The Giants beat the Dodgers 7-4 in 10 innings Sunday to take three out of four games in the weekend series. They also sent a message to the rest of the division that the road to an NL West title this year will likely go through San Francisco.
The Giants are 7-3 against the defending division champ Dodgers and have beaten them in all three series the teams have played so far this season.
“We know we can beat them but we’ve got to figure out a way to do it,” Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier said. He went 3 for 4 with two doubles Sunday.
The two teams traded blows in the Mother’s Day matchup but San Francisco landed the knockout shot with three runs in the top of the 10th. Kenley Jansen loaded the bases on a single and two walks. Pablo Sandoval then laced a single to left with a drawn in infield to give the Giants the lead for good, 5-4, but they weren’t done. With the bases still juiced, Hector Sanchez blooped a single to left to score the second run. Buster Posey made it 7-4 when he came home on a wild pitch.
“It’s frustrating when guys get back in that game and three runs score in the tenth, that can’t happen,” Jansen (0-2) said after the game. He took the loss giving up all three runs in the 10th on three hits, he also walked two and struck out one.
“I take it on me and hopefully these guys come back tomorrow and I get back in there and close the game out.”
The Dodgers made it interesting. With two out in the bottom of the 10th Justin turner walked and Scott Van Slyke singled. A wild pitch put runners at second and third but Miguel Olivo struck out to end it.
In the bottom of the ninth, Giants closer Sergio Romo was one out from collecting his 13th save but Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer to tie it, 4-4. It was Romo’s first blown save of the year. He still got the win to improve to 3-0. Jean Machi got the final three outs to pick up his first save.
Tim Hudson started for the Giants. He went six innings and surrendered two runs on eight hits.
Clayton Kershaw had an un-Kershaw like outing. The lefty went seven innings and struck out nine but he also gave up three runs on seven hits. The crushing blow was the two-run homer he gave up to Brandon Hicks in the seventh on an 0-2 pitch. It gave the Giants a 3-2 lead.
“For me to give up that home run after we get the lead right back is disappointing,” Kershaw said afterward. “I feel like the team played so well and I gave it up there at the end.”
His ERA is still a minuscule 1.74.
The Dodgers dropped to 3-7 in extra-inning games, the Giants improved to 6-1 and they’ve won all three they’ve played against LA.