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SAN FRANCISCO -- A.J. Ellis didn't have to do much guessing when he came up to face Giants closer Sergio Romo with the bases loaded in the ninth. Having been a part of this rivalry his entire big league career, Ellis knew exactly what to expect.
He was right.
"It's a great thing about the Dodgers and Giants, there's no secrets," Ellis said. "With Sergio right there, you know what his bread and butter is. You know he's trying to throw a slider. Fortunately for me and for the team I found a ball that I could hit."
With the win, the Dodgers moved into sole possession of second place in the NL West heading into a three-game series with division-leading Arizona.
Ellis' game-winning hit capped a heated series between these two long-time rivals. Players from both sides jawed at one another throughout the three games, and Romo even mocked Dodgers slugger Hanley Ramirez after securing a save on Saturday.
Romo didn't have anything to say after Sunday's game. He quickly dressed then brushed past waiting reporters in the Giants clubhouse without speaking.
The Dodgers didn't seem too concerned about it. Their fourth consecutive series victory moved them ahead of the Giants and Rockies, 4½ games behind the Diamondbacks.
"We need to win games like that," said Kershaw, who improved to 11-4 lifetime against the Giants. "We've shown we can swing the bats and blow some guys out recently. Tight games like that we're going to need a clutch hit and A.J. came through today. That was huge."
Kershaw (8-5), a candidate to start the All-Star game for the National League, wasn't as crisp as he'd been in his previous two starts but still only allowed one run over eight innings. He struck out three and overcame hitting his first batter of the season.
Kenley Jansen worked the ninth for his ninth save.
"He just imposes his will on not just these guys but everybody," Ellis said. "He was attacking the strike zone and keeping them off balance."
Ramirez doubled and tripled to extend his career-high hitting streak to 18 games for Los Angeles while rookie Yasiel Puig added two hits, including a single that started the rally in the ninth.
"There's no question it's a tough loss," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "These guys are resilient and handling this as well as they can."
Puig singled off Romo (3-4) to open the ninth. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a sharp single that first baseman Buster Posey initially knocked down. Posey tried flipping the ball to shortstop Joaquin Arias covering second but threw the ball into left field for an error.
When San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval raced to retrieve the ball, Puig alertly advanced to third. Ramirez was retired on a comebacker, Andre Ethier was intentionally walked to load the bases and Juan Uribe struck out before Ellis lined a two-out double into left-center.
That secured Kershaw's third win over the Giants this season while keeping the NL's ERA leader in line for a possible start in the All-Star game in New York on July 16. Bochy, who will lead the National League, will make the decision.
"I had pretty good command other than [walking] the pitcher," said Kershaw, who has a 0.79 ERA in 10 games at the Giants waterfront stadium. "It's a great park to pitch in. I just like it here."
Gaudin, who had been out since getting hit in the right elbow by a line drive from Miami's Derek Dietrich on June 20, was just as sharp as the Dodgers' three-time All-Star.
He retired 12 of 13 during one stretch and worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the seventh by striking out Uribe before departing. Gaudin finished with nine strikeouts -- his most since June 28, 2009 -- and one intentional walk.
Ramirez tripled leading off the second against Gaudin and Ethier followed with a bloop single to drive in the Dodgers first run.
Puig, who struck out twice in his first three at-bats after fanning four times on Saturday, made a diving catch on a fly ball by Quiroz in the eighth.
|Adrian Gonzalez (left), Yasiel Puig and Andre Ethier exult after scoring the go-ahead runs on AJ Ellis' double in the ninth. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers|
|Carl Crawford, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.284|
|Yasiel Puig, RF||4||1||2||0||0||2||0||.409|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.296|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.410|
|Andre Ethier, CF||2||1||1||1||2||0||0||.263|
|Juan Uribe, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||3||5||.269|
|A.J. Ellis, C||4||0||1||3||0||1||0||.267|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.252|
|Clayton Kershaw, P||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.167|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.274|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for Kershaw in the 9th|
|2B - Hanley Ramirez (9, Gaudin), A.J. Ellis (12, Romo)|
|3B - Hanley Ramirez (2, Gaudin)|
|RBI - Andre Ethier (26), A.J. Ellis 3 (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - A.J. Ellis 3 (6)|
|SB - Yasiel Puig (5, 2nd base off Gaudin/Quiroz)|
|CS - Yasiel Puig (3, 3rd base by Gaudin/Quiroz), Andre Ethier (3, 2nd base by Gaudin/Quiroz)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - H. Ramirez-Ellis-Gonzalez|
|Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers|
|Clayton Kershaw (W,8-5)||8||3||1||1||1||3||0||1.89|
|Kenley Jansen (S,9)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.49|
|WP - Clayton Kershaw (5)|
|HBP - Posey (by Clayton Kershaw)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 100-68, Kenley Jansen 17-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 10-10, Kenley Jansen 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 28, Kenley Jansen 4|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Andres Torres, CF||3||0||0||1||0||1||1||.262|
|Marco Scutaro, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.310|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.259|
|Buster Posey, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.310|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.266|
|Joaquin Arias, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.282|
|Cole Gillespie, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Guillermo Quiroz, C||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.211|
|Chad Gaudin, P||1||0||0||0||1||1||1||.000|
|Tony Abreu, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.320|
|a-grounded out for Lopez in the 8th|
|2B - Joaquin Arias (3, Kershaw), Guillermo Quiroz (4, Kershaw)|
|SF - Andres Torres (4)|
|RBI - Andres Torres (19)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|E - Buster Posey (3, Throwing)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Sergio Romo (L,3-4)||0.2||3||3||3||2||1||0||3.03|
|IBB - Ethier by Chad Gaudin, Ethier by Sergio Romo|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chad Gaudin 92-58, Sandy Rosario 18-11, Javier Lopez 5-5, Sergio Romo 22-9, Jake Dunning 5-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Gaudin 6-4, Sergio Romo 1-0, Jake Dunning 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Chad Gaudin 24, Sandy Rosario 3, Javier Lopez 1, Sergio Romo 7, Jake Dunning 1|
|Attendance - 41094|
|Game Time - 2:47|
|Temperature - 67|
|Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Manny Gonzalez, Third Base - Tony Randazzo|