Dodgers make it 2-for-2 against champion Giants

Posted: 02/04/2011 in MLB
Dodgers take another from Giants
Rafael Furcal’s RBI single capped a three- run bottom of the sixth inning, as the Dodgers took advantage of an error on Jonathan Sanchez and rallied for a 4-3 win over the San Francisco Giants. One night after Los Angeles took the opener, 2-1, the Dodgers took advantage of more sloppy play from the defending World Series champions. The Giants had a pair of errors in the sixth inning after making three miscues on Thursday. 

Rookie Brandon Belt hit his first major league homer, a three-run shot in the fourth inning.

Belt’s homer came off Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley (1-0), who allowed five hits over six innings.

“Everything went very well, except for one pitch I made a mistake on a 2-0 pitch and he (Belt) hit it out,” Billingsley said.

Sanchez (0-1) gave up seven hits and four runs — two earned — in 5 2/3 frames.

Matt Kemp singled to center to start the bottom of the sixth and later scored on a sacrifice fly from James Loney. Rod Barajas singled and Aaron Miles reached base safely on an error. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval charged the ball and made the bare-handed play, but the throw to first was wide. That put two runners in scoring position.

Pinch-hitter Hector Gimenez then hit a ball to the left of the mound, but Sanchez let the ball get by him, scoring Barajas. Guillermo Mota entered from the bullpen, but Furcal singled to right field to score Miles with the go- ahead run.

The Giants loaded the bases the following inning, but Blake Hawksworth fanned Buster Posey to end the threat.

Matt Guerrier pitched the eighth inning and Jonathan Broxton tossed the ninth for his second save.

Kemp’s ground-rule double in the third plated Billingsley, who walked.

The Giants went ahead 3-1 on Belt’s towering blast over the wall in center field the following inning. The hit scored Buster Posey and Sandoval, who both singled.

“He’s great, I know he’s going to do a lot of things well,” Sandoval said of Belt. “He’s a big kid and if he keeps hitting the ball like that it’s going to be fun for the team.”

– Steve


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