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Sanchez's sac fly in 10th helps Giants top Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES -- From a personal standpoint, wins and losses aren't as important to Ryan Vogelsong as vindication. So is keeping his team in the games he pitches.

On Thursday night, the San Francisco Giants' right-hander succeeded on both counts, pitching into the eighth inning and giving them a chance to pull out a 3-1 victory in 10 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez drove in the decisive run with a sacrifice fly in the opener of a four-game series.

"A lot of my focus right now is not proving people wrong, but proving the people right that believe in me," Vogelsong said. "I know that there's certain people that had a big say in me coming back this year, and I know it was up in the air for a while. ... So I'm just trying to reward the people that wanted me back and prove them right."

Vogelsong yielded one run and five hits through 7 1/3 innings in his seventh start and third against the defending NL West champion Dodgers. The other two were San Francisco victories in which he did not get the decision.

"I'm just trying to make pitches, really," Vogelsong said. "Buster [Posey] called a great game and I was just trying to hit his glove, not overthink it, keep it simple and try to stay with what I've been working on mechanically. I was trying to keep the ball down, be aggressive early and trying to get quick outs."

The Giants are 5-0 in Vogelsong's past five starts against the Dodgers, and he has had a no-decision in all of them.

"I try not to concern myself too much with the wins and losses in my column," he said. "As long as the team wins the game, that's the most important thing."

Brandon Belt added an RBI single for the Giants, who had tied the score at 1 when Brandon Hicks hit a home run off Josh Beckett in the seventh.

J.P. Howell (1-3) issued a one-out walk in the 11th to Angel Pagan, who advanced on a wild pitch by Jamey Wright before the right-hander walked Hunter Pence and Posey.

Sanchez, who came in 1 for 10 as a pinch hitter with seven strikeouts, flied out to the warning track in right field to drive in Pagan. Belt followed with a single to make it 3-1.

Santiago Casilla (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the victory, striking out Yasiel Puig with a runner at second to end the eighth before throwing a perfect ninth. Sergio Romo got three outs for his 11th save in as many chances.

Beckett continued to pitch well despite little run support. The three-time All-Star went 6 2/3 innings, allowing a run and five hits.

It was the fifth consecutive start in which the Dodgers scored fewer than three runs while Beckett was in the game, leaving him with a loss and four no-decisions. He is 0-6 with a 4.12 ERA in 14 starts since his last victory on Sept. 30, 2012, when he beat Colorado 7-1 at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe left the game because of soreness in his right hamstring. He grounded into an inning-ending double play in the seventh and played one more inning in the field.

Los Angeles opened the scoring in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Drew Butera. Hicks hit a home run to left field in the seventh to end a 4-for-30 skid, after striking out his first two times up. It was his sixth home run this season, doubling the total he had in 90 at-bats over the previous three years with Atlanta and Oakland.

"It's one of those things. I hung a curve ball to Hicks. If I had made my pitch, the outcome's different," Beckett said. "The guys played great defense behind me, but we just couldn't come up with that timely hit."

Notes

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said RHP Matt Cain should be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list Saturday -- the day he is eligible to come off -- and start against Zack Greinke after missing two turns in the rotation. Cain hasn't pitched since April 23 because of a cut on the tip of his index finger, which occurred in the clubhouse kitchen at AT&T Park when he tried to catch a knife that fell out of his hand. ... In the previous three-game series between the teams in mid-April at San Francisco, the Giants and Dodgers combined for just 11 runs while the Giants took two of three. ... Pablo Sandoval hasn't driven home a run in 18 games and 61 at-bats since his RBI single against Howell on April 16 at San Francisco. Sandoval has two hits in his past 23 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

 
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Hector Sanchez follows the arc of his fly ball in the 10th inning, which scores Angel Pagan and puts the Giants ahead to stay.  (Getty Images)
Hector Sanchez follows the arc of his fly ball in the 10th inning, which scores Angel Pagan and puts the Giants ahead to stay. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

R. Vogelsong
IP 7.1
H 5
ER 1
BB 2
K 2
Los Angeles

J. Beckett
IP 6.2
H 5
ER 1
BB 3
K 4
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF4110101 .318
Hunter Pence, RF4110102 .255
Buster Posey, C2000302 .286
Michael Morse, LF3000112 .286
   Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
   a-Hector Sanchez, PH0001000 .240
   Joaquin Arias, 3B0000000 .163
Brandon Belt, 1B5011023 .264
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5010002 .175
   Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
Brandon Crawford, SS3000121 .257
Brandon Hicks, 2B4111032 .200
Ryan Vogelsong, P3010001 .143
   Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   Gregor Blanco, LF1000000 .105
Totals3436378  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Casilla in the 10th
Batting
2B - Angel Pagan (8, Beckett), Pablo Sandoval (5, Beckett), Ryan Vogelsong (1, Beckett)
HR - Brandon Hicks (6, Beckett)
SF - Hector Sanchez (3)
RBI - Hector Sanchez (15), Brandon Belt (18), Brandon Hicks (12)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Belt (9)
CS - Buster Posey (1, 2nd base by Withrow/Butera)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Crawford-Belt, Crawford-Belt-Crawford-Hicks-Belt
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Vogelsong 7.1511220 3.93
Jeremy Affeldt 0.1000000 0.00
Santiago Casilla (W,1-0) 1.1000020 0.86
Sergio Romo (S,11) 1000000 1.76
HBP - Ethier (by Sergio Romo)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 104-64, Jeremy Affeldt 2-1, Santiago Casilla 20-11, Sergio Romo 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 11-7, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, Santiago Casilla 2-0, Sergio Romo 2-1
Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 27, Jeremy Affeldt 1, Santiago Casilla 4, Sergio Romo 4
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, 2B4010000 .338
Yasiel Puig, RF3010111 .310
Hanley Ramirez, SS4000001 .261
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000002 .273
Matt Kemp, CF4110020 .250
   Jamey Wright, P0000000 .000
Carl Crawford, LF3010110 .257
Juan Uribe, 3B3000002 .306
   Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
   J.P. Howell, P0000000 .000
   Andre Ethier, CF0000000 .248
Drew Butera, C2001000 .211
   a-Scott Van Slyke, PH1000000 .262
Josh Beckett, P2000001 .000
   Chris Withrow, P0000000 .000
   b-Chone Figgins, PH-3B2010001 .167
Totals3215124  
a-grounded out for Butera in the 10th
b-singled for Withrow in the 8th
Batting
SF - Drew Butera (1)
RBI - Drew Butera (5)
SB - Dee Gordon (21, 2nd base off Vogelsong/Posey)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
PB - Drew Butera (4)
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Beckett 6.2511341 2.80
Chris Withrow 1.1000120 0.53
Kenley Jansen 1000020 3.12
J.P. Howell (L,1-3) 0.1011100 2.77
Jamey Wright 0.2111200 3.26
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 107-66, Chris Withrow 24-14, Kenley Jansen 13-8, J.P. Howell 10-4, Jamey Wright 19-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 10-6, Kenley Jansen 1-0, Jamey Wright 1-1
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 28, Chris Withrow 4, Kenley Jansen 3, J.P. Howell 2, Jamey Wright 5
Game Information
Attendance - 43068
Game Time - 3:47
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Will Little, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Ted Barrett