Joe Torre has a feeling his team is starting to come together.
Andre Ethier homered and hit a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth, Derek Lowe won for the first time in three starts and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Giants 10-7 on Friday for their fourth straight victory in their first visit of the season to San Francisco.
Just when it looked as if San Francisco starter Jonathan Sanchez was headed for another win, rookie reliever Osiris Matos (0-1) allowed five unearned runs in the sixth. Left fielder Fred Lewis made a costly mistake when he dropped a routine line drive by Nomar Garciaparra to start the inning. Pinch-hitter Delwyn Young hit a tying RBI single two batters later and, one out later, Ethier began a stretch of three straight doubles that scored runs.
Russell Martin's RBI double in the sixth was his first hit in 14 at-bats against San Francisco. Andy LaRoche added a solo homer leading off the ninth against Brian Wilson.
Los Angeles had nine extra-base hits to help Lowe's cause _ getting two doubles and two RBIs by Garciaparra in his return from the disabled list. Lowe (6-8) went five innings for the decision, and Takashi Saito worked the ninth for his 15th save in 18 chances.
The Dodgers rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the opener of a series that's important for both teams leading up to the All-Star break, with every club in the NL West still in contention.
Lewis had more trouble in left in the seventh, but the ball glanced off his glove and center fielder Aaron Rowand was there to make the barehanded catch for a quirky putout scored 7-8.
Sanchez keeps racking up strikeouts, but had little to show for seven Ks on Friday when Matos blew it a day after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth in his major league debut.
The left-hander has 109 strikeouts, joining Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain among Giants starters with more than 100 Ks before the All-Star break. Sanchez had won six of his last seven starts and two straight.
After Matt Kemp led off the game with a single, Sanchez got three straight outs including Martin and Jeff Kent swinging.
Rowand doubled and drove in two runs and Lewis stole home for the second time in three days. Lewis and Randy Winn pulled off a double steal for the second day in a row, and Lewis then added an RBI double in the fourth to make it 5-2.
Ethier hit a leadoff homer in the fifth, only the third longball allowed by Sanchez in his last nine starts.
Surprisingly, this is the Dodgers' first visit to the Bay Area to face their division rival.
"That's the unbalanced schedule," said Torre, the Dodgers' first-year manager. "I'm not a big fan of that but come September you're glad you're playing the division."
Along with Garciaparra, the Dodgers welcomed back center fielder Andruw Jones from the disabled list to start the opener of the weekend series. Jones struck out four times, the 11th time in his career he's had four or more Ks in a game.
Notes:@ Kemp stole his 18th base. ... Friday marked the 25th anniversary of Giants' pitching coach Dave Righetti's no-hitter of the Red Sox for New York at Yankee Stadium. Highlights of his gem were shown on the big screen. ... Giants LHP Noah Lowry, who has not pitched this season after surgery on his forearm, will travel to Arizona during the team's upcoming road trip to begin playing catch. He is no longer having the pins-and-needles irritation in the nerves. "I'm starting to turn the corner," Lowry said. Manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged it would be great for Lowry to get back on the mound before the end of the season to boost his spirits heading into the winter. ... The game drew 40,447, the Giants' seventh sellout.