Wells worked six innings in what might be his final game in Dodger Blue. He allowed seven hits and a pair of earned runs after his error on a wild pickoff accounted for the third S.F. run.
The victory was No. 239 for Wells, tying him with Mordecai "Three Fingers" Brown for 53rd on the all-time wins list. He finished the season 4-1 in seven starts for Los Angeles and 9-9 overall.
When he wasn't allowed to pitch the seventh inning, he said it dawned on him that if nothing happens, this might have been the last time.
He was picked two weeks after San Diego had released him and gave Los Angeles a shot in the arm. When asked if he had pitched his final game in the major leagues, he said, "It could be, you never know," he said. "Hopefully, I'll entertain offers, if there are any. I told Ned Colletti, earlier today, I wouldn't mind coming back here. I gave him my number and told him to give me a call if he wants. But I won't be disappointed if I don't play.
"It's nice to go out with a win. It shows I've still got a little bit of life and something left in the tank."
Wells' 239th career victory moved him past Hall of Famer Whitey Ford and put him alone in 13th place among lefties.
"He did what we expected him to do and what we needed him to do," Little said of Wells. "He's an amazing human being. Anything he does wouldn't surprise me."
Scott Proctor, Jonathan Broxton and D.J. Houlton each added a scoreless inning.
The Giants will pack their bags after the season-ending game Sunday having recorded the worst San Francisco season since 1996 when they also finished in last place. And it is only the second time since divisional play started that the Dodgers and Giants finished in the bottom two spots in the standings.
"It's disappointing in all aspects -- for both organizations," former Dodger outfielder Dave Roberts said. "I mean, you look at the schedule before the season, and you figure that these three games are going to have some type of impact. But as it stands now, it doesn't. In my opinion, the NL West is the toughest division in baseball, top to bottom."
Los Angeles used RBI doubles from Matt Kemp and Andy LaRoche in the first and an RBI single by the "Old Slugger" himself, Well, in the second to take a 3-2 lead they would hold the rest of the game. Wells moved to third on Juan Pierre's single and scored on Valdez's sac fly.
On the anniversary of his nine-RBI game against Colorado, Loney continued to confuse his detractors who clained he had no power, slugging his 15th homer into the right field bullpen on an 0-2 pitch to extend the Dodgers' margin to 5-2 in the third. The rookie first baseman is hitting .402 in September with nine homers and 32 RBIs, the most in the majors.
Barry Bonds, who wanted his final home game with the Giants to be his swan song with the team he spent the past 15 years with, joined his teammates for the start of their final series together although he was wearing a boot to protect his injured toe.
Chad Billingsley (12-5, 3.09 ERA) opposes Travis Blackley (1-1, 3.60 ERA) tonight in Game 2 of their final series of the season.
Score by innings San Francisco 110 010 000-3 Los Angeles 221 000 21x-8 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Pierre cf 4 0 2 1 .293 Valdez 2b 2 1 1 2 .209 Kemp rf 4 1 1 1 .332 Loney 1b 4 1 1 1 .336 LaRoche 3b 3 1 1 1 .226 Ethier lf 3 0 0 0 .286 Moeller c 3 2 1 0 .167 Hu ss 3 0 1 1 .227 Wells p 2 1 1 1 .151 Proctor p 0 0 0 0 .000 Sweeney ph 1 1 1 0 .262 Broxton p 0 0 0 0 .000 Young ph 1 0 0 0 .407 Houlton p 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 30 8 10 8 Giants 32 3 9 2 Error- Wells (3). 2B- Kemp (10), LaRoche (5). HR- Loney (15). RBI- Kemp (41), LaRoche (10), Wells (1), Valdez 2 (7), Loney (67), Pierre (48), Hu (5). S- Hu. SF- Valdez. CS- Pierre (15). LOB- Los Angeles 4, San Francisco 5. DP- 4 Valdez, Hu and Loney; Hu Valdez and Loney 2; Loney. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Wells (4-1) 6.0 7 3-2 1 3 5.43 Proctor 1.0 0 0-0 1 1 3.69 Broxton 1.0 0 0-0 1 1 2.65 Houlton 1.0 2 0-0 0 0 3.60 HBP- Moeller. TD- 2:38. At- 47,696.Dodger Blue Notes-- With two games left in the season, center fielder Juan Pierre needs four runs to reach 100 for the fourth time in seven seasons and seven hits to reach 200 for the fourth time in five years. And All-Star catcher Russell Martin, who is hitting .295, has an outside chance to finish with a .300 batting average. ...Eric Stults will draw the start on the final day of the season Sunday. ...Chad Moeller is being considered as the backup to starter Russell Martin. This year's backup, Mike Lieberthal, has a $1.4 million club option for next year or a $100,000 buyout and is a very longshot to be invited back.