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Giants top Dodgers, gain ground in wild-card chase

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LOS ANGELES -- A couple of September call-ups are giving the San Francisco Giants an offensive boost in their last-gasp bid for a playoff berth.

Justin Christian had a three hits and drove in three runs -- all with two outs -- and Brent Pill went 3 for 5 with two RBI in an 8-5 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.

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"It's nice to see these guys called up and making the contribution," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "They're doing what you hoped to see and that's showing they can play in the major leagues."

Christian, who had his contract purchased from Triple-A Fresno on Sept. 5, is 5 for 8 in the first two games of the series. Pill, who played with Christian in Fresno, also scored twice.

"It's awesome," he said of his success. "I feel pretty relaxed, not trying to do too much."

Pill grew up rooting for the Dodgers against the Giants.

"It's fun to be part of it and help the team," he said.

The Giants can use all the help they can get at this point.

Any combination of two Arizona victories or Giants losses would eliminate the defending World Series champions from the NL West race. San Francisco trails Atlanta by 3½ games for the NL wild-card spot.

"We're in the mode right now where we got to win every game," Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong said. "The mood is try and win every night and see what happens."

Los Angeles had its four-game winning streak ended as it dropped back to .500.

Vogelsong (12-7) allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings, struck out three and walked one in extending his career-high victory total. The All-Star right-hander has gone 3-6 in his past nine starts after being 9-1 through his first 20 games.

"I just started missing a little in the fifth," he said. "They were pitches I wanted. I just didn't put them where I wanted to."

After giving up an RBI single to James Loney in the ninth, Brian Wilson earned his 36th save in 41 chances, and his first since Aug. 13 after a stint on the disabled list.

The Giants had their season-high eight-game winning streak snapped in the series opener Tuesday, but have won 11 of 15.

They scored three runs with two outs in the first on RBI singles by Pill and Mike Fontenot. Christian's two-run double with two outs in the fourth increased their lead to 5-0.

The Dodgers got to 5-4 in the fifth on Jamey Carroll's RBI single and Matt Kemp's three-run homer.

Bolstering his bid for the NL MVP award, Kemp hit his 35th home run to tie Atlanta's Dan Uggla for second in the league. Kemp overtook Philadelphia's Ryan Howard for the league lead in RBI with 116 and he surpassed Milwaukee's Ryan Braun for the runs lead with 106. He singled in the ninth for his 183rd hit.

Dana Eveland (2-2) gave up five runs and six hits in four innings, struck out one and walked three in his fourth start for the Dodgers this season. The left-hander fell to 3-1 in his career against the Giants after having blanked them for seven innings of a 3-0 victory on Sept. 10.

"I think on all three of my walks I was ahead in the count. I just struggled putting guys away," he said. "It wasn't so much the hits that I gave up in those situations. It was how I got into those situations that really bothers me. I don't like to walk people, especially from an 0-2 or 1-2 count. I was overthrowing some pitches, just trying to do too much."

San Francisco extended its lead to 6-4 with two outs in the sixth on Christian's RBI single. The Giants added two runs in the seventh on Pill's RBI double and a sacrifice fly by Mark DeRosa.

Notes

Giants RF Carlos Beltran left the game with a right foot contusion after being hit by a pitch in the third. He doubled in the first to extend his hitting streak to nine games. Bochy said he expects Beltran to play in the series finale Thursday. ... Vogelsong improved to 6-1 on the road this season. ... Kemp's home run was the 94th given up by the Giants this season, fewest in the majors. ... Dodgers SS Dee Gordon extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single in the first, while RF Jerry Sands' streak extended to nine games with a single in the eighth.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

