Dodgers 5, Giants 0, 1st game; Giants 6, Dodgers 3, 2nd game
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Second base, filthy with dirt, waited for Andres Galarraga in his locker. It fit in nicely next to his uniform pants, torn and dusty from sliding twice.
The 42-year-old Galarraga scurried his 6-foot-3, 265-pound frame to second for his first stolen base of the year in four tries on the way to scoring the tying run, and Jose Cruz Jr. hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth as the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 Saturday night to split a day-night doubleheader.
Longtime official scorer Dick O’Connor was considering placing a disclaimer next to Galarraga’s stolen base on the final boxscore so everyone would believe it had actually happened.
Galarraga couldn’t remember the last time he’d swiped a bag—he stole third on Sept. 9, 2002, while with Montreal.
“I had to take my shot,” Galarraga said, grinning. “That situation was a good situation for me to run.”
Manager Felipe Alou enjoyed it. Galarraga’s teammates fanned him off and brought him water when he came into the dugout. The base was left for him in his locker by reliever Scott Eyre and trainer Stan Conte.
“It was a long day and Andres put some life on a late, cold night,” Alou said. “He took off on his own. I loved the slide at second and the slide at home.”
Dodgers right fielder Shawn Green and second baseman Alex Cora miscommunicated on a high fly by Marvin Benard that landed between the two for a leadoff double in the eighth. Green also botched a similar play Friday night with Dave Roberts.
“It wasn’t the crowd noise,” Green said. “I saw him stop and I thought he was underneath it. I should have called him off. It was my mistake assuming he would catch it.”
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“Come on, there’s something about the curvy first number,” Cruz said.
Green had hit a tiebreaking, RBI double off the wall in left-center for a 3-2 lead in the seventh, but the Dodgers couldn’t protect it.
Steve Colyer pitched a scoreless sixth for Los Angeles, but lost a chance for his first major league win when the Giants tied it at 3.
Rich Aurilia singled in the fifth for his 1,000th career hit and doubled in the seventh. Aurilia acknowledged the crowd from first base when they gave him a standing ovation after his hit up the middle with two outs in the fifth.
David Ross hit a solo homer for Los Angeles off Dustin Hermanson in the third.
In the first game, rookie Edwin Jackson pitched six scoreless innings, and he worked around eight walks in the Dodgers’ 5-0 win. The teams had their game April 12 postponed because of rain, forcing them to play a four-game series in the season’s final weekend.
Jackson (2-1) gave up two hits and struck out seven. He outpitched fellow rookie Jerome Williams (7-5), who likely will pitch Game 4 in the first round of the playoffs against Florida.
“Through the first five innings, you saw two of the brightest young pitching prospects you’ll be seeing over the next few years,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.
Bonds, who hit career homer No. 658 in Friday’s 10-1 win, went 0-for-2 with an intentional walk. He was plunked in the right shoulder by Jackson in his first at-bat, drawing loud boos from the sellout crowd of 42,192.
Bonds struck out in the fifth on a 93 mph fastball on full-count and again in the eighth.
The 39-year-old Bonds didn’t start the night game, but Alou said he would play again Sunday.
Williams retired 13 straight Los Angeles batters after walking Beltre in the first inning before Jason Christiansen relieved to start the sixth.
Alou said before the game that if Williams pitched five or more innings, he probably wouldn’t pitch Game 3 of the playoffs next Friday in Florida. Jason Schmidt, Sidney Ponson and Kirk Rueter are the probable pitchers to start the first three games.
The Giants also left the bases loaded in the first. They stranded runners onsecond and third in the sixth.
Both teams played their only doubleheader of the season. … It was Galarraga’s 128th career stolen base. … Of the Dodgers’ 17 shutouts, 15 have been combined. … The Giants’ two hits in the first game matched their second-lowest total of the season. They were also two-hit at the Chicago Cubs on July 29 and no-hit April 27 at Philadelphia. … Green’s 48 doubles set aLos Angeles single-season record.