LOS ANGELES (AP) — From a personal standpoint, wins and losses aren't as important to Ryan Vogelsong as vindication. So is keeping his team in the games he pitches.
Thursday night, the San Francisco Giants' right-hander succeeded on both counts, pitching into the eighth inning and giving them a chance to pull out a 3-1 victory in 10 over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez drove in the decisive run with a sacrifice fly in the opener of a four-game series.
"A lot of my focus right now is not proving people wrong, but proving the people right that believe in me," Vogelsong said. "I know that there's certain people that had a big say in me coming back this year, and I know it was up in the air for a while. ... So I'm just trying to reward the people that wanted me back and prove them right."
Vogelsong yielded one run and five hits through 7 1-3 in his seventh start and third against the defending NL West champion Dodgers. The other two were San Francisco victories in which he did not get the decision.
"I'm just trying to make pitches, really," Vogelsong said. "Buster (Posey) called a great game and I was just trying to hit his glove, not overthink it, keep it simple and try to stay with what I've been working on mechanically. I was trying to keep the ball down, be aggressive early and trying to get quick outs."
The Giants are 5-0 in Vogelsong's last five starts against the Dodgers, and he's had a no-decision in all of them.
"I try not to concern myself too much with the wins and losses in my column," he said. "As long as the team wins the game, that's the most important thing."
Brandon Belt added an RBI single for the Giants, who had tied the score at 1 when Brandon Hicks homered off Josh Beckett in the seventh.
J.P. Howell (1-3) issued a one-out walk in the 11th to Angel Pagan, who advanced on a wild pitch by Jamey Wright before the right-hander walked Hunter Pence and Posey.
Sanchez, who came in 1 for 10 as a pinch hitter with seven strikeouts, flied out to the warning track in right field to drive in Pagan. Belt followed with a single to make it 3-1.
Santiago Casilla (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win, striking out Yasiel Puig with a runner at second to end the eighth before throwing a perfect ninth. Sergio Romo got three outs for his 11th save in as many chances.
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