Lilly, Dodgers beat Giants 9-1Los Angeles Dodgers starter Ted Lilly pitches to the San Francisco Giants in the second inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles on Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
LOS ANGELES (AP) New Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson stepped up to a microphone set behind home plate and shouted: ''It's time for Dodger Baseball!''
The Dodgers didn't disappoint.
Ted Lilly outpitched Barry Zito through six innings and Los Angeles beat the error-prone San Francisco Giants 9-1 on Monday night in the Dodgers' first home game since changing ownership last week.
''It felt great. I think the fans were pretty excited to see Magic and all those guys sit in the owners' seats,'' said center fielder Matt Kemp, who caught the ceremonial first pitch from Brooklyn Dodgers great Don Newcombe.
''It was definitely a different atmosphere, Kemp said. ''Magic's right by the on-deck circle, so I could probably give him a high-five whenever I want to.''
Lilly (4-0) allowed a run and four hits, walked two and struck out six. It's the first time the 36-year-old two-time All-Star has won his first four decisions of a season in a big league career that began in 1999 with the Montreal Expos.
''That's very surprising, because I know he's had some great years in some different places,'' Kemp said. ''He's pitching really well right now. He's doing a real good job of keeping hitters off-balance and making his pitches when he needs to, so we're just trying to get him as many runs as we can.''
First baseman James Loney, 2 for 28 with seven strikeouts against Zito, wasn't in the starting lineup on his 28th birthday. But he came in for defense in the eighth, replacing Juan Rivera with the Dodgers ahead 4-1, and made a brilliant diving stop of Hector Sanchez's grounder up the line before tossing to Josh Lindblom at the bag to strand runners at the corners.
''We had the tying run up there and a pretty good hitter, and he made a great play there,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ''If that ball gets by him, two runs are in and the tying run is at second. That turned the whole game around. The wheels just came off after that.''
The Dodgers tacked on five runs in the eighth against an injury-depleted Giants bullpen that was further undermined on Monday by the announcement of Guillermo Mota's 100-game suspension for a second violation of baseball's drug policy. The rally included a two-run single by Andre Ethier, who leads the NL with 30 RBIs.
Zito (1-1) gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings. The hard-luck left-hander has a 2.21 ERA in six starts, but the Giants have totaled only five runs over his last three outings.
''I felt pretty good tonight. My fastball command wasn't too great, but everything else was all right,'' Zito said. ''There was just a lot of weird stuff going on out there tonight - infield hits, bunts - and it continued when I came out.
''We're pretty beat up as a team,'' Zito added. ''Obviously, we're sustaining blow after blow right now, and losing Mota obviously was the latest blow. And it keeps on coming. But it's a good test for us. We just need to have the momentum start to turn.''
Giants leadoff hitter Angel Pagan was 0 for 5 and didn't hit a ball out of the infield, ending his hitting streak at 20 games and leaving him tied with injured teammate Pablo Sandoval for the longest streak in the majors this season.
Kemp, who won his second Gold Glove last year, committed his first error of the season when he tried to short-hop Melky Cabrera's leadoff single in the sixth and it got past him. Cabrera advanced on a wild pitch and scored the tying run on a single by Joaquin Arias, his fifth RBI in 10 games since getting recalled from Triple-A Fresno.
Kemp, who leads the majors with 12 home runs, was not in the starting lineup Sunday because of tight left hamstring - although he pinch-hit to extend his consecutive game streak, which is currently at 394. He had two singles and a walk against Zito.
''I was just kind of taking it easy in certain situations and not trying to go too hard. I know it sounds bad, but I'm just trying to be there for my team and help us win some games,'' said Kemp, who went all out to track down Arias' drive to the warning track in right-center in the second inning after a long run.
''I was just a little scared (to push the hamstring) because I don't want to feel that thing grab.'' Kemp greeted Steve Edlefsen with a double leading off the seventh and scored when the right-hander knocked down Rivera's hard comebacker and threw the ball past third base trying to get Kemp. The Giants committed three errors overall, matching the Dodgers' total. San Francisco has a major league-worst 33 errors.
NOTES: Jackie Robinson's widow, Rachel Robinson, participated in the ceremonial first pitch. ... This was Ned Colletti's 1,000th regular-season game as Dodgers general manager since taking the job in November 2005. He spent 11 seasons with the Giants, the last nine as assistant GM. ... Cy Young winners Clayton Kershaw and Tim Lincecum will miss facing each other by one day because of the way the rotations are lined up. Kershaw pitches Tuesday night against Ryan Vogelsong and Lincecum goes Wednesday night against Chad Billingsley. ... Before the game, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced that Kenley Jansen would replace Javy Guerra as his closer.