The Giants took over first place in the National League West last week after sweeping a four-game series against the Dodgers at SBC Park.
The series featured a pair of bench-clearing incidents on consecutive days, and San Francisco’s Michael Tucker and Dodgers closer Eric Gagne were ejected in the eighth inning of Thursday’s game for nearly starting a brawl after Tucker dived away from a high pitch.
Giants manager Felipe Alou, a former San Francisco star, has seen it all before.
“My feeling has been, ever since I was a player and there were fights with the Dodgers, there should never be a fight or a brawl without a reason,” Alou said.
The Giants have won 12 of their last 14 games to three game lead over San Diego in the West. The Dodgers have dropped to third place, a half-game behind the Padres.
The Dodgers had lost six in a row before ending their losing streak with a 10-5 win over the Anaheim Angels on Sunday. Adrian Beltre hit two homers and drove in a season-high five runs to lead Los Angeles.
The win was the Dodgers’ first since they won two of three against the New York Yankees on June 18-20.
Beltre, who usually struggles during the first half of the season, is hitting .323 with 19 homers and 52 RBIs. The 25-year-old third baseman entered this year with a lifetime batting average of .262 in 5 1/2 big-league seasons with career highs of 23 homers and 85 RBIs.
“He’s putting himself in position obviously for a monster season,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.