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The NL West leaders are hoping they don’t have to watch a repeat performance any time soon.
“This was one of those games. We’ve probably had four or five of them all year,” manager Don Mattingly said. “I think it’s probably a lot easier to write one of these off than it is to blow a two-run lead in the ninth, a game you really should have won. We really didn’t have a chance to win this game.”
The Dodgers‘ magic number for clinching the West title remained at four.
The last time the Dodgers allowed 19 runs at home was on Sept. 12, 1961, when Philadelphia won 19-10 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in a game started by none other than Sandy Koufax. Dodger Stadium opened the following season.
The Giants posted their highest-scoring game since a 23-8 rout at Atlanta on June 8, 1990. It was the biggest run total against the Dodgers since the Cubs beat them 20-1 at Wrigley Field on May 5, 2001.
“Any time something significant like that happens, it’s something to be grateful for and something to be humbled by,” Pence said. “It’s a good feeling, but we’ve got to remember it’s just one win. We had a lot of good at-bats and a lot of good swings.”
“It was a sloppy game all the way around,” Nolasco said. “I felt great, that’s the funny thing about this game. Things just didn’t go our way today and some balls found spots. It wasn’t my day, it wasn’t the team’s day.”
The reigning World Series champions scored three times in the first, including an RBI single by Pence. Tim Lincecum got to bat before he ever threw a pitch, grounding out after a bases-loaded walk to Brandon Crawford.
“Things like this happen. If this was happening regular, I’d maybe say I had some concerns,” Mattingly said. “But as good as Ricky’s been pitching _ and he has one bad outing _ I can’t say I’m really concerned. They had his number, but anybody we sent out there … it was just one of those nights.”
Pence hit a two-run single in a four-run second. He added his fourth career slam in the fifth against Stephen Fife, connecting exactly one year after his previous one. His 23rd homer made it 12-1.
Lincecum (10-13) won his fourth consecutive decision. The two-time NL Cy Young winner allowed three runs and five hits over six innings and struck out six. It’s the first time Lincecum has won more than three straight decisions since a five-game string in early 2010.
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