Charged with the task of getting the series split, Clayton Kershaw’s first inning didn’t quite go as desired. Angel Pagan hit a leadoff single, which was followed by a Hunter Pence single. Kershaw induced a double play, but then allowed a two-out RBI double to Pablo Sandoval.
Tim Hudson retired the first five batters before Andre Ethier hit a two-out double to the left-center gap in the second inning. With an opportunity to tie the game, Justin Turner grounded out to shortstop to end the inning. After allowing the double to Sandoval, Kershaw settled in to retire 13-straight Giants, picking up six strikeouts along the way.
Ethier led off the fifth inning with his second double of the day that was also just the Dodgers’ third hit of the game. After advancing to third on a Turner ground out, Ethier was nailed at the plate as he attempted to score on a Drew Butera grounder to second. Kershaw followed with a two-out single to move Butera to second and the Dodgers’ inability to drive runners home continued as Dee Gordon struck out.
Matt Kemp made a diving catch on a ball hit by Hudson in the left-center gap that loomed large with Pagan following with a double. Kershaw picked up his seventh strikeout of the game and got out of the inning with the Dodgers still trailing by one run.
Yasiel Puig ignited the crowd as he tied the game with a solo home run that reached the back wall of the Dodger bullpen. Hanley Ramirez hit a gift-double that go through the Giants’ shift and came around to score on an Adrian Gonzalez single that gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. Gonzalez was waived home on a Turner single to center but was thrown out at the plate.
The decision to send Gonzalez home was costly as the Giants reclaimed the lead on a two-run Brandon Hicks homer in the seventh. Jeremy Affeldt relieved Hudson and retired the two hitters he faced before turning the ball over to Santiago Casilla, who allowed a single to Puig, but then got Ramirez to ground out to end the inning.
Chris Withrow took over for Kershaw in the eighth and allowed the Giants to increase their lead to 4-2. Casilla remained on the mound for the Giants and worked out of a jam after allowing back-to-back singles with one out. Still trailing by two runs, Jamey Wright replaced Withrow in the ninth and after putting two runners on, he ended the inning by getting Brandon Crawford looking.
Giants closer Sergio Romo came on in the bottom of the ninth and blew the save as Gordon hit a one-out double that the Dodgers cashed in on with a Ramirez two-run line drive homer that tied the game. As was the case earlier in the game, the Dodgers were unable to keep the Giants at bay one inning after tying the game.
The Giants hit back-to-back singles off Kenley Jansen, who then issued an intentional walk to load the bases. Sandoval broke the tie with an RBI single and Hector Sanchez added another run on a bloop single to left. J.P. Howell then relieved Jansen and allowed a run to score on a wild pitch before the Dodgers could get out of the inning. Jean Machi pitched the 10th and earned the save in the 7-4 win despite issuing a walk and allowing a single.
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