Giants come alive in 13th, trim Dodgers' NL West lead

LOS ANGELES — The San Francisco Giants aren't giving up on their hopes of winning the NL West.

Pinch-hitter Andrew Susac singled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the 13th inning, and the Giants beat the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 Monday night to climb within 3 1/2 games of the division lead.

“Hit something hard so we can go home,” a tired Susac said, describing his mindset. “It was up and down emotionally for both teams. It was nice to pull one off.”

Susac singled to left field off Kevin Correia (2-4), scoring Brandon Belt. San Francisco tacked on two more runs to take a 5-2 lead on Gregor Blanco's double.

“I knew he liked to move the ball a bit with the cutter and the sinker and I saw a curveball up and got enough of it,” Susac said. “I actually hit it off the end of the bat a little bit — probably a good thing.”

Blanco homered and scored twice for the Giants, who snapped a three-game skid and remained tied with Pittsburgh for the two NL wild-card slots. San Francisco can clinch a playoff berth Tuesday night with a win and a Milwaukee loss.

“This was a very important game obviously for us and it would've been a tough one not to win,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Santiago Casilla (3-3) got the victory with two innings of relief, and Hunter Strickland pitched the 13th to earn his first career save.

The Giants had runners in scoring position in the eighth, ninth, 10th and 11th but failed to score.

“When you play that long and that type of ballgame with 53,000 people or so, most of them pulling against you, to squander away some opportunities late, to stay as strong as we did as a club and fight and get a win says a lot about these guys,” Giants starter Jake Peavy said.

Peavy held the Dodgers hitless through four innings before giving up a leadoff homer to Carl Crawford in the fifth. He allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings.

The Dodgers didn't have a hit after the sixth and put only three runners on base during that stretch. Two were hit by pitches and the other reached on a throwing error.

“That's a good club over there. They haven't went away all year,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “We don't ever expect them to quit.”

Belt tried to score on Brandon Crawford's single to center in the 11th but was nailed by Yasiel Puig's pinpoint throw to the plate. Joaquin Arias struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Dodgers tied it 2-all in the fifth on Carl Crawford's homer and Dee Gordon's sacrifice fly that scored Juan Uribe, who doubled.

“It's a tough loss,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “You know you're getting closer and you want to put the nails in the coffin.”

The Giants extended their lead to 2-0 in the third on Joe Panik's sacrifice to the pitcher that scored Blanco from third after Matt Kemp's three-base error in right field.

A week after Kemp and Puig exchanged words in the dugout at Colorado, they crossed each other up on Blanco's routine fly. Both players were converging toward center field to make a play on the ball.

Kemp raced over and appeared to call him off, but Puig seemed indecisive and got in the way of the ball, which dropped. Kemp and Puig returned to their positions and looked at each other from a distance.

“Just dropped it,” Kemp said, repeating himself for emphasis.

Through a translator, Puig said: “I did call for the ball, but there was a miscommunication and that led to the error.”

Blanco homered leading off the game in front of 53,500 fans, the biggest crowd in the majors this season.


Peavy lowered his ERA to 2.83 in 14 career starts at Dodger Stadium, where he is 7-1. In his last eight starts since Aug. 13, he is 6-1 with a 1.31 ERA.


Tom Lasorda celebrated his 87th birthday by watching a young member of his extended family toss out the first pitch. Frank Sinatra Jr. sang the national anthem in a nod to his late father's performance of the anthem before Lasorda's first game as Dodgers manager in 1977. Sinatra sang “Happy Birthday” to Lasorda after the second inning, and the Hall of Famer took three puffs to blow out the two numeral candles on a huge cake.


Giants: RHP Tim Hudson (hip) threw a bullpen session and is scheduled to start Wednesday, but could be replaced by RHP Tim Lincecum depending on how he feels. … OF Michael Morse (strained left oblique) had an MRI in San Francisco but had not received the results. … OF Angel Pagan (inflamed nerve in lower back) missed his third straight game and there was no timetable given for his return.

Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder inflammation) is throwing and will slowly be moved forward as his shoulder allows.


Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (18-9, 2.91 ERA) takes the mound with 11 career wins against the Dodgers, the second-most of any active pitcher against them. The Giants have won each of his last six starts.

Dodgers: RHP Zack Greinke (15-8, 2.76) is 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA in four starts this season against the Giants.

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