LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ryan Vogelsong's intense expression suggested he was locked in from his first pitch. Then he proved it with a season-high 7 1-3 innings of one-run ball.
Brett Pill supplied the offense with a two-run homer off Clayton Kershaw and the San Francisco Giants defeated the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 Tuesday night, ending a streak of 12 straight winning decisions at home by the reigning NL Cy Young winner.
Vogelsong (1-2) allowed eight hits while walking three and striking out one.
"I tried to slow myself down. I was rushing through that curveball," he said. "I was leaving that up. I just tried to command the zone better."
The Giants snapped an 0-6 skid against Kershaw with their first win against him since Aug. 1, 2010.
"These games against them seem like they're always close," Vogelsong said. "It definitely feels like there's a little more energy in here after this win. Hopefully this will be the one that gets us going a little bit."
Kershaw hadn't lost at home since April 16, 2011, against St. Louis.
"I don't care about that. It's just frustrating to lose," he said. "It's probably one of the better days I felt this season. I had one rough inning, but overall, I felt pretty good."
The Dodgers loaded the bases against Vogelsong in the bottom of the eighth inning. Pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu walked, Dee Gordon reached on a bunt single to Vogelsong, and Mark Ellis had a sacrifice bunt. Vogelsong intentionally walked Matt Kemp before turning it over to Javier Lopez, who got Andre Ethier to ground into a double play — one of four the Giants' defense turned a night after committing three errors.
"The defense really picked me up," Vogelsong said. "They made some great plays."
Lopez got the first two outs in the ninth and Santiago Casilla retired Juan Uribe for his sixth save in seven attempts.
Vogelsong pitched into the eighth inning for the first time this season.
"This is as strong as he's been this year as far as both sides of the plate, changing speeds," catcher Buster Posey said. "He's always got such a good focus. That's what's been so impressive."