Giants 4, Dodgers 3
LOS ANGELES -- Hunter Pence continued his haunting of Dodger Stadium and Brett Pill broke a late tie with a solo home run as the San Francisco Giants claimed a series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 4-3 win on Sunday afternoon.
With the score tied at three in the top of the eighth inning, Pill stroked a home run to left field off Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez, clinching a 3-1 series win for the Giants.
Before that, Pence accounted for much of the San Francisco offense, as he has throughout the second half of the season.
Pence, who leads the National league in RBIs, runs and slugging percentage in September, homered twice, giving him home runs in four straight games and five in the four-game series. Pence, who had six RBIs and a home run against Colorado on Sept. 10 and seven RBIs on three hits against the Dodgers in 19-3 win on Sunday, had three more RBIs on Sunday.
Against the resurgent Edinson Volquez, Pence was a pest, as he chased the Los Angeles starter after his second home run, a two-run shot, in the sixth inning. Volquez went 5 2/3 innings and allowed five hits, three runs and seven strikeouts.
With a patchwork Dodgers offense that was missing half of its regular lineup, San Francisco pitchers were not dominant but did enough to get by.
Ryan Vogelsong allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings while walking none and striking out two. Jean Machi, Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo each pitched an inning of relief, and Romo picked up his 35th save despite loading the bases before inducing a groundout from pinch hitter Yasiel Puig.
Pence's sixth-inning home run tied the game at three after Adrian Gonzalez cleared the bases for the Dodgers with a three-run double in the fifth inning.
NOTES: Puig was one of several Dodger regulars left out of the starting lineup, although he did appear as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning. Puig (left hip soreness) does not need an MRI but could miss some of the team's 10-day road trip. ... Los Angeles LF Carl Crawford sat out with back tightness and CF Andre Ethier had the day off with a sore ankle. ... Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez has been suffering a sore left hamstring that required two cortizone injections late last week. ... OF Matt Kemp, who has been sidelined since July 21 with a sprained ankle, could make his return this week as he is expected to join the team in Arizona. ... According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Pence became the first Giant since Willie Mays to hit a home run in every game of a four-game set against Los Angeles.