Kemp, Furcal homer, Dodgers beat Giants
SAN FRANCISCO – Matt Kemp homered and drove in three runs, Vicente Padilla won his 100th game, and the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants with an 8-2 win Wednesday.
Rafael Furcal had four hits, including a home run, and drove in two for the Dodgers, who earned a sweep in San Francisco for the first time in three years. Ronnie Belliard also drove in a run.
Padilla (2-2) won for the first time in three starts since coming off the disabled list on June 19.
Aaron Rowand had three hits, including a home run, for the Giants, who lost their fifth straight. Jonathan Sanchez (6-6) allowed five runs on six hits over five innings.
Even without an injured Manny Ramirez, who has a strained right hamstring, the Dodgers had more than enough punch. The top three batters combined to go 8 of 13 with four runs scored.
Third baseman Jamey Carroll had two doubles, walked twice and scored three runs as the Dodgers improved to 21-5 within their division.
Padilla used a masterful changeup to keep the Giants off balance and off the bases. Aside from Rowand’s sixth-inning shot over the center field wall, only four others reached base and none went past first against him.
Padilla, who reached the century mark in his 11th big league season, earned his first win since beating the Giants on April 16. He allowed the one run on three hits, walking one and striking out five.
Furcal, who had four hits, hit a two-run shot in the fifth. Two batters later, Kemp hit a solo shot well up into the left field stands.
Kemp and Belliard each drove in a run in the seventh and Carroll scored on a passed ball.
The Dodgers scored twice in the third, on Kemp’s RBI single and a fielding error by Pat Burrell in left field.
Sanchez, who walked two and struck out four, is 0-5 in nine starts and 11 appearances against the Dodgers.
The Giants scored a total of 13 runs over their six-game homestand and scored two or fewer runs in each of their past five games.
The Dodgers have won 26 of their last 39 games in San Francisco.
Juan Uribe drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Notes: Dodgers’ RHP Cory Wade (right shoulder surgery) is making progress and manager Joe Torre said “we’ll certainly make a decision in the short term.” … The Giants haven’t lost five straight at home since June 2008. … Padilla is 5-0 in six starts at AT&T Park. … The Giants had their first losing homestand of the season.
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