May 11: Giants (24-14) 7, Dodgers (20-19) 4 — F/10
An early pitcher’s duel between San Francisco’s Tim Hudson and Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw turned into and extra-inning brawl between the two West Coast teams as the Giants prevailed 7-4 in 10 frames. Pablo Sandoval collected three hits and two RBIs.
Sandoval got things started early with an RBI double in the first inning. That proved to be the only offense of the game until the bottom half of the sixth.
In the sixth frame, Yasiel Puig’s solo shot and Adrian Gonzalez’s RBI single gave the Dodgers a narrow 2-1 lead. The cushion didn’t last long as Brandon Hick’s homer in the seventh gave the lead right back to the Giants. A Buster Posey RBI single gave the Ginats a 4-2 lead heading into the ninth.
Reliever Sergio Romo wasn’t able to shut the door on the Dodgers as he gave up a two-out, two-run shot to Hanley Ramirez to eventually sends things into extras.
In the 10th, the Giants offense stayed hot as it added three runs on three hits, two walks and a pair of wild pitches. Sandoval’s RBI single was the deciding run as Jean Machi was able to close the game out with three outs in the bottom half of the inning.
Neither starting pitcher got a decision in a game where both pitched extremely well. Hudson threw six innings, giving up two runs and eight hits. Meanwhile, Kershaw went seven strong frames, surrendering three runs and striking out nine.