(Monday, May 7th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 9, San Francisco 1
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Andre Ethier finished 2-for-4 with a two- run single and a walk as the Los Angeles Dodgers trounced the San Francisco Giants, 9-1, in the opener of a three-game set at Dodger Stadium.
Juan Rivera added two RBI, Mark Ellis, Adam Kennedy and A.J. Ellis contributed an RBI apiece and Matt Kemp went 3-for-3 with a run scored and a walk, raising his major league-leading batting average to .406. Los Angeles has won two of its last three games.
"40-plus thousand people on a Monday game...it's good to see that back in here in LA," said Kemp of the enthusiastic fanbase.
Ted Lilly (4-0) gave up just one run on four hits and two walks while striking out six in six innings to earn the win.
Joaquin Arias went 3-for-4 and knocked in the only run for the Giants, who took two of three from the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend.
Barry Zito (1-1) yielded three runs on eight hits and four walks over six innings while fanning three in defeat.
With the game tied at one, Los Angeles took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the sixth, then blew the game open with six more runs over its final two at-bats.
Bobby Abreu started the rally in the sixth with a one-out single and Juan Uribe walked. Ellis then knocked home Abreu with a double to right and Uribe came home on a pinch-hit single by Tony Gwynn Jr. coupled with an error by Giants third baseman Conor Gillaspie to make it 3-1.
Kemp ripped a double down the line in right in the seventh and scored on a throwing error by pitcher Steve Edlefsen to push the Dodgers' lead to 4-1.
A.J. Ellis opened the Los Angeles eighth with a single, Gwynn reached on an error by Buster Posey and Dee Gordon reached on an infield single to load the bases with no outs. Mark Ellis drew a walk to score A.J. Ellis and Kennedy brought home Gwynn with a pinch-hit single to right. Ethier followed with a single to left to score two and Rivera capped the frame with a groundout to bring home Kennedy.
Earlier, the Dodgers opened the scoring in the third when Mark Ellis ripped a one-out double, Kemp was intentionally walked and Ethier also walked to load the bases. Ellis was then able to cross the plate on a groundout by Rivera to give LA an early 1-0 lead.
San Francisco responded to tie the game in the sixth. Melky Cabrera laced a single to begin the frame and moved to second on Kemp's fielding error. Cabrera advanced to third on a two-out wild pitch and scored on a base hit by Arias.
Earlier on Monday, Giants reliever Guillermo Mota was suspended 100 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance...San Francisco went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 on base.
05/08 03:46:37 ET