Cody Ross(notes) hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday to help San Francisco (23-19) avoid a third straight loss and beat Los Angeles 8-5. Ross’ shot came after the Dodgers tied the game with a three-run eighth in which Giants closer Brian Wilson(notes) blew his second save.
“We definitely needed this one,” Ross said. “We just keep battling and grinding and don’t give up.”
San Francisco has won three in a row over Los Angeles (20-24) after losing four of the first five meetings this season. The Dodgers (20-24) have dropped four of five overall.
Ross was 2 for 4 and scored three runs as the Giants totaled scored more than four for the first time in 13 games. Ross is batting .346 with three homers and nine RBIs over his last nine games, but is 1 for 6 lifetime versus Billingsley (2-3, 3.36 ERA).
The Dodgers right-hander hopes for some better luck after he allowed one run, one hit and struck out eight in eight innings of a 1-0 loss to Arizona on Saturday.
It was the fourth time in nine starts that Billingsley pitched at least seven innings, but he is 0-2 in those outings while getting two total runs of support. Billingsley’s ERA is 1.64 over his last three starts.
“You can only control what you control,” he said.
Now, he looks to win his fourth straight home start against the Giants and improve upon his 5-1 record and 2.56 ERA in eight career outings versus San Francisco at Dodger Stadium. Billingsley allowed a three-run homer to Brandon Belt(notes) and four other hits in six innings of a 4-3 home victory over the Giants on April 1.
Bumgarner has limited opponents to five earned runs over 25 innings while striking out 25 in his last four starts, but has an 0-3 record to show for it.
The left-hander gave up three runs in six innings of an 11-4 loss at Chicago on Friday.
“He’s throwing the ball well enough to get a win,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “But we’re just having a hard time finding a way to get him one.”
Bumgarner is 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA as a starter versus Los Angeles. The defeat came April 11 at home, when he yielded five runs and four walks in five innings of a 6-1 loss.