8 May 14

Throughout the game, beachballs and inflatable seats bounced around the stands at Chavez Ravine whilst the Giants concentrated on pitching and defense. Then, in the tenth, the Giants added some timely hitting in a sacrifice fly by Hector Sanchez and a single by Brandon Belt to defeat their archrivals, 3-1.

Ryan Vogelsong, making his third impressive start consecutively, allowed a measly run in 7.1 innings. He allowed 5 hits, struck out 2, and walked 2. Over those three starts, he lowered his ERA to 3.93 from a stratospheric 7.71.

Brandon Crawford, short, made three outstanding plays after a sharply hit grounder off the bat of Yasiel Puig burned him up. Crawford saved a run in the fourth to frustrate Adrian Gonzalez, and he robbed Hanley Ramirez in the ninth.

Josh Becket started for the Hollywood-ers and fell behind the count numerous times though he never was made to pay for his spotty pitching: the Giants’ timely hitting was to come after he left the game in search of a shower.

Dodgers’ relievers J.P. Howell and Jamey Wright walked the bases loaded in the tenth, setting the stage for Sanchez’ sacrifice fly and Belt’s insurance single.

The Giants moved to 5-2 on the road trip with three more games in Los Angeles. They widened their lead over the Rockies (who were shut-out by Texas of the American League) and to 3.5 over the refugees from Brooklyn.