LOS ANGELES – Ted Lilly outpitched Barry Zito through six innings and Los Angeles beat the error-prone San Francisco Giants 9-1 on Monday night in the Dodgers' first home game since changing ownership last week.
Lilly (4-0) allowed a run and four hits, walked two and struck out six. It's the first time the 36-year-old two-time All-Star has won his first four decisions of a season in a big league career that began in 1999 with the Montreal Expos.
New Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson helped get the game started. After a ceremony that included Jackie Robinson's widow Rachel, the former Lakers great stepped up to a microphone set behind home plate and screamed: "It's time for Dodger Baseball!" and the announced crowd of 43,713 roared its approval.
The Dodgers didn't disappoint.
First baseman James Loney, 2 for 28 with seven strikeouts against Zito, wasn't in the starting lineup on his 28th birthday. But he came in for defense in the eighth, replacing Juan Rivera with the Dodgers ahead 4-1, and made a brilliant diving stop of Hector Sanchez's grounder up the line before tossing to Josh Lindblom at the bag to strand runners at the corners.
The Dodgers tacked on five runs in the eighth against an injury-depleted Giants bullpen that was further hurt on Monday by the announcement of Guillermo Mota's 100-game suspension for a second violation of baseball's drug policy. The rally included a two-run single by Andre Ethier, who leads the NL with 30 RBIs.
Zito (1-1) gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings, only the second time in 19 games that a Giants starting pitcher has allowed more than three earned runs. The hard-luck left-hander has a 2.21 ERA in six starts, but the Giants have totaled only five runs over his last three outings.
Giants leadoff hitter Angel Pagan was 0 for 5 and didn't hit a ball out of the infield, ending his hitting streak at 20 games and leaving him tied with injured teammate Pablo Sandoval for the longest streak in the majors this season.
Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp, who won his second Gold Glove last year, committed his first error of the season when he tried to short-hop Melky Cabrera's leadoff single in the sixth and it got past him. Cabrera advanced on a wild pitch and scored the tying run on a single by Joaquin Arias, his fifth RBI in 10 games since getting recalled from Triple-A Fresno.
Kemp returned to the starting lineup after sitting out with a tight left hamstring Sunday and greeted Steve Edlefsen with a double leading off the seventh and scored when the right-hander knocked down Rivera's hard comebacker and threw the ball past third base trying to get Kemp. The Giants committed three errors overall, matching the Dodgers' total. San Francisco has a major league-worst 33 errors.
Before the game, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced that Kenley Jansen would replace Javy Guerra as his closer. Guerra had two blown saves and a loss in his last four appearances, raising his ERA to 5.84 ERA — compared to Jansen's 2.70 mark 17 strikeouts in 16 2-3 innings entering Monday.
NOTES: Rachel Robinson, participated in a ceremonial first pitch, which Brooklyn Dodgers great Don Newcombe threw to Kemp. ... This was Ned Colletti's 1,000th regular-season game as Dodgers general manager since taking the job in November 2005. He spent 11 seasons with the Giants, the last nine as assistant GM. ... Cy Young winners Clayton Kershaw and Tim Lincecum will miss facing each other by one day because of the way the rotations are lined up. Kershaw pitches Tuesday night against Ryan Vogelsong and Lincecum goes Wednesday night against Chad Billingsley.