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Giants Take Back the Lead in the West With a Victory in LA

By Amanda Gill

The Giants scored a first inning run off Clayton Kershaw. Knowing that runs were at a premium, Madison Bumgarner decided to make sure that the Dodger offense never touched home plate while he had the ball. Bumgarner pitched eight scoreless innings while striking out ten and walking no one. Defensive gems by Marco Scutaro and Joaquin Arias helped keep the Dodger offense at bay as Bumgarner won ‘Ye Olde Battle of Tall Left Handers’ against Clayton Kershaw.

Angel Pagan scored both of San Francisco’s runs, as Pablo Sandoval got hit him in both times. Once on a sacrifice fly and the other on a jammed single to left field. Bumgarner did the rest as all night Dodger batters were breaking their bats and walking away in frustration.

Thanks to his high pitch count, Bumgarner did not come on to finish the game. Sergio Romo came on in the ninth and quickly retired Mark Ellis and Matt Kemp. Down to their last strike, Hanley Ramirez hit a hanging slider into the left field seats to make the score a torturous 2-1. Bochy then went to lefty specialist Javier Lopez to face Andre Ethier. Ethier grounded out to Brandon Belt, and with that, the Giants won 2-1 and have regained a half game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West.

WP: Bumgarner (14-7)

LP: Clayton Kershaw (11-7)

SV: Lopez (2)

Joe Blanton and Tim Lincecum face off in tomorrow’s game.