LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 09: Tony Gwynn #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a triple in front of Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants to score three runs and take a 4-2 lead during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on May 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Dodgers Vs. Giants: L.A. Rallies Off Lincecum To Capture Series Win

The Dodgers are 12-3 at home this season.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants Final Score: Tony Gwynn Jr. Pinch-Hit Triple Keys 6-2 Win

The Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning off Tim Lincecum to help defeat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 at Dodger Stadium Wednesday night in the final game of a three-game series between the two rivals. The key blow for the Dodgers was a bases-loaded triple by Tony Gwynn Jr. that turned a one-run deficit into a two-run Dodgers advantage.

Chad Billingsley had allowed two runs in four innings to that point, but was wild with four walks and had thrown 85 pitches. Manager Don Mattingly decided to pull his starter in favor of Gwynn, a move that paid off handsomely for the Dodgers.

"At that point, he's at 85 pitches, it's a 2-1 game. We've got a chance to score a run. At most he's got one more inning," Mattingly said.

Jamey Wright pitched two perfect innings, striking out three, for his second win of the season, and was able to bridge the gap to the back end of the Dodgers bullpen.

"We were able to grab that momentum there, and Jamey Wright came in and shut the door. His two innings were huge," Mattingly said.

Scott Van Slyke, making his major league debut, picked up a pinch hit RBI single in the sixth inning to score A.J. Ellis, becoming the first Dodger in 51 years to pick up a pinch-hit RBI in his first major league at-bat.

"I wasn't as nervous as I thought I'd be," Van Slyke said. "Stepping into the box I wanted to get that first swing out of the way to calm my nerves."

MRI results for Jerry Hairston Jr. showed a strained left hamstring that might land the utility man on the disabled list. The Dodgers will discuss what to do with Hairston on their off day Thursday, before the Colorado Rockies come to town on Friday. Hairston, who suffered the injury Sunday in Chicago, has missed the last three games.

"I'm holding out hope, but I want to be smart," Hairston said after the game. "If it's going to take 10 days to heal or 14-15 days, you'd rather take that especially this time of the year, than running the risk of blowing it out and missing two months."

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Dodgers Vs. Giants Starting Lineups: Mark Ellis Gets Routine Night Off.

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to rebound from Tuesday night's loss as they battle the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. Chad Billingsley looks for his third win of the season as he takes the mound for the Dodgers.

Billingsley is 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA so far this season in six starts, including 1-0 at Dodger Stadium in two starts. Billingsley has allowed two total runs in those two home starts. Tim Lincecum (2-2, 5.68 ERA) starts for the Giants.

Mark Ellis gets a routine night off for the Dodgers, as manager Don Mattingly will utilize Thursday's off day to give Ellis two days of rest while only missing one game. Mattingly said he would do the same with catcher A.J. Ellis, as Matt Treanor will likely start Friday's series opener against the Colorado Rockies. Adam Kennedy starts at second base for the Dodger on Wednesday.

Here are Wednesday's starting lineups for the series finale against the Giants:

Giants (15-15)

Blanco CF
Burriss 2B
Cabrera LF
Posey C
Belt 1B
Schierholtz RF
Arias 3B
Crawford SS
Lincecum P

Dodgers (19-11)

Gordon SS
Kennedy 2B
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Abreu LF
Uribe 3B
Loney 1B
Ellis C
Billingsley P

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Dodgers Place Juan Rivera On DL, Recall Scott Van Slyke

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to capture a series win against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. Before the game, the Dodgers will make a roster move, with Juan Rivera headed for the 15-day disabled list and Scott Van Slyke getting recalled from Triple A Albuquerque.

The Dodgers expect Van Slyke to arrive at some point before Wednesday's game.

Rivera has a significant left hamstring strain, something he suffered while sliding into third base on Tuesday night. Rivera also was held out of the starting lineup for six games earlier this season after straining his left hamstring on April 24.

Manager Don Mattingly said it looks like Rivera will be gone longer than two weeks, saying, "It sounds like it's going to be a little longer than a little shorter."

