The Dodgers’ Stephen Fife had another strong outing, lasting 6.2 innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts. It was his second outing in six starts this season that he has given up more than two runs.
Fife gave up solo shot to Buster Posey in the fourth, and back-to-back singles in the fifth to Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt. A wild pitch from Fife advanced the runners, allowing Pence to score on a ground out to Andre Torres.
In the seventh, Fife gave up another solo shot, this time to Brandon Belt. It was his third earned run of the night.
The Dodger offense had 11 hits for six runs, and left five runners on base. The scoring started when Tim Federowicz led off the third inning with a double, followed with a two-run homer by Mark Ellis. It was his fourth home run of the year and first since June 10th.
In the bottom of the sixth with one out, the Dodgers got five straight hits and scored four runs. Adrian Gonzalez started it off with a double, and was followed by a home run off the foul pole from Hanley Ramirez.
Then Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier both singled, and Tim Federowicz got the team's fifth-straight hit with an RBI single to score Kemp. The last run scored on a bad pick-off attempt to first base allowing Ethier to cross the plate, making the score 6-2.
The bullpen was given 2.1 innings to convert the win. J.P. Howell and Ronald Belisario both pitched scoreless innings, but Brandon League was brought in for the save, since Kenley Jansen was unavailable after pitching the last three nights.
League pitched to three batters, and gave up three hits for two runs, making the score 6-5. Paco Rodriguez came in with a runner on and no outs, and got out of the inning in nail-biting fashion with a strikeout and a fly out to the warning track caught by Matt Kemp.
Stephen Fife got his second win of the season, and Paco Rodriguez earned his first save.
The series with San Francisco concludes on Wednesday as the Dodgers send Clayton Kershaw out to face Tim Lincecum. With a win the Dodgers would have their first series sweep since April 7th.