LOS ANGELES – The timing couldn’t have been better for the San Francisco Giants, who came into Dodger Stadium for a three-game series just one day after Manny Ramirez received a 50-game suspension for using a banned drug.
The Giants took two of three against their archrivals, who were off to their best start in 26 years. In Sunday’s series finale, Randy Winn hit a tiebreaking two-run single with the bases loaded in the 13th inning and finished with four hits in San Francisco’s 7-5 victory.
The defending NL West champion Dodgers are 1-3 since their slugging left fielder was suspended.
“We’re not concerned about those things,” Giants center fielder Aaron Rowand said. “We’re concerned about winning ballgames, and that’s all that matters. We know whenever we play the Dodgers, with or without Manny, they’re going to be a tough team no matter what because they have a lot of great talent.”
Juan Pierre had three hits for the second straight game, doubled home a run and scored three times for the Dodgers, who went 8-3 on a history-making homestand in which they set a modern major league record with a 13-0 start at home.
The Giants loaded the bases with one out in the 13th against Guillermo Mota (2-1), getting infield hits from Edgar Renteria and Steve Holm around a walk to Pablo Sandoval. Winn got a fastball low and away on a 1-0 count and drove it into the left-field corner.
Cardinals 8, Reds 7, 10 innings: At Cincinnati, Colby Rasmus doubled home a run in the 10th inning Sunday, and the Cardinals overcame five Cincinnati homers – including two solo shots in the ninth.
Mets 8, Pirates 4: At New York, Livan Hernandez survived a shaky start to go six innings and New York welcomed manager Jerry Manuel back from his one-game suspension with their seventh straight victory.
Cubs 4, Brewers 2: At Milwaukee, Alfonso Soriano hit a towering two-run homer in a four-run third inning and Chicago beat Milwaukee to avoid a series sweep.
Braves 4, Phillies 2: At Philadelphia, Casey Kotchman had three hits and three RBIs, Kenshin Kawakami pitched six effective innings and Atlanta rallied to get the win.
Rockies 3, Marlins 2: At Denver, Aaron Cook pitched six solid innings and Troy Tulowitzki homered as part of a third consecutive multihit game, leading Colorado to the win.
Astros 12, Padres 5: At Houston, Miguel Tejada and Carlos Lee each drove in four runs to help Astros ace Roy Oswalt get his first win of the season.
AL: Mariners snap losing skid
MINNEAPOLIS – Ken Griffey Jr. hit a tying, two-run homer in the eighth inning Sunday to rouse the Seattle Mariners in a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins that stopped their six-game losing streak.
Wladimir Balentien added an RBI double in that breakthrough eighth, ruining seven shutout innings by Nick Blackburn and helping the Mariners bring their record back to .500.
Angels 4, Royals 3: At Anaheim, Calif., Torii Hunter made a leaping catch above the left-center field fence to rob Miguel Olivo of a tying homer in the ninth inning, and Los Angeles won.
Blue Jays 5, Athletics 0: At Oakland, Calif., Brett Cecil yielded five hits over eight impressive innings to earn his first major league victory, Alex Rios drove in three runs and Toronto beat Oakland for its seventh win in 10 games.
Tigers 5, Indians 3: At Cleveland, Rick Porcello extended Detroit’s streak of strong pitching, and the Tigers completed a three-game sweep of the struggling Indians.
Yankees 5, Orioles 3: At Baltimore, Johnny Damon hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning, the biggest blow in a long-ball surge that carried New York past Baltimore.
Rangers 7, White Sox 1: At Chicago, Hank Blalock homered twice, Vicente Padilla allowed one hit in seven innings and the Rangers ended Bartolo Colon’s dominance against them by beating Chicago.
Red Sox 4, Rays 3: At Boston, Jonathan Papelbon powered his way out of a ninth inning jam with three straight strikeouts after Jason Bay doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth.