Facing the Giants ace, Tim Lincecum, the Dodger offense was held to one hit over the first five innings, two over eight and finally "broke out" with an infield hit and a ground single to left in the ninth inning to tie the game at two.
Andre Ethier beat out an infield single in the fourth, Juan Pierre tripled and scored in the sixth, Rafael Furcal collected another infield hit in the ninth before Ethier tied the game with a ground single into right field with two out.
Just another normal Dodgers-Giants game, right?
Jeff Weaver started for the Dodgers and it looked like the game could go up in smoke in the second inning. Weaver served up a leadoff triple, hit the next batter and then walked the bases full. Casey Blake threw out the runner attempting to score on a ground ball, Lincecum struck out and Valdez his a shot directly to Matt Kemp in center.
The fifth inning was a microcosm of the last 100+ years of the rivalry. Eugeneio Valdez bounced a ground rule double into the left-center field seats to lead off. Freddie Sanchez singled to center and Matt Kemps throw sailed well behind home plate.
Valdez slid in and hit the leaping Russell Martin, taking his legs out from under him and dumping him hard as the Giants went up 1-0. James McDonald, who had taken over for Weaver in the fourth, came inside to Pablo Sandoval and television replays seem to indicate he was hit on his left elbow.
He reacted angrily and gestured toward McDonald. Martin quickly jumped out from behind the plate and confronted him, drawing players from each dugout to the home plate area where they milled around doing the usual shoving and pushing that comes from a baseball fight.
The umpires conferred and decided Sandoval wasn't hit by the pitch and called him back to the plate when things finally quieted down. McDonald made up from the apparent mistaken call and walked him. He fanned the next Giants batter and Hong-Chih Kuo took over.
He forced a ground ball to Juan Castro, playing second in place of Orlando Hudson. He attempted to tag Sandoval but he fell to the ground and Castro tagged him with his glove and threw to first.
The second base umpire calls Sandoval out, then the decision was reversed by the first base umpire who noticed the no-tag play. But he did call the batter out and replays showed that he missed that call by a foot, causing more mumbling and grumbling from the San Francisco dugout.
Manager Bruce Bochy was ejected in the second protesting a call. Bench coach Ron Wotus was ejected in the ninth for the same thing. The Giants were down to their third in command by the 10th inning.
Then Kuo went wild, walking the next two batters to force in a second run before striking out Uribe and leaving the bases loaded. That ended the Giants' scoring for the next five innings but the Dodgers continued to struggle with Tim Lincecum, who was in complete control.
That is until the top of the sixth when Juan Pierre pinch-hit for Kuo and tripled to the distant left-center field wall. Furcal bounced a ball to the second baseman to drive him in and cut the lead to 2-1.
After Pierre's triple, nine straight Dodgers were retired before Furcal hit a little ground ball to short and was called safe on the play. Again the replays showed that the ball beat Rafael by a comfortable margin.
Martin, who was 1-for-13 in the series, drove a long shot to the track in center field for the second out and Furcal tagged and advanced to second base. Ethier's two-strike single tied the score and knocked Lincecum out of the game.
The Giants got a runner into scoring position in the last of the ninth and couldn't push him across. Uribe dropped a soft pop off the bat of James Loney in the top of the 10th but the Dodgers couldn't move him on.
Mota walked the first Giant in the last of the 10th, retired pinch-hitter Randy Winn on a fly to left and then Uribe smashed the Los Angeles visions of a sweep with a long drive half-way up the left field stands.
Los Angeles finished hitting .500 with runners in scoring position but that was only 1-for-2. The Giants struggled, going 1-for-11 and leaving a dozen men on base.
The Dodgers used Weaver, McDonald, Kuo, Ronald Belisario, Ramon Troncoso, George Sherrill and Mota, knowing they have today off before moving to Phoenix for a three-game series with the Diamondbacks.
Score by innings Los Angeles 000 001 001 0-2 San Francisco 000 200 000 2-4 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Furcal ss 4 1 1 1 .263 Martin c-3b 4 0 0 0 .264 Ethier rf 4 0 2 1 .275 Ramirez lf 3 0 0 0 .315 Blake 3b-1b 4 0 0 0 .283 Loney 1b 4 0 0 0 .291 Mota p 0 0 0 0 .000 Kmp cf 4 0 0 0 .310 Castro 2b 2 0 0 0 .307 Hudson ph 1 0 0 0 .294 Sherrill p 0 0 0 0 .000 Ausmus ph-c 1 0 0 0 .310 Weaver p 1 0 0 0 .000 McDonald p 0 0 0 0 .000 Kuo p 0 0 0 0 .000 Pierre ph 1 1 1 0 .319 Belisario p 0 0 0 0 .000 Troncoso p 0 0 0 0 .000 Loretta 2b 1 0 0 0 .236 Totals 34 2 4 2 San Francisco 33 4 8 4 Three-base hits- Pierre (5). RBI- Furcal (33), Ethier (76). LOB- Los Angeles 3, San Francisco 12. DP- Furcal, Castro and Loney; Blake, Loretta and Loney. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Weaver 3.0 2 0-0 2 3 3.71 McDonald 1.1 3 2-2 1 4 4.33 Kuo 0.2 0 0-0 2 1 4.38 Belisario 1.0 0 0-0 1 0 2.32 Troncoso 1.0 0 0-0 1 0 2.71 Sherrill 2.0 2 0-0 1 0 2.03 Mota (3-4) 0.1 1 2-2 1 0 3.72 HBP- by Weaver. T- 3:28. Att- 43,300.