LOS ANGELES (AP) -
could only shake his head as he contemplated one of the
Los Angeles Dodgers
' most frustrating losses of the season.
's two-out, RBI single in the 11th inning lifted the
San Francisco Giants
a 1-0 victory over the NL West-leading Dodgers on Sunday, trimming their lead over Arizona to 2 1/2 games.
Loney was hitless in five at-bats, but could easily have had three hits and several RBIs against the
San Francisco Giants
had it not been for a trio of outstanding catches on balls he hit - by shortstop
, right fielder
and left fielder
''Three, huh? Three too many,'' Loney muttered with a smile. ''Dumb hitting.''
started the winning rally off
(4-4) with a one-out single. Pinch hitter
grounded into a force play before pitcher
, running for Sandoval, stole second.
got an infield hit on a slow roller to short, barely beating the throw to first, before Aurilia lined a 2-2 pitch into left
''That extended the inning and gave Aurilia the chance to get a hit,'' Dodgers manager
said of the hit by Velez. Torre protested the safe call of first base umpire
, to no avail.
Hennessey's steal came without a throw.
''I was right behind him, pretty close,'' first baseman Loney said. ''He didn't really get a big lead, but he got a huge jump.
The loss was just the fifth in 21 games for the Dodgers, who have a magic number of five to win the NL West championship.
Any combination of five Los Angeles wins or losses by the Diamondbacks will give the Dodgers their first division title since
''We'll bounce back,'' Torre said. ''We're used to doing that all year. This was a tough loss. We have a day off tomorrow
to rest up for Tuesday.''
(3-1) pitched three perfect innings to earn the victory, giving him 15 consecutive scoreless innings over his last 11 appearances.
worked a 1-2-3 11th for his 40th save in 45 chances. The Giants retired the last 16 Los Angeles batters in order after
's two-out single in the sixth.
''We had some opportunities,'' said
, who walked in his first three appearances before striking out in his last two. ''You've got to give credit to the other
side. They pitched great, they deserved to win.''
Both starters pitched shutout ball, but weren't involved in the decision.
left after throwing 108 pitches, having allowed five hits in six innings with four walks and four strikeouts. He hasn't won
since Aug. 15, going 0-4 with three no-decisions.
''Holy Cow. I think everybody got a Gold Glove today, didn't they?'' Cain said.
was lifted for a pinch hitter after throwing 120 pitches, having given up five hits in seven innings with three walks - all
intentional, and seven strikeouts. He has allowed 42 hits and nine runs in 61 innings in his last nine starts. He's 5-1 with
two no-decisions during that time.
Martin and Ethier singled and Ramirez walked to start the Los Angeles first, but Cain pitched out of trouble by retiring Loney
on a broken-bat liner thanks to Ochoa's leaping catch and striking out
The Giants loaded the bases with two outs in the second before Lowe fanned Cain on three pitches.
Both pitchers settled down after their shaky starts. Lowe set down eight straight batters at one stage, and Cain retired 12
Ramirez walked with two outs in the third before Schierholtz robbed Loney of a potential RBI double by making a diving catch
of his liner near the right field line.
got an infield hit to open the Los Angeles fifth, and took second on Lowe's sacrifice. After Martin drew a walk, Ethier singled
to center, but Rowand's perfect throw nailed Berroa at the plate.
''With the grass here, the ball gets to you a little bit quicker here than at our place, which is a grass-killer and makes
it more difficult to throw guys out at home because the runner gets those extra steps,'' Rowand said. ''But here, I knew I
was going to have a chance to throw him out. I got a good throw off.
Ramirez was then intentionally walked to load the bases before Winn made a sliding catch of Loney's liner to end the inning.
Schierholtz made another diving catch to end the sixth, spearing a liner by Berroa after the single by DeWitt.
''I was able to come up with a couple of balls that helped Cain out,'' Schierholtz said. ''On Loney's ball, I got a good break
on it. It had a little topspin on it, and I knew that was going to be as far as I could reach, so I dove for it and came up
with it. There were two outs and a runner on, so if I don't come up with it, they definitely score a run.''
Notes: Torre said he would ''probably'' be watching Sunday night when the Yankees faced the Orioles in the last game at Yankee
Stadium. ''I got a couple calls this morning. My two former trainers called me at the same time,'' Torre said. ''They were
on their way to the ballpark. They just said they were thinking of me. It's going to be emotional for those guys.'' Torre
managed the Yankees from 1996-2007. ''It was a gift for me, those 12 years,'' he said. ... Wilson became just the third Giants
pitcher to reach 40 saves, joining
and Robb Nenn, who did it four times. ... Torre said
would start, in that order, against San Diego in the final three home games of the season, starting Tuesday night. The Dodgers
play three games in San Francisco next weekend to complete the regular season. ... Sandoval served as a pinch hitter for the
second straight game. He was held out of the lineup because of a sore left quad.