Giants 2, Dodgers 1

Ryan Vogelsong’s intense expression suggested he was locked in

from his first pitch. Then he proved it with a season-high 7 1-3

innings of one-run ball.

Brett Pill supplied the offense with a two-run homer off Clayton

Kershaw and the San Francisco Giants defeated the first-place Los

Angeles Dodgers 2-1 Tuesday night, ending a streak of 12 straight

winning decisions at home by the reigning NL Cy Young winner.

Vogelsong (1-2) allowed eight hits while walking three and

striking out one.

”I tried to slow myself down. I was rushing through that

curveball,” he said. ”I was leaving that up. I just tried to

command the zone better.”

The Giants snapped an 0-6 skid against Kershaw with their first

win against him since Aug. 1, 2010.

”These games against them seem like they’re always close,”

Vogelsong said. ”It definitely feels like there’s a little more

energy in here after this win. Hopefully this will be the one that

gets us going a little bit.”

Kershaw hadn’t lost at home since April 16, 2011, against St.


”I don’t care about that. It’s just frustrating to lose,” he

said. ”It’s probably one of the better days I felt this season. I

had one rough inning, but overall, I felt pretty good.”

The Dodgers loaded the bases against Vogelsong in the bottom of

the eighth inning. Pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu walked, Dee Gordon

reached on a bunt single to Vogelsong, and Mark Ellis had a

sacrifice bunt. Vogelsong intentionally walked Matt Kemp before

turning it over to Javier Lopez, who got Andre Ethier to ground

into a double play – one of four the Giants’ defense turned a night

after committing three errors.

”The defense really picked me up,” Vogelsong said. ”They made

some great plays.”

Lopez got the first two outs in the ninth and Santiago Casilla

retired Juan Uribe for his sixth save in seven attempts.

Vogelsong pitched into the eighth inning for the first time this


”This is as strong as he’s been this year as far as both sides

of the plate, changing speeds,” catcher Buster Posey said. ”He’s

always got such a good focus. That’s what’s been so


Kershaw (2-1) had his career-best 10-game overall winning streak

end with his first loss since last Aug. 7 at Arizona. He gave up

two runs and five hits in eight innings, struck out seven and

walked one.

Pill homered over the left field wall on his first pitch from

Kershaw in the second inning, scoring Buster Posey who led off with

a single. Pill’s homer ended a six-game drought for the Giants, and

was just their second in their last 10 games.

”Last year he threw me a lot of first-pitch fastballs,” said

Pill, who recalled going hitless in six at-bats with four

strikeouts against Kershaw last season. ”Luckily, he left one over

the plate. After that he didn’t throw that again.”

The Dodgers’ run came on James Loney’s RBI double in the bottom

of the second that snapped his 0 for 13 skid. It was the fewest

runs they scored in a loss since a 12-0 defeat at Houston on April


NOTES: Giants CF Angel Pagan left the game in the eighth inning

with tight left hamstring. Bochy said he may give him a night off

Wednesday. … Dodgers LF Juan Rivera also went out in the eighth

after feeling discomfort in his left leg. … The Giants improved

to 7-7 in one-run games this season; while the Dodgers dropped to

9-6. … Kershaw came within a win of tying Carl Erskine for the

longest home winning streak in franchise history. … Former

Dodgers 3B Casey Blake retired Tuesday. The 38-year-old spent

spring training with Colorado, but was released in late March and

attracted little interest from other teams. Blake played parts of

four seasons in Los Angeles, although last season was interrupted

by three stints on the DL and neck surgery. Dodgers manager Don

Mattingly says he could see Blake working as a major league coach.

… Dodgers INF Jerry Hairston missed his second straight game with

a strained left hamstring.