In what is one of the biggest trades ever, the Dodgers (69-59) picked up first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, outfielder Carl Crawford, who had Tommy John surgery and will not see action until 2013, pitcher Josh Beckett and infielder Nick Punto from the Boston Red Sox last Saturday, and will absorb $260 million in salary.
On the field, the Blue Crew hosted six games and finished 2-4 after Sunday’s 6-2 drubbing by Miami, but there is renewed hope the newly-minted players will help during the playoff drive.
Four homers by the Marlins sank the Dodgers as Giancarlo Stanton blasted a solo shot (29th) in the fourth to tie it at 1-1 after Gonzalez’s hit drove in Punto in the opening frame.
Rob Brantly’s two-run homer in the fifth made it 3-1, before Andre Ethier’s run-scoring single in the seventh scored Matt Kemp and trimmed it to 3-2.
Miami added a run on Hanley Ramirez’s error in the eighth, and a two-run ninth featured solo bombs by Jose Reyes and Carlos Lee.
In Gonzalez’s initial at-bat on Saturday, he poked a three-run homer in the first as the Dodgers blistered the Marlins 8-2 behind Clayton Kershaw (12-7), who fashioned a three-hitter with two runs (earned), eight strikeouts and two walks over eight innings.
Ethier had four hits including a double and homer with a run batted in and two runs scored for the Dodgers, who pummeled four hurlers for 16 hits.
Ethier was at it again during Friday’s 11-4 pasting of the Marlins as he had four RBIs and four hits with three runs.
Matt Cain tamed the Dodgers across seven innings as San Francisco downed the Dodgers 8-4 on Wednesday.
Cain (13-5) limited the Blue Crew to one run (earned) and seven hits, while fanning five and walking none.
Joaquin Arias had five RBIs, three hits with one run, and Angel Pagan (two hits) scored three times for the Giants, who led 3-0 after an inning, and 6-1 through six.
Tim Lincecum has had an off-season, but looked his old self on Tuesday as he pushed through five and two-third innings.
A two-time Cy Young winner, Lincecum (7-13) surrendered five hits and one run (earned) as the Giants pulled away for a 4-1 win.
Madison Bumgarner (14-7) out-pitched Kershaw on Monday as San Francisco held on for a 2-1 triumph as Pablo Sandoval drove in both runs.
Each hurler fanned 10 and didn’t walk a batter, while Bumgarner gave up four hits to six for Kershaw.