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Dodgers fall 1-0 to Arizona; Giants up lead to six games

Sep 12, 2012, 12:39 AM EDT

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The Giants have all but wrapped up the NL West with 20 games left to play.

San Francisco held on to beat Colorado 9-8 on Tuesday, while the Dodgers fell 1-0 to the Diamondbacks, giving the Giants a six-game lead in the NL West.

The Giants won on another off night from Madison Bumgarner, who allowed five runs and 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. The Giants used seven relievers to get through the remaining 4 2/3 innings, with Guillermo Mota providing the best showing. He struck out four of the five hitters he faced in the sixth and seventh innings.

Still, the official scorer made the call to give the win to George Kontos, who got two outs after replacing Bumgarner in the fifth. Kontos was then removed for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the inning.

The Giants’ offensive star was Brandon Belt, who had a solo homer and a two-run double as part of a four-RBI night. Bumgarner went 2-for-2 with a three-run homer of his own to make a big contribution in another outing in which he just didn’t have it. He’s allowed at least four earned runs in four straight starts now, and he may well have taken a fourth straight loss tonight if not for the homer.

The Dodgers’ loss was a much different affair, with two teams combining for just nine hits. The game’s lone run was unearned after Paul Goldschmidt reached on a Hanley Ramirez error to start the seventh. Miguel Montero doubled in him, tagging Clayton Kershaw with a very tough loss.

Ian Kennedy pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings for Arizona. He’s 2-1 with a 0.91 ERA against the Dodgers this year and 11-10 with a 4.61 ERA versus everyone else.

  1. matt20hew - Sep 12, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Reblogged this on Today's News.

  2. Old Gator - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    Those poor Giants. We all knew they would collapse when they shut down Melky Cabrera for the season, didn’t we?

  3. willclarkgameface - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Melky For NL Batting Champ 2012!

  4. SOBEIT - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    No way we have the division wrapped up. Still too many games to play. Though we only have 1 series against a team over .500, and all our remaining games are against the NLWest, the Padres and Rox always play the spoiler role really well. Yes, the Dodgers have a really tough schedule with the Reds, Cards and Dbacks. But I am not taking the Padres, Rox and Dbacks lightly! Hopefully, the last series of the year against the Dodgers are meaningless. But with the magic number at 16, 1 bad week for the Giants could change everything. But yes, 6 game lead in the division is really nice!

  5. simon94022 - Sep 12, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Yes, a 6 game lead looks good. But the practical reality is Giants need at least a 4 game lead going into Dodger Stadium the last week of the year, or else they’ll be in a must-win situation. They are 2 games better than that now, but not out of the woods yet.

  6. manchestermiracle - Sep 12, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    No matter how close things may or may not be going into the final series at Dodger Stadium, it seems pretty obvious that the Dogs will be fortunate to sneak into a wild card slot. They simply cannot beat the Giants, for whatever reason(s). They blew their best chance at keeping things close when they dropped two of three at the Giants’ place.

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