The Giants scored seven runs in the first two innings to move within two games of the visiting first-place Los Angeles Dodgers with an 8-0 rout on Monday at AT&T Park.
Barry Zito (6-5) gave up three hits over seven innings for his first win over the Dodgers, who are making their first trip to San Francisco this season, in his past nine starts.
Pablo Sandoval doubled twice and drove in three runs for the Giants, who outhit the Dodgers 14-4 and jumped on starter Nathan Eovaldi (0-4) for eight runs on 11 hits in five innings.
The Giants scored four runs in the first when Angel Pagan doubled in a run and scored on Sandoval’s two-run double. Hector Sanchez added an RBI single, scoring Sandoval.
The Dodgers have lost six of the first seven contests on their nine-game road trip while scoring just 13 runs during that span.
San Francisco’s middle of the order — Melky Cabrera, Pagan and Sandoval — went 7-for-12 with three doubles, six RBIs and five runs scored. The Giants did all the offensive damage without their leading home run hitter, Buster Posey, who was given the night off.
Zito, who allowed 17 runs over 14¹⁄³ innings in losing his past three starts, improved to 117-7 in his career with at least four runs of support.
NOTES: The Giants have won the first game of a series in 10 of their past 12 sets. ... San Francisco is the closest it has been to first place since April 7. ... Dodgers pitchers had limited Giants hitters to just five total runs in their three previous games this season. ... Eovaldi is winless in six starts this season and hasn’t won since his major league debut on Aug. 6, 2011.
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