SF 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 5
LA 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3
Date of game: 4/3/2013

Recap: Los Angeles vs. San Francisco

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Pablo Sandoval stroked a two-run homer and the San Francisco Giants took a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Wednesday's rubber match of a three-game set.

Hunter Pence added a solo homer and the Giants received an RBI from starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (1-0), who was effectively wild over five innings.

After a rough 2012 campaign, Lincecum was far from his former dominant self in his first start of the season, tying a career-high with seven walks. He only gave up three hits, though, and while he allowed two runs, neither were earned.

Sergio Romo locked down the save in the ninth and the defending World Series champs will have their home opener on Friday when they host the St. Louis Cardinals.

Josh Beckett (0-1) was charged with the loss after surrendering five runs -- three earned -- on six hits. Luis Cruz had a sacrifice fly as the Dodgers went just 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base.

The Dodgers took the early lead when Carl Crawford raced home from third on a pitch that got past catcher Hector Sanchez.

After Beckett got through the first two innings unscathed, the veteran right- hander was shelled for four runs in the third, and Sandoval's blast put the Giants on top 4-1.

"He threw me a fastball up, and I got around on it and just watched it go," said Sandoval. "It's a good sign when you start the season like this after you win a World Series."

San Francisco received its first run from Lincecum when the pitcher's RBI groundout tied the contest at 1-1. Brandon Crawford advanced to third on the play after reaching with a double and scored on a fielding error by Skip Schumaker to put the Giants in front.

The Dodgers got a run back in the fifth when Matt Kemp scored on Cruz's sacrifice fly, but Lincecum halted the damage from there, getting A.J. Ellis to fly out with runners on first and second to end the inning.

"Tim (Lincecum) wasn't sharp with his pitches, and we had our chances, but just couldn't get a big hit against him," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.

Pence restored San Francisco's three-run edge in the top half of the sixth with a solo homer, making it 5-2.

Los Angeles had the bases loaded in the bottom half of the inning with no one out, but came away with just one-run on Kemp's double-play groundout.

The Dodgers then put a seventh inning leadoff double by Andre Ethier to waste, leaving him stranded at second with three straight fly outs. After producing just one hit in the eighth, the Dodgers went down 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Game Notes

Lincecum last walked seven on Sept. 7, 2012 against the Dodgers ... Los Angeles will host Pittsburgh for a three-game set on Friday .. Crawford had three hits for the Dodgers ... Angel Pagan had an RBI for San Francisco.

Barnum hopes to lift Portland State in 2015

Portland State and new coach Bruce Barnum will face two FBS opponents and five teams at home as part of an 11-game 2015 schedule announced on Thursday.

NASCAR News
Pence breaks arm, out 6-to-8 weeks

The defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants will be without a key regular for perhaps the first month of the 2015 season after All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence fractured his left forearm in Thursday's spring training game.

Blazers' Matthews ruptures Achilles in win

Portland, OR (Sports Network) - The Portland Trail Blazers announced after their 94-75 win over the Dallas Mavericks that shooting guard Wesley Matthews will miss the remainder of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Ovechkin ruled out vs. Wild

Washington Capitals star forward Alex Ovechkin will not play in Thursday night's game against the Minnesota Wild due to a lower-body injury.

Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.