Tony Abreu, former property of the Los Angeles Dodgers, knocked in four runs on Wednesday night to help the San Francisco Giants to a 6-4 win.
After hitting a solo home run Tuesday, Abreu continued his hot hitting against the Dodgers. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the second inning, Abreu hit a ball into the deep part of right-center field for a bases clearing triple.
For Dodger starter Ricky Nolasco the triple meant that he has now given up 16 runs (14 earned) in the first three innings of his last three starts. Overall in the last three starts Nolasco is 0-2 with a 12.75 ERA.
Just a couple weeks ago Nolasco looked like he would be the third starter when it came time for the playoffs. There was no way that was happening before this start but it was confirmed yet again.
After trailing 3-0 early, the Dodgers were able to get three straight hits in the top of the fourth including a double from Matt Kemp that scored Yasiel Puig. Later in the inning Jerry Hairston hit a ball up the middle that shortstop Brandon Crawford knocked down but was unable to get an out and Carl Crawford scored to cut the lead to 3-2.
That would be as close as the Dodgers would get as Pablo Sandoval answered right back in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run homer to make it 5-2.
The teams traded runs in the sixth with an A.J. Ellis sac fly and another RBI on a double from Abreu. In the series first two games Abreu is 3-for-7 with five RBI out of the seven runs the Giants have scored.
Kemp also added an RBI single in the eighth inning for his third hit of the night. If there is a positive to take away from Wednesday it would be that Kemp is now 11-for-28(.393) since returning from the DL last week.
Barry Zito made his last start as a Giants pitcher count as he beat the Dodgers by only allowing the two runs in five innings. The seven year, $126 million dollar deal is over after this season and after going 63-80 over the life of the contract there is zero chance the Giants pick up Zito’s $7 million dollar option.
The Dodgers are all but locked in to the third seed in the west and will be on the road for the first round of the playoffs starting Thursday of next week.
Edinson Volquez will take on Tim Lincecum in the series finale on Thursday.
WP: Barry Zito (5-11)
LP: Ricky Nolasco (13-11)
S: Sergio Romo (37)