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

J. Christian
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Justin Christian, CF-RF5033010 .258
Jeff Keppinger, 2B5010015 .281
    Emmanuel Burriss, PR-2B0000000 .212
Carlos Beltran, RF2110010 .304
    Andres Torres, CF1110100 .219
Brett Pill, 1B5232002 .333
Brandon Belt, LF3100213 .212
Mark DeRosa, 3B3221113 .260
Mike Fontenot, SS4012001 .221
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
   a- Pablo Sandoval, PH1000003 .308
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Chris Stewart, C3100102 .209
Ryan Vogelsong, P1000010 .216
   b- Conor Gillaspie, PH0000100 .273
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .111
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Crawford, SS1000000 .199
Totals34812866  
a-lined out for Romo in the 9th
b-walked for Vogelsong in the 6th
Batting
2B - Justin Christian (3, Eveland), Carlos Beltran (39, Eveland), Brett Pill (2, Kuo)
SF - Mark DeRosa (1)
SH - Ryan Vogelsong (5)
RBI - Justin Christian 3 (4), Brett Pill 2 (8), Mark DeRosa (10), Mike Fontenot 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Christian 3 (3), Brett Pill (2), Mike Fontenot 2 (7)
SB - Emmanuel Burriss (11, 2nd base off Ely/Ellis)
CS - Brett Pill (1, 2nd base by Hawksworth/Ellis)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Vogelsong-Fontenot-Pill
E - Brandon Belt (3, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Vogelsong (W,12-7) 5944131 2.81
Guillermo Mota (H,4) 1000010 3.81
Ramon Ramirez 0.2100020 2.74
Javier Lopez 0.2100010 2.75
Sergio Romo 0.2000020 1.37
Santiago Casilla 0.2111100 1.84
Brian Wilson (S,36) 0.1100000 3.11
HBP - Velez (by Ryan Vogelsong)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 104-67, Guillermo Mota 20-15, Ramon Ramirez 16-12, Javier Lopez 14-8, Sergio Romo 6-6, Santiago Casilla 24-15, Brian Wilson 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 5-6, Santiago Casilla 2-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 25, Guillermo Mota 3, Ramon Ramirez 3, Javier Lopez 3, Sergio Romo 2, Santiago Casilla 4, Brian Wilson 2
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, SS5120010 .294
Jamey Carroll, 2B4121000 .288
Matt Kemp, CF4223111 .322
Juan Rivera, LF4000112 .264
James Loney, 1B5031001 .288
Aaron Miles, 3B5020013 .280
Jerry Sands, RF4010024 .249
A.J. Ellis, C4010023 .263
Dana Eveland, P1000002 .000
    Blake Hawksworth, P0000000 .000
   a- Eugenio Velez, PH0100000 .000
    Josh Lindblom, P0000000 .000
   b- Trent Oeltjen, PH1000000 .215
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
    Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
   c- Rod Barajas, PH1000011 .229
    John Ely, P0000000 .000
Totals38513529  
a-hit by pitch for Hawksworth in the 5th
b-popped out for Lindblom in the 6th
c-struck out for Troncoso in the 8th
Batting
HR - Matt Kemp (35, Vogelsong)
SH - Jamey Carroll (8)
RBI - Jamey Carroll (15), Matt Kemp 3 (116), James Loney (63)
2-OUT RBI - James Loney (33)
SB - Dee Gordon (23, 2nd base off Vogelsong/Stewart)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Miles-Carroll-Loney, Carroll-Gordon-Loney, Carroll-Gordon-Loney, Ellis-Gordon
E - Aaron Miles (9, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dana Eveland (L,2-2) 4655310 3.75
Blake Hawksworth 1100020 4.13
Josh Lindblom 1211110 2.89
Hong-Chih Kuo 0.1122100 9.72
Matt Guerrier 0.2000000 3.99
Ramon Troncoso 1000010 4.84
John Ely 1200110 4.63
IBB - Belt by John Ely
HBP - Beltran (by Dana Eveland)
Pitches-Strikes - Dana Eveland 70-44, Blake Hawksworth 12-8, Josh Lindblom 19-10, Hong-Chih Kuo 16-10, Matt Guerrier 9-5, Ramon Troncoso 14-10, John Ely 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dana Eveland 9-0, Josh Lindblom 1-1, Ramon Troncoso 1-1, John Ely 1-1
Batters Faced - Dana Eveland 20, Blake Hawksworth 3, Josh Lindblom 6, Hong-Chih Kuo 3, Matt Guerrier 2, Ramon Troncoso 3, John Ely 6
Game Information
Attendance - 32334
Game Time - 3:45
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn