Topics: From the Wires
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Kemp homered among his four hits and drove in four runs, Chad Billingsley took a two-hitter into the eighth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 10-0 on Saturday.
Hanley Ramirez had three RBIs in helping the Dodgers beat San Francisco for the second straight day to pull within a game of the NL West-leading Giants.
Billingsley (6-9) drove in a run for Los Angeles with a sacrifice fly. He gave up leadoff doubles to Buster Posey in the second and Angel Pagan in the fifth, the only baserunners he allowed through seven innings. He gave up two more hits and was lifted with one out in the eighth.
Barry Zito (8-7) gave up four runs on seven hits over 5 1-3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.
The Dodgers got to Zito right away. Mark Ellis opened the game with a sharp single and, one out later, Kemp hit his 15th home run of the year, a drive that sailed halfway up the left field bleachers.
Billingsley’s sacrifice fly in the fifth drove in the Dodgers’ third run and Hairston’s RBI double in the sixth ended Zito’s day.
The Dodgers tacked on three runs in the seventh on A.J. Ellis’ leadoff home run and back-to-back doubles from Kemp and Ramirez. They added three more in the ninth on Kemp’s fourth hit and Ramirez’s two-run single.
Luis Cruz had two hits for the Dodgers, extending his hitting streak to 11.
Marco Scutaro and Brandon Crawford each singled with one out in the eighth, prompting Billingsley’s exit. Javy Guerra came on to get the final five outs.
NOTES: Zito has a first-inning ERA of 6.30. … Dodgers RHP Rubby De La Rosa will join LHP Ted Lilly at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga for a rehab assignment. … Giants INF Pablo Sandoval (left hamstring strain) was placed on the DL retroactive to July 25 and INF Emmanuel Burriss was designated for assignment to make room for Scutaro and Aubrey Huff, who was activated from the DL. … Dodgers’ RHP Matt Guerrier will begin a rehab assignment, though he’s not expected to pitch for the Dodgers again until September. … LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-6, 3.14) pitches for the Dodgers in Sunday’s series finale. His career ERA of 1.45 (minimum 50 innings) against the Giants is the lowest all-time against the team. … RHP Ryan Vogelsong (8-4, 2.26) starts for the Giants. … Billingsley recorded his first career sacrifice fly.
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