Lilly, Dodgers beat Giants 9-1

Associated Press Modified: May 8, 2012 at 1:46 am •  Published: May 8, 2012
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"We're pretty beat up as a team," Zito added. "Obviously, we're sustaining blow after blow right now, and losing Mota obviously was the latest blow. And it keeps on coming. But it's a good test for us. We just need to have the momentum start to turn."

Giants leadoff hitter Angel Pagan was 0 for 5 and didn't hit a ball out of the infield, ending his hitting streak at 20 games and leaving him tied with injured teammate Pablo Sandoval for the longest streak in the majors this season.

Kemp, who won his second Gold Glove last year, committed his first error of the season when he tried to short-hop Melky Cabrera's leadoff single in the sixth and it got past him. Cabrera advanced on a wild pitch and scored the tying run on a single by Joaquin Arias, his fifth RBI in 10 games since getting recalled from Triple-A Fresno.

Kemp, who leads the majors with 12 home runs, was not in the starting lineup Sunday because of tight left hamstring — although he pinch-hit to extend his consecutive game streak, which is currently at 394. He had two singles and a walk against Zito.

"I was just kind of taking it easy in certain situations and not trying to go too hard. I know it sounds bad, but I'm just trying to be there for my team and help us win some games," said Kemp, who went all out to track down Arias' drive to the warning track in right-center in the second inning after a long run.

"I was just a little scared (to push the hamstring) because I don't want to feel that thing grab." Kemp greeted Steve Edlefsen with a double leading off the seventh and scored when the right-hander knocked down Rivera's hard comebacker and threw the ball past third base trying to get Kemp. The Giants committed three errors overall, matching the Dodgers' total. San Francisco has a major league-worst 33 errors.

NOTES: Jackie Robinson's widow, Rachel Robinson, participated in the ceremonial first pitch. ... This was Ned Colletti's 1,000th regular-season game as Dodgers general manager since taking the job in November 2005. He spent 11 seasons with the Giants, the last nine as assistant GM. ... Cy Young winners Clayton Kershaw and Tim Lincecum will miss facing each other by one day because of the way the rotations are lined up. Kershaw pitches Tuesday night against Ryan Vogelsong and Lincecum goes Wednesday night against Chad Billingsley. ... Before the game, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced that Kenley Jansen would replace Javy Guerra as his closer.

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