Dodgers rout Lincecum, Giants
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers hammered Tim Lincecum early and Yusmeiro Petit often on the way to one of their best offensive displays of the season.
Yasmani Grandal homered twice, Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner also went deep, and the Dodgers knocked Lincecum out of the game in the second inning en route to a 10-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday night. It was the earliest exit ever for two-time Cy Young Award winner in 260 regular-season starts in the big leagues.
"I don't think there's really a game plan with Lincecum. I mean, he's been doing it for a long time," Grandal said. "This was just one of those days where he had a bad day, and we just happened to go off on him."
All four homers came against Petit during a span of 15 batters after the right-hander relieved Lincecum, and raised the Dodgers' NL-leading total to 91. In Petit's 19 previous appearances this season, he had allowed five home runs in 38 innings.
"He doesn't throw it that hard to get it by you, and today he was just leaving balls up," Grandal said. "He made some mistakes and we capitalized on them. I've faced Petit a lot in the past couple of years, and he's pretty good. He has that kind of invincible ball that he throws on the bottom of the zone and you think it's a ball, but it just keeps getting called a strike."
Lincecum (7-4) retired only four of the 12 batters he faced, including Anderson on a sacrifice bunt. The four-time All-Star right-hander surrendered five runs on seven hits and was done after 53 pitches.
"My fastball location wasn't there," Lincecum said. "They battled me through some at-bats, and I wasn't finishing them off with my secondary pitches. I'm not finishing hitters off the way I used to, and I'm giving them more chances than need be. I was leaving curve balls up in the zone and getting behind in counts.
"I just wasn't doing a good job of executing my pitches out there," he added. "I was actually doing a really poor job. Just about every hit I gave up, the ball was up in the zone. I could have pitched a lot better than I did, but I'll try my best not to let it linger at all."
Matt Cain and Jake Peavy are working their way back from injuries, which will leave manager Bruce Bochy with a difficult decision — who might have to go to the bullpen? That was where Lincecum ended up in last season when he was struggling.
"You just go about your business, and whoever makes the decision for that to happen, it's up to them," Lincecum said. "You can't control that, so you've just got to worry about what you can control — and that's what you do when you get out there."
Grandal made it 6-1 in the third, leading off with a drive into the right field pavilion. Gonzalez and Grandal hit solo shots in the fourth, and Turner made it 10-1 in the fifth with a two-run drive to center field. Grandal increased his home run total to 10 with his fourth career multihomer game and second this season.
Brett Anderson (3-4) yielded a run and five hits in six innings, after going 0-3 with a 3.38 ERA over his previous seven starts. The Dodgers' third victory in 12 meetings with the Giants this season kept them in first place in the NL West by 1 1-2 games over the defending World Series champions.
The Dodgers took the lead in the first when Turner drew a two-out walk, advanced to third on a single by Gonzalez and scored on Lincecum's wild pitch to Howie Kendrick.
"It looked like Timmy was going to have an easy first inning with a couple of quick outs," Bochy said. "But that two-out walk made it turn into a stressful inning, and it might have played a part in the second one."
Giants: LF and leadoff hitter Nori Aoki did not play because of a bruise near his right ankle, which occurred on Saturday when he was hit by a pitch leading off the game.
Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (7-4) pitched eight innings in each of his last two starts, but was on the short end of 1-0 and 2-0 losses to Arizona's Chase Anderson and Seattle's Felix Hernandez. Last year's World Series MVP goes into Tuesday night's opener of a three-game set against San Diego trying to avoid losing three straight starts for the first time since June 27 and July 3-8, 2014.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (5-4) gets the start tonight against the Chicago Cubs in the opener of a 10-game trip. The reigning NL MVP and three-time Cy Young Award winner has given up 34 earned runs in 93 innings — just five fewer than he allowed in 198 1-3 innings all of last season, when he led the majors in ERA for the fourth straight year with a career-best 1.77 mark. Kershaw already has matched last year's total of home runs allowed with nine.