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Sandoval, Fontenot help Giants edge Dodgers

Apr 14, 2011 - 7:27 AM San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Pablo Sandoval tied the game in the sixth inning with a solo homer, and Mike Fontenot hit a go-ahead shot later in the frame to help the Giants take down the Dodgers, 4-3, in the rubber match of a three-game series between the NL West rivals.

Fontenot also doubled in a run, while Aubrey Huff went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Giants, who evened their record at 6-6.

Jonathan Sanchez (1-1) lasted six innings and gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks to get the win. The left-hander also struck out nine.

Ted Lilly (0-2) took the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits over six full frames for Los Angeles, which has dropped three of four overall.

"I'm not making nearly enough quality pitches to give us a good shot at winning," Lilly said.

Rod Barajas smacked a two-run homer in defeat.

The Giants manufactured a run in the first, as Aaron Rowand doubled leading off, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Huff's sacrifice fly.

Fontenot doubled in Brandon Belt in the second for a 2-0 lead, which was erased in the fourth when Barajas turned on Sanchez's middle-in fastball and sent it into the left-field seats. Marcus Thames singled with two away prior to the blast.

The Dodgers took their only lead in the sixth, as Thames slid in safely in front of the relay throw on Aaron Miles' double down the left-field line.

Sandoval got enough of a 0-2 fastball in the bottom half to narrowly clear the wall in left-center to tie things, and Fontenot took a first-pitch fastball over the Willie Mays Wall in right for a 4-3 advantage.

"I didn't have [a home run] as a Giant last year and I'm glad to get one," Fontenot said.

The Dodgers ran themselves out of a possible run in the eighth when Tony Gwynn Jr. was caught between second and third and tagged out in a run down, and Brian Wilson retired the side in order in the ninth to record his second save.

Game Notes

The Dodgers took two of three from the Giants in their season-opening series...Giants utility man Mark DeRosa sat out with a sore left wrist...The teams combined to go 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position...The Giants stranded eight, one more than the Dodgers...Miles had three hits in the loss.

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