The Los Angeles Dodgers are a great team, one headed for the playoffs. However, that hasn’t affected Tony Abreu.
Abreu made a strong case for making next year’s roster, driving in four runs and powering the San Francisco Giants past the Dodgers 6-4. Barry Zito got a well-deserved win in his final start with the team.
Zito struggled in the middle innings, but he was sharp early. San Francisco’s offense was as well, scoring six runs off of Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco. Abreu cleared the bases with a second-inning triple, and he knocked in another run with a single.
Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run home run as well, giving the Giants a 5-0 fourth-inning lead.
The Dodgers made that 5-2 by scoring two runs (with just one being earned thanks to an error by Brandon Crawford) off of Zito, and they made it 5-3 with a sacrifice fly by A.J. Ellis. In the eighth, after an Abreu single helped the Giants’ lead, Matt Kemp hit an RBI single. Kemp also knocked in a run with a fourth-inning double.
J.P. Howell, Carlos Marmol and Brandon League finished the game with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. As for the Giants, George Kontos, Jean Machi, Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo surrendered two runs in four innings. Romo, with the aid of a spectacular, diving play by third baseman Nick Noonan, saved the game for the 37th time this season.
The Giants will play the Dodgers for the last time tomorrow, as Tim Lincecum will make what could be his final start as a Giant.