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Vogelsong outduels Kershaw, helps Giants move within one game of Dodgers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Vogelsong picked up where Barry Zito left off and the San Francisco Giants had the Los Angeles Dodgers once again searching for answers and runs.

Vogelsong pitched seven innings to outduel San Francisco nemesis Clayton Kershaw for the second time this season and Melky Cabrera hit a home run to help the Giants move within a game of Los Angeles for first place in the NL West with a 2-0 victory Tuesday night.

Vogelsong (7-3) followed Zito's seven innings Monday in an 8-0 victory in the series opener with his own gem, marking the first time the Dodgers had been blanked in consecutive games in San Francisco since 1987 and for the second time ever.

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"It's hard to do, especially against a good club," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Our pitching has been right on in this series. Vogey was tough today, good stuff, good command."

Cabrera's leadoff home run in the fourth snapped Kershaw's streak of 35 2/3 consecutive innings in San Francisco without allowing an earned run to the delight of the sellout crowd chanting "BEAT L-A! BEAT L-A!" all night. Pablo Sandoval added an RBI single for the Giants, who haven't been this close to first place since after the first day of the season.

Kershaw (5-4) allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings but got no support from the Dodgers' struggling hitters who sorely miss injured slugger Matt Kemp.

Los Angeles has dropped seven of eight on a nine-game California road trip that concludes Wednesday against the Giants, getting outscored 35-13 in the process.

"You get shut out a couple days and there's frustration," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "That's natural. It's my job to make sure we keep going."

Kershaw had won six straight decisions against the Giants, allowing earned runs in just two of those seven outings before falling 2-1 at home on May 8 when Brett Pill hit a two-run homer and Vogelsong shut down the Dodgers for 7 1/3 innings.

San Francisco used a similar formula to get to the reigning NL Cy Young winner in this game with Cabrera providing the power and Vogelsong once again delivering a stellar start.

"I feel like I have something to prove every game," Vogelsong said. "Just because I came out on the right side in two games with him that doesn't change. But it's definitely a step in the right direction."

As stingy as Kershaw has been in his career in San Francisco, Vogelsong has been almost as tough. He allowed seven hits and lowered his home ERA to 1.85 in his two seasons with the Giants, second to only to the Angels' Jered Weaver (1.55) in that span.

Jeremy Affeldt pitched a perfect eighth and Santiago Casilla finished for his 21st save in 23 chances.

Kershaw had struck out four in setting down the Giants for the first three innings. That all started to change on the second pitch of the fourth inning when Cabrera sent a drive that just cleared the wall in left-center for the first homer Kershaw had allowed in seven appearances in San Francisco.

The Giants didn't stop there, getting three more hits in the inning with Sandoval adding an RBI single before Kershaw escaped a bases-loaded jam by striking out Vogelsong and Gregor Blanco to end the inning.

"Tonight I blinked first and it cost us," Kershaw said. "I think we are frustrated but we have to take that anger and aggression to the field and keep coming every day. It doesn't matter who we're playing if we're not winning games. We just have to start playing better baseball."

Kershaw pitched out of trouble again in the fifth, surviving a line drive off his leg by Buster Posey, but it turned out not to matter the way Vogelsong handled the Dodgers hitters.

"We figured this would be a low-scoring game," Bochy said. "We found a way to get a couple of runs against a pitcher who has been hard on us. That's the only way we beat him a couple of times. Score a couple of runs and get a well-pitched game."

Notes

  • Dave Dravecky and Mike LaCoss shut out the Dodgers on consecutive days in San Francisco in 1987, with LaCoss going 10 innings for his 1-0 victory on Aug. 16.
  • The Giants had back-to-back shutouts against the Dodgers in Los Angeles in April 2002.
  • Giants RHP Matt Cain gave his cap, spikes, a ball and other memorabilia from his perfect game on June 13 to the Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony. He was also given a key to the city by Mayor Ed Lee, who declared that June 13 will now be "Matt Cain Day" in San Francisco.
  • RHP Tim Lincecum (2-8) will look to snap a 10-start winless streak when he takes the mound for San Francisco in the series finale Wednesday against RHP Chad Billingsley (4-6).
 
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The Giants, who were 7 1/2 games behind the Dodgers a month ago, celebrate back-to-back shutouts of L.A.  (AP)
The Giants, who were 7 1/2 games behind the Dodgers a month ago, celebrate back-to-back shutouts of L.A. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

M. Cabrera
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Los Angeles

T. Gwynn
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, SS3000111 .230
Elian Herrera, 3B4000011 .256
Andre Ethier, RF4010000 .291
Juan Rivera, 1B4010011 .261
Bobby Abreu, LF3000111 .267
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B4010002 .308
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF4020002 .259
A.J. Ellis, C3020012 .293
Clayton Kershaw, P2000003 .167
   a- James Loney, PH1000002 .244
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Josh Lindblom, P0000000 .000
Totals3207025  
a-flied out for Kershaw in the 7th
Batting
2B - Andre Ethier (23, Vogelsong)
CS - Dee Gordon (8, 2nd base by Vogelsong/Posey)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Herrera-Hairston-J. Rivera
E - Juan Rivera (2, Missed catch of throw)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Kershaw (L,5-4) 6822281 2.74
Todd Coffey 1000100 4.41
Josh Lindblom 1000000 3.28
IBB - Arias by Clayton Kershaw
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 101-63, Todd Coffey 10-5, Josh Lindblom 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 5-5, Todd Coffey 2-0
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 28, Todd Coffey 3, Josh Lindblom 3
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, RF4010014 .258
Ryan Theriot, 2B4010021 .267
Melky Cabrera, LF2111200 .352
Buster Posey, C4020001 .298
Angel Pagan, CF4100002 .294
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4011013 .314
    Brandon Crawford, SS0000000 .224
Brandon Belt, 1B4010011 .261
Joaquin Arias, SS-3B2000110 .247
Ryan Vogelsong, P3010023 .077
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
Totals3128238  
Batting
2B - Buster Posey (14, Kershaw), Brandon Belt (12, Kershaw)
HR - Melky Cabrera (7, Kershaw)
RBI - Melky Cabrera (37), Pablo Sandoval (23)
SB - Gregor Blanco (13, 2nd base off Kershaw/Ellis), Angel Pagan (13, 2nd base off Kershaw/Ellis)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Theriot-Belt
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Vogelsong (W,7-3) 7700130 2.23
Jeremy Affeldt (H,7) 1000010 2.48
Santiago Casilla (S,21) 1000110 2.70
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 97-63, Jeremy Affeldt 9-7, Santiago Casilla 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 9-7, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 27, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Santiago Casilla 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42664
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom