Pence drives in 7, Giants win 19-3

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 15, 2013
Hunter Pence's grand slam and career-high seven RBIs helped San Francisco romp past the Los Angeles Dodgers 19-3 Saturday night, the most runs they've ever given up at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers' magic number for clinching the NL West remained at four. The last time the Los Angeles allowed 19 runs at home was on Sept. 12, 1961, when Philadelphia won 19-10 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in a game started by none other than Sandy Koufax. Dodger Stadium opened the next season. Brandon Belt also homered and set career highs with five hits and six RBIs during the Giants' 22-hit attack. Tim Lincecum (10-13) won his fourth consecutive decision. The two-time NL Cy Young winner allowed three runs and five hits over six innings and struck out six. It's the first time Lincecum has won more than three straight decisions since a five-game string in early 2010. Lincecum also singled twice and scored two runs. Pinch-hitter Alex Castellanos, recalled by the Dodgers from Triple-A Albuquerque earlier in the day, homered on the first pitch he saw in the fifth. Two pitches later, Lincecum plunked rookie sensation Yasiel Puig, drawing lusty boos from the sellout crowd of 53,062. Puig ended up scoring on Adrian Gonzalez's RBI single. Ricky Nolasco (13-10) was charged with seven runs on seven hits and three walks in 1 1-3 innings. Errors by third baseman Juan Uribe and Puig in center field hurt him, too. The reigning World Series champions scored three times in the first, including an RBI single by Pence. Lincecum got to bat before he ever threw a pitch, grounding out after a bases-loaded walk to Brandon Crawford. Pence hit a two-run single in a four-run second. Pence hit his fourth career slam in the fifth, connecting exactly one year after his previous one. His 23rd homer made it 12-1. The Giants scored twice more in the seventh and added three runs in the eighth. San Francisco scored two more in the ninth before Dodgers reliever Brandon League retired pinch-hitter Tony Abreu on a bases-loaded, double-play grounder. NOTES: Pence is the only player to start in all 149 games for San Francisco. The last player to appear in all 162 games for the Giants was 1B Will Clark (1988), who was used five times as a pinch-hitter that season. ... Lincecum is 9-6 with a 2.95 ERA in 21 career starts against the Dodgers. ... The only drama left in the NL West is the battle to avoid last place, with the Giants, Padres and Rockies all tied. The only team to finish last a year after winning a World Series was the 1998 Marlins. ... Lincecum needs two more to become the seventh pitcher in Giants history with at least 1,500. ... The Dodgers played without SS Hanley Ramirez (irritated nerve in his back) and CF Andre Ethier (shin splints).
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