Giants Beat L.A. and Climb into 2nd Place

20 year-old Bumgarner Pitches Giants to Victory

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    NEWSLETTERS

    LOS ANGELES -- The Giants and Dodgers are headed in opposite directions as the second half of the season unfolds. San Francisco is moving up in the standings; the Dodgers keep plunging.

     

    Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and San Francisco won 5-2 Monday night for its fourth win in five games since the All-Star break.

    The Giants' 10th win in their last 12 games moved them past Colorado into second place in the NL West, four games behind idle San Diego.

     

    The Dodgers have lost five in a row, including a four-game sweep at St. Louis, since the break and seven of their last 11. They dropped a season-high-tying six games behind the Padres.

     

    "You get what you earn. Right now we've given a lot away and we have to find a way of getting back on track," manager Joe Torre said. "We've left a lot of men on base lately."

     

    They dominated the Giants in the first half, winning five of six, including a three-game sweep last month in San Francisco.

     

    But the Dodgers never got their offense untracked against Madison Bumgarner (3-2). The left-hander allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two.

     

    "It's pretty intense with the rivalry," Bumgarner said. "I wish I could've been a little more focused in the sixth. I definitely didn't make some pitches I needed to make."

     

    All-Star Brian Wilson pitched the ninth and loaded the bases with two outs before striking out Casey Blake to earn his 26th save -- tied for tops in the NL -- in 28 chances.

     

    "We've seen him quite a few times do that. It's part of Giants baseball," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's not fun, believe me."