Gonzalez lifts Dodgers over Giants 3-2 in 10

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 13, 2013 at 2:18 am •  Published: September 13, 2013
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — With two strikes on him, Adrian Gonzalez kept looking for something he could hit.

He found it on the seventh pitch of his at-bat, singling home the winning run in the 10th inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night.

It was Gonzalez's second game-ending hit this season and the eighth of his career, helping the Dodgers win in extra innings for the second time in two days.

"I take it just like any other at-bat with runners in scoring position," he said. "Not try to get too big on any pitch."

The Dodgers reduced their magic number to five for clinching their first NL West title since 2009. They won for the seventh time in eight games against the rival Giants, a stretch that began with a three-game home sweep June 24-26.

The loss ended last-place San Francisco's streak of four consecutive winning seasons.

Carl Crawford opened the 10th with a single off Jeremy Affeldt (1-5), activated from the disabled list before the game.

Pinch-hitter Nick Punto sacrificed Crawford to second before Gonzalez stroked a single into center field for the Dodgers' eighth walk-off win of the season.

"Carl is pretty fast," Gonzalez said. "I knew he was going to go all the way."

The Dodgers' ritual celebration awaited Gonzalez, who had his jersey torn off as the crowd cheered.

"That's one of the reasons we want home-field advantage in the playoffs," he said.

Brian Wilson (2-1) earned his second win with the Dodgers after pitching against his former teammates for the first time since spending seven seasons in San Francisco, where he was part of two World Series championship teams.

"It's obviously different hitting him instead of catching him, but just looking at the velocity of the cutter and the fastball, it's pretty close to where he always is," Giants catcher Buster Posey said.

Wilson tossed a shutout inning, and he's thrown scoreless relief in 10 of his 11 appearances this season.

"I didn't do anything," he said, breezing past reporters on his way out after the game.

Gregor Blanco's RBI single off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen tied the score 2-all in the ninth.

Jansen allowed a leadoff single to Pablo Sandoval. He was replaced by pinch-runner Juan Perez, who stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball by catcher Tim Federowicz.