Buster Posey drove in two runs and Tim Lincecum was solid, pitching into the sixth inning, as the visiting Giants beat the rival Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 on Tuesday, their second straight victory.
Lincecum (7-13) gave up one run over 5²⁄³ innings to win his second consecutive start and help the Giants move 1½ games ahead of the Dodgers atop the National League West.
Sergio Romo gave up a one-out single to Matt Kemp in the ninth before Javier Lopez induced Andre Ethier to ground into a game-ending double play for his third save.
Angel Pagan had three hits and Marco Scutaro added a pair for San Francisco, which improved to 60-2 when leading after eight innings.
After the Giants’ first three batters of the game reached base, Posey hit a two-run single off Joe Blanton (8-12), who remained winless in three starts since being traded to Los Angeles on Aug. 4.
San Francisco added to its lead in the fifth when Gregor Blanco scored on Brandon Crawford’s single. After moving to second on Lincecum’s sacrifice bunt, Crawford scored on Pagan’s two-out double.
Los Angeles, which has scored two runs on 11 hits in the first two games of the series, plated its lone run when Kemp’s sacrifice fly scored Juan Rivera in the sixth.
Lincecum took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before Hanley Ramirez doubled with one out. He won for the first time in his last five starts at Chavez Ravine.
The Giants will send Matt Cain to the mound today to look for the series sweep. Sweeps have been the theme with the two clubs of late. The Giants swept three from the Dodgers in June, while Los Angeles returned the favor in July.
NOTES: The Dodgers optioned right-hander Javy Guerra to Triple-A Albuquerque and activated right-hander Rubby De La Rosa from the 60-day disabled list. ... The Giants improved to 4-2 since losing outfielder Melky Cabrera to a 50-game suspension. ... The Dodgers fell to 6-11 at home since the All-Star break. ... Lopez hasn’t given up an earned run in his last 17 appearances.
MLB bans Cabrera consultant Nunez
Juan Nunez, who allegedly was responsible for the scheme to explain away Giants star Melky Cabrera’s positive drug test, has been banned from major-league clubhouses, according to an ESPN.com report.
Major League Baseball circulated a directive Tuesday to keep Nunez from “clubhouses or all non-public areas” of all 30 major-league parks.
Reports have alleged that Nunez, a consultant for Cabrera’s agents, was the instigator of the plan to create a fictitious supplement and fictitious website to help Cabrera avoid suspension for his positive test for synthetic testosterone.
Major League Baseball has not officially confirmed reports of Nunez’s involvement in the scheme, but Cabrera was suspended for 50 games for his offense.
— The Sports Xchange via Reuters