chad Billingsley (4), Kenley Jansen (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 113-72, George Sherrill 6-2, Kenley Jansen 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 9-5, Kenley Jansen 1-2
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 29, George Sherrill 2, Kenley Jansen 4
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eugenio Velez, LF3000101 .180
Mike Fontenot, 2B4011002 .284
Aubrey Huff, 1B3110120 .292
Buster Posey, C3020100 .324
Juan Uribe, SS4020002 .254
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4001025 .263
Cody Ross, CF4000024 .259
Nate Schierholtz, RF4000022 .251
Matt Cain, P1000000 .100
   a- Travis Ishikawa, PH1010000 .268
    Emmanuel Burriss, PR0100000 .500
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Totals3127238  
a-doubled for Cain in the 7th
Batting
2B - Aubrey Huff (33, Sherrill), Travis Ishikawa (11, Billingsley)
SH - Matt Cain (9)
RBI - Mike Fontenot (23), Pablo Sandoval (60)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Fontenot (5)
CS - Mike Fontenot (3, 2nd base by Billingsley/Barajas)
Team LOB - 9
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Cain (W,12-10) 7300050 3.08
Sergio Romo (H,16) 1000000 2.37
Brian Wilson (S,43) 1111021 1.90
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 91-61, Sergio Romo 6-6, Brian Wilson 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 4-12, Sergio Romo 1-2
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 24, Sergio Romo 3, Brian Wilson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 34685
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom