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Los Angeles at San Francisco

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L.A. Dodgers (72-73)010000000140
San Francisco (76-70) «01002500x8110

Giants 8, Dodgers 1

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner didn't have much problem handling the Los Angeles Dodgers while stopping another losing streak for the San Francisco Giants.

Convincing manager Bruce Bochy to let him finish out the season may be a bit more difficult.

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San Francisco's most reliable starter over the last three weeks, Bumgarner has already logged more than 186 innings on the mound this season. With their postseason hopes dimming almost every day, the Giants plan to take a cautious approach the rest of the way with their young left-hander.

"We had a little concern, not much, with how much he pitched the year before," Bochy said after Bumgarner allowed three hits over five innings in San Francisco's 7-1 win Sunday. "I just like where he's at right now. He worked hard today but made some great pitches."

Bumgarner won his fourth straight start, Pablo Sandoval doubled home the go-ahead run in the fifth inning and the Giants beat the Dodgers to avoid a three-game sweep.

Bumgarner (11-12) struck out eight and walked three, matching the longest winning streak of his career and improving to 8-3 with a 2.73 ERA since June 26.

"I'm just making better pitches and having a little better luck at the same time," Bumgarner said while insisting his arm strength is fine despite closing in on the 200-inning mark.

"I don't know if I've gotten stronger. I still feel good. I'm not worried about wins and losses for me. The biggest thing is innings. You want to stay out there and pitch late. That's probably the most important thing."

Six of Bumgarner's victories, including each of the last four, have came after Giants losses.

It's probably too little too late for the defending World Series champions, who snapped a three-game losing streak and trail NL West-leading Arizona by 8½ games. When San Francisco scored two runs in the fifth and five in the sixth, it marked the first time since July 3 that the Giants scored multiple runs in consecutive innings.

Slumping Aubrey Huff had two hits and a bases-loaded walk in his first start since Monday. Sandoval finished with a career-high three doubles, tying a Giants regular-season record at AT&T Park.

"It seems to be starting a little late," Huff said. "You could tell when we got a three-run lead, everyone relaxed and we started scoring more."

Tony Gwynn Jr. doubled in the Dodgers' run but struck out with the potential tying run at second base in the sixth. Los Angeles lost for only the third time in 13 games.

San Francisco had gone 18 consecutive scoreless innings until breaking through against starter Hiroki Kuroda, who had not lost in four previous appearances at the Giants.

Sandoval drove in Jeff Keppinger for a 2-1 lead in the fifth and Huff followed with an RBI single on an 0-2 pitch. In a 5-for-36 (.139) slump coming in, Huff also walked with the bases loaded against Scott Elbert during a five-run sixth.

In the second, Huff doubled leading off after initially thinking he had a home run. The ball hit the top of the fence and bounced back onto the field, but second base umpire John Hirschbeck ruled the ball was still in play. Umpires upheld the call following a video review.

It was reminiscent of San Francisco's win over Texas in Game 2 of the World Series last year when the Rangers' Ian Kinsler hit a ball to almost the same spot as Huff did. Kinsler was also given a double on the play.

Three batters later, Eli Whiteside singled in Huff with San Francisco's first run.

"I was touching first and everybody thought it was a homer," Huff said. "I'm like, 'Homer? I hit it high enough to get out?' I scored, so it's kind of a moot point."

Kuroda (11-16) allowed three runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings, his shortest outing since getting only 12 outs against San Diego on Aug. 2 last year.

"For the most part it looks like he isn't able to locate like he usually does," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Everybody is entitled to this kind of stretch. He's not going to cave in. It's not like he's missing with everything."

Cody Ross hit a bases-loaded double and pinch-hitter Mark De Rosa added a two-run single in the sixth.

Los Angeles scored its lone run in the second and had a chance for more with the bases loaded before Bumgarner worked his way out of it. He got Kuroda to ground into a force play at home then retired Dee Gordon on a comebacker.

The Dodgers managed only four runners the rest of the way and ended their trip 7-3.

Notes

A moment of silence was held before the game to commemorate the victims of 9/11. There was no ceremonial first pitch; instead, Bochy walked out to the field alone and left a ball on the pitching mound. ... The previous San Francisco player to have three doubles in one home game was Nate Schierholtz on Sept. 24, 2008. ... The Giants activated LHP Barry Zito from the 15-day DL. Bochy plans to use Zito as a spot starter and out of the bullpen. ... Eric Surkamp (1-0) pitches for San Francisco in the series opener against San Diego on Monday. The rookie lefty beat the Padres on Sept. 6 for his only career win in the majors. ... Dodgers LHP Ted Lilly (9-13), who tied his season high of nine strikeouts in his previous start, will pitch for Los Angeles in the opener of a three-game set with Arizona.

