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
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
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
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
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