San Francisco (43-33) at Los Angeles (38-35)

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  • Game info: 10:10 pm EDT Tue Jun 29, 2004
  • TV: KTVU, FSN2
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The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers renew their rivalry as the teams open a three-game series at Dodger Stadium.

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.

San Francisco won two of three from Oakland during the weekend, including a 5-2 win on Sunday. Barry Bonds hit his first home run in 13 games and Marquis Grissom also homered for the Giants.

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.

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