Dodgers Blank Giants 8-0

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eric Stults pitched a four-hitter for his second career shutout and the Los Angeles Dodgers earned their first win since Manny Ramirez was suspended, beating the San Francisco Giants 8-0 on Saturday.

Juan Pierre was 3-for-5 with two doubles and recorded his first three RBIs since taking over in left field for Ramirez. Juan Castro had three hits and drove in two runs for the defending NL champions, who are 1-2 since their dreadlocked slugger was banished for 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a banned drug.

Stults (4-1) gave the Dodgers their first complete game of the season, going the distance for the second time in 20 career starts. His other complete game came on June 25, when he beat the Chicago White Sox 5-0 at Dodger Stadium with a four-hitter and threw 116 pitches.

The 29-year-old left-hander, who was recalled from Triple-A on April 11 to replace the injured Hiroki Kuroda in the rotation, threw 123 pitches while striking out five and walking none in his third start against the Giants this season. Stults also had an RBI single that capped a three-run eighth.

Jonathan Sanchez (1-3) gave up five runs and six hits, walked four and struck out four in five innings. The left-hander is 0-2 with a 5.19 ERA in five starts against the Dodgers.

Stults retired his first 13 batters before giving up a first-pitch double to left-center by Aaron Rowand, who had only one hit in his previous 27 at-bats and no extra-base hits in his previous 60 at-bats. Rowand was stranded at third on a tapper toward the mound by Juan Uribe, who is 0 for 12 this season with runners in scoring position.

Stults was forced to work out of another jam in the sixth, after three-time All-Star second baseman Orlando Hudson misplayed a throw from third baseman Casey Blake on an attempted force play with two out. But center fielder Matt Kemp raced toward the warning track to grab Randy Winn's flyball.

For the 11th time in 16 home games this season, the Dodgers scored in the first inning. Pierre turned a potential comebacker into a double after his bouncer to the left side of the mound glanced off Sanchez's glove and into short left field. Andre Ethier's double-play grounder brought home the run.

The defending NL West champions increased the margin to 4-0 in the second. Sanchez walked two batters before giving up an RBI double by Castro and a two-run double by Pierre - both to left-center. Kemp added a two-out RBI single in the fifth.


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