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Pinch hitter pushes Giants past Dodgers in 13th

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[September 23, 2014]  LOS ANGELES -- Pinch hitter Andrew Susac and his San Francisco Giants teammates had seen enough.

Susac singled home the go-ahead run in the 13th inning, and the Giants ended a three-game skid with a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.

"That's a huge team win," said Giants starter Jake Peavy, who allowed two runs in seven innings but didn't figure in the decision. "It's one we had to have. I think it showed a lot about the guys we have in this room."

The Giants (85-71) pulled within 3 1/2 games of the first-place Dodgers (89-68) in the National League West. San Francisco also remained tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates atop the NL wild-card standings, both teams five games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers with six to play.

"That's a good club over there," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of the Giants. "We've known that for a while. They haven't went away all year."

Susac drove home first baseman Brandon Belt with two outs in the 13th after the Dodgers intentionally walked shortstop Brandon Crawford. Susac said he was just looking for a pitch to drive against Dodgers reliever Kevin Correia (2-4).
 


"I saw the curveball up and got enough of it, actually the end of it, which was probably a good thing," Susac said. "It feels good. Like I said, I think all of us were ready to go home, so I had a pretty positive mindset going up to the plate."

Susac's hit allowed the Giants to bounce back from a lost weekend in San Diego, where they were swept by the Padres.

"Man, it was nice to pull one off, especially the way we played in San Diego," Susac said.

Center fielder Gregor Blanco added a two-run double in the 13th.

Santiago Casilla (2-2) pitched two innings of scoreless relief for the win. Giants rookie Hunter Strickland struck out two in a perfect 13th inning to record his first major league save. Those two combined with relievers Sergio Romo and Jean Machi to keep the Dodgers hitless over the final six innings.

"The bullpen stepped up," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It all comes down to the job the bullpen did. This was a very important game obviously for us. It would been a tough one not to win."

Correia, a former Giant, allowed three runs on three hits in an inning.

Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig threw out Belt, who was attempting to score on a single by Crawford, at the plate in the 11th inning to keep the scored tied.

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Los Angeles starter Dan Haren limited the Giants to one hit in seven innings, but he allowed two runs (one earned) with seven strikeouts and no walks. Haren hasn't beaten the Giants since he shut them out almost six years ago as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Dodgers committed three errors to one for the Giants.

Blanco led off the game with a homer, driving a 3-2 Haren pitch over the wall in center for a 1-0 Giants' lead.

An error by right fielder Matt Kemp, who dropped a fly ball by Blanco after nearly colliding with Puig, allowed Blanco to reach third with one out in the third inning. Blanco scored on second baseman Joe Panik's sacrifice for a 2-0 advantage.

Peavy no-hit the Dodgers until Los Angeles scored two runs in the fifth inning. Left fielder Carl Crawford lined a solo home run to right to open the inning. A sacrifice fly by second baseman Dee Gordon scored third baseman Juan Uribe, who doubled, tying the score at 2.

Peavy gave up four hits and a walk while striking out four.

NOTES: The Giants are 6-2 this season at Dodger Stadium and winners of nine of their past 11 in Chavez Ravine. ... San Francisco, which is 9-8 against the Dodgers this season, hasn't dropped a season series to its archrival since 2009. ... LHP Clayton Kershaw was presented the Roy Campanella Award for the second consecutive year. The award is given annually to the Dodger who showcases the character and leadership skills of the late Hall of Fame catcher. ... Giants C Buster Posey, who led the majors with a .354 road batting average entering Monday's action, went 1-for-5. ... San Francisco LHP Madison Bumgarner (18-9, 2.91 ERA) will face Los Angeles RHP Zack Greinke (15-8, 2.76) on Tuesday. ... Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda celebrated his 87th birthday Monday. ... The game drew a crowd of 53,500, the largest at a major league game this season.

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