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Kershaw, Dodgers edge Giants in pitching duel

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Clayton Kershaw pleaded with manager Don Mattingly for one more inning, wanting nothing more than to finish off the rival San Francisco Giants.

It was the only fight he lost all day.

Kershaw was one pitch better than Tim Lincecum in a matchup of All-Star aces, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Giants 1-0 Wednesday.

"I was waffling a little bit, to be honest with you," Mattingly said of taking Kershaw out before the ninth after 111 pitches. "I just felt like he did his job."

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Better than anyone else against the Giants, too.

Kershaw (11-4) allowed three hits in eight innings to help the Dodgers snap a four-game losing streak and six overall to the Giants. He struck out 12 to improve his major league lead to 167 this season.

The hard-throwing lefty lowered his ERA against San Francisco to 1.41, the lowest of any pitcher against the defending World Series champions. He also beat Lincecum on opening day this season.

"We were struggling. We needed a win," he said. "The wins count the same no matter who they're against."

Dioner Navarro's home run off Lincecum (8-8) landed in McCovey Cove and was the only pop Los Angeles showed on a day hitting coach Jeff Pentland was fired. Dave Hansen was promoted on an interim basis for the rest of the season.

Javy Guerra pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.

Lincecum allowed five hits in seven-plus innings in another solid start with little run support. He struck out seven and walked four.

San Francisco's shaggy-haired righty seemed in control on a day he had to be at his dominating best.

Giants All-Star third baseman Pablo Sandoval didn't start because of tightness in his right quadriceps and right fielder Nate Scheirholtz was given the day off. The retooled lineup didn't give Lincecum any room for error.

All it took was one pitch to wash away an otherwise solid start.

Navarro became the 24th opposing player and first this season to hit a home run into McCovey Cove, taking a 1-0 fastball off Lincecum over the right-field wall in the seventh. It was the fourth time Lincecum gave up a splash shot in his career, and the eighth time this season he walked off the mound with his team held scoreless.

"I flinched first," Lincecum said.

Navarro knew the ball was gone the second he hit it, and he found out watching the video replay in the clubhouse that it found the water -- something he's always wanted to do.

"I've been trying to reach that was since day one," Navarro said. "I never could. Not even in batting practice."

That was all the support Los Angeles' ace needed.

The Dodgers committed three errors with some sloppy defense, getting bailed out by Kershaw each time. Navarro twice threw into center field trying to throw out a runner at second only to have Kershaw strand them at third in the first two innings.

Second baseman Jamey Carroll couldn't corral a hard-hit ball by Brandon Belt in the fourth, and the Giants rookie hustled into second. Then Kershaw got Emmanuel Burriss to ground out and end the inning, and San Francisco never got closer.

Notes

  • The Giants optioned C Hector Sanchez to Triple-A Fresno to make room for 2B Jeff Keppinger, who they acquired in a trade with Houston on Tuesday. Keppinger's flight was delayed and he arrived late. He flied out to left in the seventh and stayed in to play second.
  • Injured Giants C Buster Posey made an appearance in the clubhouse before the game. He was still pushing himself around in a makeshift scooter that supports his reconstructed left ankle.
  • The game was the first time this season the Dodgers had three errors. The last came May 25, 2010, in a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs. Kershaw was the starting pitcher that day.
 
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L.A.'s Clayton Kershaw outduels Tim Lincecum of the Giants, striking out 12 while allowing just three hits in eight innings. (AP)
L.A.'s Clayton Kershaw outduels Tim Lincecum of the Giants, striking out 12 while allowing just three hits in eight innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

C. Kershaw
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 12
Los Angeles

D. Navarro
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Tony Gwynn Jr., LF4010102 .262
Rafael Furcal, SS3010111 .171
Andre Ethier, RF3010103 .299
Matt Kemp, CF4000034 .309
Juan Rivera, 1B4010023 .243
    James Loney, 1B0000000 .263
Dioner Navarro, C3111103 .200
Juan Uribe, 3B4000022 .205
Jamey Carroll, 2B2000200 .288
Clayton Kershaw, P2000020 .267
   a- Trent Oeltjen, PH0000000 .257
    Javy Guerra, P0000000 .000
Totals29151610  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Kershaw in the 9th
Batting
2B - Andre Ethier (24, Lincecum), Juan Rivera (12, Lincecum)
HR - Dioner Navarro (3, Lincecum)
SH - Clayton Kershaw (4), Trent Oeltjen (3)
RBI - Dioner Navarro (11)
SB - Tony Gwynn Jr. (13, 3rd base off Lincecum/Stewart)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Jamey Carroll (6, Dropped line drive), Dioner Navarro 2 (4, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Kershaw (W,11-4) 83001120 2.72
Javy Guerra (S,6) 1000010 2.18
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 111-70, Javy Guerra 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 6-7
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 29, Javy Guerra 3
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF4000011 .235
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
Mike Fontenot, 3B3000130 .236
Aaron Rowand, LF-CF3000020 .238
   a- Pablo Sandoval, PH1000000 .313
Cody Ross, RF-LF4000021 .260
Brandon Belt, 1B4000020 .215
Emmanuel Burriss, 2B-SS3010001 .217
Chris Stewart, C3020001 .206
Brandon Crawford, SS2000012 .199
   b- Jeff Keppinger, PH-2B1000001 .305
Tim Lincecum, P2000010 .083
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
   c- Nate Schierholtz, PH-RF1000010 .288
Totals31030113  
a-flied out for Rowand in the 9th
b-lined out for Crawford in the 7th
c-struck out for Romo in the 8th
Batting
SB - Mike Fontenot (4, 3rd base off Kershaw/Navarro), Emmanuel Burriss (10, 3rd base off Kershaw/Navarro)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Fontenot-Burriss-Belt
E - Aaron Rowand (1, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Lincecum (L,8-8) 7511471 2.90
Javier Lopez0000100 2.11
Sergio Romo 1000020 1.91
Santiago Casilla 1000110 1.93
WP - Santiago Casilla (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 111-69, Javier Lopez 6-2, Sergio Romo 9-8, Santiago Casilla 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 7-6, Santiago Casilla 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 29, Javier Lopez 1, Sergio Romo 3, Santiago Casilla 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42487
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Bill Miller