In sweeping three games at AT&T Park over the weekend, the Los Angeles Dodgers appeared to have their collective head in the game more than the San Francisco Giants did. Defense made a big difference Sunday night in the series finale, won 4-3 by L.A. after Dan Uggla made two errors and Buster Posey ignored the speed of Dee Gordon at third base at a crucial moment. The Dodgers lead the Giants by 1 1/2 games in the NL West as a result.
San Francisco's loss also spoiled the debut of right-hander Jake Peavy, who allowed four runs — three earned — to go with six hits, two walks, a hit batter and two wild pitches. With right-hander Matt Cain ailing, the Giants traded two prospects to the Red Sox for Peavy on Saturday.
The Dodgers trailed by a run in the fifth when Gordon struck out but reached first on a wild pitch. After a walk, Peavy threw another wild pitch that allowed Gordon to reach third. One batter later, Peavy struck out Adrian Gonzalez, but the pitch was in the dirt and not handled cleanly by Posey, who threw to first in time for the out but neglected to look Gordon back to third. Gordon dashed home, beating the relay and scoring the tying run. He also leads the league with 44 stolen bases.
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The Dodgers added two more runs in the fifth and held on behind left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu and the bullpen, including Kenley Jansen, who got his 30th save. The Dodgers outscored the Giants 17-4 in the series. San Francisco has lost 19 of its past 25 games at home.
RAYS WINNING STREAK OVER AFTER ORTIZ HOMER:
This time, it's right-hander Chris Archer instead of David Price who didn't like Ortiz's theatrical body language after connecting for a three-run homer that keyed a 3-2 victory for the Boston Red Sox. The blast also helped to end Tampa Bay's nine-game winning streak. Via the Associated Press:
Archer (6-6) made a point of saying he didn't appreciate Ortiz staring him down and flipping his bat before beginning his home run trot.
''He's not the right guy to be saying that, I don't think,'' Ortiz said. ''He's got two days in the league,'' the slugger said, adding a couple of expletives.
Funny stuff. Well, not if you're Archer and the Rays, who've long grown tired of Big Papi's act. The best way to stop the posing, though, is to stop allowing the homers. Ortiz has 456 for his career, not including one in the ALDS got got Price upset.
FREESE! YOU'VE JUST HIT A GO-AHEAD HOME RUN!
David Freese turned a what was becoming a lost weekend for him into a fun time by hitting a tiebreaking home run against Joba Chamberlain. His solo shot in the eighth also led to a 2-1 victory against the Detroit Tigers at The Big "A." The Angels took three of four, despite scoring a total of eight runs in their victories. Freese hopes his success signals better times for him at the plate.
''I've taken some wonderful hacks over the last three games or so — just some terrible swings,'' said Freese, who had been 5 for 31 on the Angels' homestand. ''I put a good one on that. I guess they call them slumps because you always get out of them.''
MACHADO, MACHADO MAN. WHO'D LIKE TO BE A MACHADO MAN?
Manny Machado lifted a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a lead, which they kept for a 3-2 victory against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Despite getting down two strikes against Yoervis Medina with the bases loaded, Machado got enough lift and length to take a fly ball deep to center.
Manager Buck Showalter said Machado had a ''stick-your-nose-over-the-plate-and-get-it-done'' at-bat.
The Orioles are 11-3 in extra innings, and went 6-4 on a West Coast swing.
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