 
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Players of the Game
San Francisco

P. Sandoval
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
San Francisco

J. Keppinger
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, SS3000113 .277
Jerry Sands, RF4000021 .187
Matt Kemp, CF4000020 .317
Juan Rivera, 1B3000110 .268
Aaron Miles, 2B4110001 .283
Rod Barajas, C2010110 .238
    Tim Federowicz, C1000010 .000
Tony Gwynn Jr., LF4021012 .259
Russ Mitchell, 3B2000110 .147
Hiroki Kuroda, P2000013 .109
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
    Josh Lindblom, P0000000 .000
    Scott Elbert, P0000000 .000
   a- Trent Oeltjen, PH1000000 .230
    Blake Hawksworth, P0000000 .000
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
Totals30141411  
a-flied out for Elbert in the 7th
Batting
2B - Rod Barajas (12, Mota), Tony Gwynn Jr. (12, Bumgarner)
RBI - Tony Gwynn Jr. (22)
CS - Tony Gwynn Jr. (6, 2nd base by Bumgarner/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 6
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hiroki Kuroda (L,11-16) 4.2833130 3.25
Hong-Chih Kuo 0.2022210 9.67
Josh Lindblom0122100 3.00
Scott Elbert 0.2111210 2.70
Blake Hawksworth 1000000 4.38
Ramon Troncoso 1100010 5.59
IBB - Ross by Josh Lindblom, Sandoval by Scott Elbert
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 94-58, Hong-Chih Kuo 22-12, Josh Lindblom 6-1, Scott Elbert 21-10, Blake Hawksworth 11-7, Ramon Troncoso 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 6-5, Hong-Chih Kuo 1-0, Blake Hawksworth 3-0, Ramon Troncoso 2-0
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 23, Hong-Chih Kuo 4, Josh Lindblom 2, Scott Elbert 5, Blake Hawksworth 3, Ramon Troncoso 4
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Cody Ross, CF-LF4110102 .231
Jeff Keppinger, 2B4222001 .294
    Emmanuel Burriss, 2B1000010 .215
Carlos Beltran, RF5000023 .291
    Justin Christian, RF0000000 .077
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4231101 .301
Aubrey Huff, 1B4122102 .244
Brandon Belt, LF2010111 .220
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .111
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark DeRosa, PH1012000 .254
    Steve Edlefsen, P0000000 .000
    Waldis Joaquin, P0000000 .000
Brandon Crawford, SS3100105 .189
Eli Whiteside, C3111111 .207
Madison Bumgarner, P1000011 .098
    Andres Torres, CF1000000 .222
Totals33811866  
a-singled for Runzler in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jeff Keppinger (20, Lindblom), Pablo Sandoval 3 (24, Kuroda, Kuroda, Troncoso), Aubrey Huff (26, Kuroda), Brandon Belt (4, Kuroda)
SH - Madison Bumgarner (11), Andres Torres (4)
RBI - Jeff Keppinger 2 (33), Pablo Sandoval (57), Aubrey Huff 2 (57), Mark DeRosa 2 (7), Eli Whiteside (17)
2-OUT RBI - Pablo Sandoval (18), Aubrey Huff 2 (21), Mark DeRosa 2 (3)
SB - Cody Ross (5, 2nd base off Kuroda/Barajas)
Team LOB - 9
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Madison Bumgarner (W,11-12) 5311380 3.33
Guillermo Mota (H,3) 0.2100110 3.75
Dan Runzler (H,1) 0.1000010 7.54
Steve Edlefsen 1000000 3.24
Waldis Joaquin 2000010 0.00
IBB - Mitchell by Madison Bumgarner
Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 101-61, Guillermo Mota 17-9, Dan Runzler 8-5, Steve Edlefsen 11-7, Waldis Joaquin 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 4-2, Steve Edlefsen 2-1, Waldis Joaquin 4-1
Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 20, Guillermo Mota 4, Dan Runzler 1, Steve Edlefsen 3, Waldis Joaquin 6
Game Information
Attendance - 41466
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - Scott Barry