Van Slyke, 25, hit .336/.411/.623 in Triple A this season with nine home runs in 32 games. He started 23 games in the outfield in Triple A, and six games at first base. He was added to the 40-man roster last November. The right-handed batting Van Slyke figures to share time in left field with 38-year old Bobby Abreu, whom the Dodgers signed last Friday.

Van Slyke beat out fellow Albuquerque outfielder / first baseman Jerry Sands for the call up.

"The guy we're bringing is swinging the bat the best out of that position," Mattingly said. "We talked to guys that get sent out, who's swinging the bat the best will get the call. It's a competition at all points."

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Dodgers Vs. Giants Final Score: Clayton Kershaw Allows Two Runs, But Sees Winning Streak End

Clayton Kershaw only allowed two runs in his eight strong innings on Tuesday night, but that was enough to snap his 10-game winning streak, as the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the San Francisco Giants 2-1 at Dodger Stadium in the second game of a three-game series.

Kershaw allowed a two-run home run to Brett Pill in the second inning, but recovered to retire 20 of the final 22 batters he faced. Kershaw allowed five hits on the night, and struck out seven.

"This is one of the better days I have felt this season," Kershaw said of his performance Monday night. "They made me pay for two pitches I missed spots with, one to Buster Posey, one to Pill."

The Dodgers scored a run in the bottom of the second on an RBI double by James Loney, who went 2-for-4 to snap an 0-for-13 slump. The team rallied in the seventh and eighth innings, but a pair of sacrifice bunt attempts foiled the Dodger rallies. Juan Uribe bunted into a double play to end the seventh, then after the bat was taken out of Matt Kemp's hands in the eighth inning via an intentional walk, Andre Ethier grounded into a double play to end the inning.

"I wouldn't really change anything. We just have to execute, that's all," manager Don Mattingly said after the game. "First and second nobody out we have to try to get runners over and get them in scoring position. With Mark, I do it all the time."

Chad Billingsley starts the series finale for the Dodgers on Wednesday, facing Tim Lincecum.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants: Tuesday Starting Lineups

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their second consecutive victory on Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants, in the middle game of a three-game series. Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers Tuesday night, looking to win his 11th straight decision, dating back to last season. Ryan Vogelsong starts for the Giants.

Matt Kemp sat out of the starting lineup Sunday in Chicago with a tight left hamstring, and was hesitant running the bases and in the field on Monday night, but he is back in the starting lineup for the Dodgers tonight. The Dodgers have their opening day lineup Tuesday night. Here are the starting lineups for the second game of the series.

Giants (14-15)

Pagan CF
Theriot 2B
Cabrera RF
Posey C
Pill LF
Arias 3B
Belt 1B
Crawford SS
Vogelsong P

Dodgers (19-10)

Gordon SS
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Rivera LF
Loney 1B
Uribe 3B
Ellis C
Kershaw P

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Dodgers Vs. Giants: Clayton Kershaw, Gimpy Matt Kemp Set To Battle San Francisco

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their second straight win over the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night, and they have just the man on the mound to do it in ace Clayton Kershaw.

Kershaw is 6-1 with a 1.25 ERA in his career against the Giants, with 87 strikeouts in 79 innings. Last year, Kershaw was even better against San Francisco, going 5-0 in six starts with a 1.07 ERA, including beating Tim Lincecum in four different showdowns.

Lincecum pitches on Wednesday night so we miss another showdown, but Ryan Vogelsong starts Tuesday for the Giants.

Matt Kemp went 3-for-3 with a walk on Monday night to raise his batting average back above .400, as he is now hitting .406/.488/.832. But he is also dealing with a tight left hamstring that kept him out of the starting lineup on Sunday and had Kemp running gingerly both on the bases and in the field Monday night.

Manager Don Mattingly after the game sounded sufficiently worried about his best player.

"He's a guy that knows his body really well. The balls he was hitting down the line, I could tell he was taking care and not running like he usually does, knowing it was a double and not a triple," Mattingly said. "He was just really being cautious I think. I don't know. I keep talking to the medical people and they keep telling me he's okay."

