Giants beat Dodgers in heated game
July 21, 2010
LOS ANGELES – Andres Torres hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the ninth inning, rallying the San Francisco Giants to a 7-5 victory over the slumping Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night in a heated game featuring three ejections.
The Dodgers lost their sixth straight to remain winless since the All-Star break.
All-Star closer Jonathan Broxton intentionally walked pinch-hitter Aubrey Huff to load the bases in the ninth after Juan Uribe led off with an infield single, Edgar Renteria walked and both runners advanced on Aaron Rowand’s sacrifice bunt.
Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly, who had to take over after the separate ejections of manager Joe Torre and bench coach Bob Schaefer, went to the mound for a chat with Broxton before Torres came up. Mattingly took a few steps back toward the dugout before turning around and saying something to Broxton.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out to protest to plate umpire Adrian Johnson that Mattingly’s about-face constituted a second trip to the mound. The umpires huddled and agreed, and Broxton had to leave the game.
Mattingly was forced to summon struggling George Sherrill, who promptly served up Torres’ two-run double on an 0-1 pitch that gave the Giants a 6-5 lead.
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Buster Posey completed the scoring with an RBI single off Travis Schlichting.
Santiago Casilla (3-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Jeremy Affeldt pitched the ninth for his third save.
Broxton (3-2) took the loss a week after earning the save in the All-Star game with a scoreless ninth in Anaheim.
Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw got ejected in the seventh after he hit Rowand, the second time this season the Giants center fielder has been plunked by a Dodger. Kershaw hit Torres in the first.
Giants starter Tim Lincecum brushed back Matt Kemp in the fifth, then hit him with his next pitch. Johnson warned both benches about further retaliation. Schaefer got into a long-distance argument with first base umpire Tim McClelland from the third base dugout. Schaefer was tossed in the sixth.
Andre Ethier hit a two-run homer in the first, Xavier Paul had three hits in four at-bats and Casey Blake went 2 for 4 for the Dodgers.
Two-time defending NL Cy Young Award winner Lincecum allowed five runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings, struck out a season-low two and walked three.
The right-hander struggled from the start, getting tagged for three runs in the first. He apparently lost his grip on a pitch to Blake in the second. The ball spun crazily high in the air while a bewildered Lincecum looked around for it.
After he hit Kemp, Johnson walked Kemp halfway to first while beefy first baseman Pablo Sandoval came over to Lincecum’s side.
Schaefer was tossed an inning later for arguing that Denny Bautista should have been ejected for throwing inside to Russell Martin. Schaefer came out and jawed at Johnson before Torre stepped between them. Torre was automatically ejected with Kershaw.
Rowand got hit by Vicente Padilla on April 18 and went on the DL with two small fractures in his left cheekbone and a mild concussion. This time, Kershaw left to a standing ovation after hitting Rowand.
The Giants cut their deficit to 5-4 with three runs in the sixth. Pat Burrell’s sacrifice fly was dropped at the wall in left by Paul and Sandoval followed with a two-run double.
NOTES: Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez went on the 15-day DL Tuesday for the third time this season with a right calf strain. … The Dodgers reinstated C Brad Ausmus from the 60-day DL after having back surgery. … Posey extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games. … James Loney went 0 for 3 with an intentional walk on his bobblehead night.