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Giants pound Dodgers 19-3

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers were clinging to the slim hope that they could clinch the National League West title in front of their home fans this weekend.

Hunter Pence had other ideas.

So did Brandon Belt.

And pretty much everyone else wearing a San Francisco Giants uniform on Saturday night.

Pence continued his torrid hitting, pounding two Dodgers pitchers with a grand slam, a two-run double and an RBI single as the Giants romped 19-3 at sold-out Dodger Stadium.

Belt added five hits, including a two-run homer and a two-run double, and six RBIs.

In all, 12 Giants totaled 22 hits, and their win delays the Dodgers' division title chase, which likely will now culminate on their upcoming 10-game road trip.

"Any time something significant like that happens, it's something to be grateful for and something to be humbled by," Pence said. "It's a good feeling, but we've got to remember it's just one win. We had a lot of good at-bats and a lot of good swings. It was a special night for a lot of our young guys, to get in there and swing the bats really well off of some good pitchers."

San Francisco did much of its damage against Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco, an unlikely candidate to get chased early after winning his last four starts while working on a career-high seven-game winning streak.

But Angel Pagan tagged him for a double to start the game and the onslaught was immediately on.

Three more hits, a walk and an error later and the Giants led 3-0 -- with Belt and Pence contributing RBI singles and Brandon Crawford drawing an bases-loaded walk to score a run.

But that was just an appetizer to an even bigger inning in the second when the Giants tagged Nolasco for four runs, the big blow a two-run single by Pence and a two-run double by Pablo Sandoval.

"I felt great, that's the funny thing about this game," Nolasco said. "I felt great today. It's just things didn't go our way today and some balls found spots. It wasn't my day, it wasn't the team's day. It was a sloppy game all the way around."

Dodgers catcher Tim Federowicz agreed.

"He didn't t execute some of his pitches, but then again they hit his pitches," Federowicz said. "They didn't hit the ball very hard; there were a couple of hits that fell between a couple of our guys. He made some quality pitches he just didn't get the right pay back."

Nolasco's evening was over at that point, lasting just 1 1/3 innings while giving up seven runs (five earned), seven hits and three walks. He did not have a strikeout.

While Nolasco's night was done, Pence was just getting started.

With Stephen Fife on his relief for the Dodgers, the Giants loaded the bases in the fifth. Up came Pence, who crushed a long home run to right field for a grand slam and a 12-1 San Francisco lead.

For Pence, the big blow come on the one-year anniversary of his last grand slam.

The Dodgers offered little fight against Tim Lincecum, their only runs coming on a fielder's choice and an RBI single by Adrian Gonzalez and a home run by Alex Castellanos.

Lincecum picked up his 10th win while going six innings and giving up three runs and five hits. He struck out six.

He also plucked Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig, although he immediately gestured an apology to Puig.

"You never want to see a ball go at some guy's head, even if you're trying to pitch there," said Lincecum, who has hit five batters in his 30 starts. "And I wasn't really trying to pitch there, so that's kind of what made it scary. So I was just gesturing to make sure he knew that I wasn't intentionally doing it -- because head shots are scary."

NOTES: Dodgers RF Andre Ethier is expected to be sidelined a least a couple of days with an ankle injury, Ethier hurt the ankle in Friday's game against the Giants and had to leave. "We're going to rest him to get him right," manager Don Mattingly said. ... With the Dodgers running low on outfielders, they added Castellanos and Nick Buss from Triple-A before Saturday's game.
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