The Dodgers are 11-2 at home this season

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MLB Standings: Dodgers Open Up Big Lead In National League West

The Los Angeles Dodgers opened their three-game series with the San Francisco Giants with a 9-1 win Monday night, an always welcome accomplishment against their longtime rivals. The win opened an eight-game homestand for the Dodgers, with all eight games against National League West opponents.

In face, the next 10 games for the Dodgers are against divisional foes, with a two-game trip to San Diego to face the Padres on the docket next week. The Dodgers have built a five-game lead in the NL West, and have an opportunity to widen that gap with some strong home play. Here are the NL West standings:

National League West Standings
Team W-L Pct GB
Dodgers 19-10 .655 ---
San Francisco 14-15 .483 5
Arizona 14-16 .467
Colorado 12-16 .425
San Diego 10-20 .333
Through games of May 7

The five-game lead is the largest of the season for the Dodgers. The Dodgers are 11-2 at home this season, and play 17 of their next 22 games at Dodger Stadium.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants Final Score: Ted Lilly Improves To 4-0 With 9-1 Win

Ted Lilly pitched six strong innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers took advantage of late San Francisco Giants mistakes in a 9-1 win in the opener of a three-game series on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

Lilly allowed just one run on four hits in his six innings, improving to 4-0 on the season. Lilly has allowed five earned runs in five starts on the season, and struck out six and walked two on Monday.

A.J. Ellis was 2-for-4 and drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning with an RBI double. Ellis has reached base in a career-high 19 straight games and sports a .444 on-base percentage on the season.

Matt Kemp returned to the starting lineup Monday night and went 3-for-3, raising his batting average back over the .400 mark, at .406. The Dodgers plated five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to make this one a blowout.

Both teams committed three errors on Monday.

Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for the Dodgers Tuesday night in the second game of the series. Ryan Vogelsong gets the call for San Francisco.

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Dodgers Pick Kenley Jansen Over Javy Guerra As Closer

The Los Angeles Dodgers demoted Javy Guerra from the closer role on Monday, after the right-hander blew his third save of the season Sunday in Chicago. Kenley Jansen will now close games for the Dodgers.

Guerra has allowed at least one run in four of his last five outings, a span that included two blown saves, one other loss, and another tie game in which he allowed two runs. Manager Don Mattingly met with Guerra Monday afternoon to deliver the news.

"I felt good about Colorado. He was able to close that one out, and get CarGo on a big punchout to end the game. I thought that had a chance to build that confidence and get over the hump," Mattingly said, referring to Guerra's save last Tuesday in against the Rockies at Coors Field. "It's just been too much. The uncertainty of it really tells me I have to make that move."

Jansen is tied for the major league lead with 16 appearances and no reliever in baseball has struck out more than the 27 by Jansen.

"He's going to get the first shot at it," Mattingly said of Jansen. "I've known all along that Kenley with his strikeouts profiles as that kind of guy."

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Dodgers Vs. Giants: Matt Kemp, Juan Uribe Return To Starting Lineup

The Los Angeles Dodgers return home Monday night to open an eight-game homestand against National League West foes. Monday begins a three-game series with the rival San Francisco Giants, their first visit to Dodger Stadium this season.

Matt Kemp did not start on Sunday due to a tight left hamstring, but he is back in the starting lineup on Monday night. Juan Uribe returns to the starting lineup for the first time in a week after battling a left wrist injury. Uribe, who made one pinch hitting appearance in the last five games, saw a specialist on Monday morning.

Monday's series opener features a pair of crafty left-handers opposing one another on the mound, with Ted Lilly starting for the Dodgers and Barry Zito getting the call for the Giants. Here are the starting lineups for Monday's series opener:

Giants (14-14)

Pagan CF
Theriot 2B
Cabrera RF
Posey 1B
Pill LF
Arias SS
Sanchez C
Gillaspie 3B
Zito P

Dodgers (18-10)

Gordon SS
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Rivera 1B
Abreu LF
Uribe 3B
Ellis C
Lilly P

Bobby Abreu, who was signed last Friday, switched numbers from 33 to 23.

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