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Dodgers hang on, take three of four from Giants

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LOS ANGELES -- A day after getting thumped in a 10-0 loss, the Los Angeles Dodgers demonstrated their resilience, putting runs on the board early and then rallying late.

Marcus Thames tripled in the go-ahead run during a four-run seventh inning and the Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 7-5 on Sunday night, taking three of four from the defending World Series champions for the first time since 2001.

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"That's the plan, try to win every series," Matt Kemp said. "I know we can't win every game, but we can try to win every series."

The Dodgers scored all four runs off reliever Dan Runzler (0-1).

Pinch-hitter Aaron Miles followed Thames' clutch hit with a single to right, scoring pinch-runner Tony Gwynn Jr. Rafael Furcal doubled deep to right center, scoring Miles and making it 6-3. They added another run on Andre Ethier's single.

"I like the way we bounced back," first-time Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

Hiroki Kuroda (1-0) allowed three runs and six hits -- including homers to Pablo Sandoval and Pat Burrell -- in seven innings. He struck out five, walked none and retired 14 consecutive batters during one stretch.

"Everybody wanted to get this guy a win. He pitched well, he deserved it," Mattingly said.

Jonathan Broxton pitched the ninth to earn his third save in as many games and 80th of his career, although he gave up a leadoff homer to pinch-hitter Aaron Rowand.

Kemp hit a two-run homer in the first, when the Dodgers scored three runs off Barry Zito, making his first start four days after hurting his neck and having his car seriously damaged in an accident in West Hollywood on the eve of opening day.

"Considering the severity of the deal, I felt pretty good," he said. "I had pretty good stuff, so I'm definitely encouraged."

Zito, who has missed only two starts in his career, gave up three runs and three hits in six innings, struck out five and walked two.

The left-hander got off to a rough beginning, with Furcal singling on Zito's first pitch of the game when the mound was in half-sun and half-shade.

"I missed a couple of pitches into Furcal and Kemp, and that's where I got hurt," he said. "But I had a lot of pitches from then on and was able to contain the game and give the team a chance."

Lacking an overpowering pitch, the 32-year-old former Cy Young winner needed the Giants defense to play well behind him, but Aubrey Huff didn't.

The right fielder tried to make a diving catch of Jamey Carroll's hit only to watch the ball skip under his mitt and roll behind him for a triple, allowing Furcal to score from first.

"It's a good sign to be able to put it behind us [Saturday's loss] and answer back right away with runs," Carroll said. "It's a good sign how this team can put something behind it. Our goal was to come out and be aggressive early."

After striking out Ethier, Zito gave up the first-pitch home run to Kemp, which put the Dodgers ahead 3-0. He then settled down and retired the next 15 batters.

"We got on him early and after that he started putting pitches where he wanted them," Kemp said.

Huff's defensive misadventures extended to the seventh when he furiously backpedaled, twisting and turning in each direction while trying to track Thames' deep shot that hit his glove and bounced to the wall. Miles' single landed well away from Huff in right center, sending him scrambling.

"The first one I was going for it and thought I had a bead on it, but the shadows were kind of tough and I kind of lost it at the last second," said Huff, who has moved to right after playing first base. "The other one went over my head and was slicing, and I didn't know what the hell was happening after that."

Burrell tied the game at 3 in the seventh with a towering home run into the lower left-field seats. Buster Posey had an RBI single in the sixth for the Giants.

Notes

  • Giants closer Brian Wilson threw to hitters before the game and could be activated from the DL on Wednesday. The team also could decide he needs to face more hitters. "He was letting it go and wasn't hesitating on any pitch," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We don't want to hold him back too long." Wilson has been on the DL with a strained muscle in his left side.
  • Dodgers 3B Juan Uribe returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games with a bruised left elbow.
  • After a travel day Monday, the Giants will continue their season-opening six-game trip at San Diego before opening at home Friday.
 
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Aubrey Huff's difficulties playing right field -- like here on Marcus Thames' triple in the seventh inning -- help L.A. win.  (AP)
Aubrey Huff's difficulties playing right field -- like here on Marcus Thames' triple in the seventh inning -- help L.A. win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

R. Furcal
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF4000001 .214
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4120000 .467
Aubrey Huff, RF5120011 .250
Buster Posey, C4011102 .250
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4111024 .333
Pat Burrell, LF3111110 .143
Brandon Belt, 1B3001110 .154
Miguel Tejada, SS4010003 .235
Barry Zito, P2000010 .000
   a- Mike Fontenot, PH1000001 .000
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
   b- Aaron Rowand, PH1111000 .500
Totals3559536  
a-flied out for Zito in the 7th
b-homered for Lopez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Aubrey Huff (1, Kuo), Miguel Tejada (1, Kuroda)
HR - Pablo Sandoval (1, Kuroda), Pat Burrell (2, Kuroda), Aaron Rowand (1, Broxton)
SH - Freddy Sanchez (1)
RBI - Buster Posey (1), Pablo Sandoval (1), Pat Burrell (2), Brandon Belt (4), Aaron Rowand (1)
2-OUT RBI - Buster Posey (1), Brandon Belt (1)
Team LOB - 8
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Barry Zito 6333251 4.50
Dan Runzler (L,0-1) 0.1444010 15.43
Sergio Romo 0.2100010 0.00
Guillermo Mota 0.2100000 0.00
Javier Lopez 0.1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Barry Zito 83-54, Dan Runzler 19-14, Sergio Romo 11-7, Guillermo Mota 16-10, Javier Lopez 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Barry Zito 6-7, Sergio Romo 1-0, Javier Lopez 1-0
Batters Faced - Barry Zito 23, Dan Runzler 5, Sergio Romo 3, Guillermo Mota 3, Javier Lopez 1
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rafael Furcal, SS4221000 .333
Jamey Carroll, 2B3111111 .300
Andre Ethier, RF3011111 .333
Matt Kemp, CF4112002 .417
Juan Uribe, 3B4010012 .286
James Loney, 1B4110001 .133
Rod Barajas, C4000022 .250
Marcus Thames, LF3011000 .286
    Tony Gwynn Jr., PR-LF1100001 .167
Hiroki Kuroda, P2000020 .000
   a- Aaron Miles, PH1111000 .222
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
    Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Totals3379727  
a-singled for Kuroda in the 7th
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (1, Runzler)
3B - Jamey Carroll (1, Zito), Marcus Thames (1, Runzler)
HR - Matt Kemp (1, Zito)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (2), Jamey Carroll (1), Andre Ethier (1), Matt Kemp 2 (3), Marcus Thames (1), Aaron Miles (1)
2-OUT RBI - Andre Ethier (1)
Team LOB - 4
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hiroki Kuroda (W,1-0) 7633052 3.86
Hong-Chih Kuo 0.2111110 5.40
Matt Guerrier (H,2) 0.1000200 0.00
Jonathan Broxton (S,3) 1211001 6.00
HBP - Torres (by Hiroki Kuroda)
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 84-56, Hong-Chih Kuo 22-13, Matt Guerrier 12-4, Jonathan Broxton 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 8-8, Jonathan Broxton 3-0
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 28, Hong-Chih Kuo 4, Matt Guerrier 3, Jonathan Broxton 5
Game Information
Attendance - 50896
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Field Culbreth