SAN FRANCISCO — Casey Blake hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning, Manny Ramirez had an RBI double among his three hits, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Monday night.
Blake connected for his eighth home run of the season with a drive to the left-field bleachers off Santiago Casilla (1-2), and the Dodgers matched a Los Angeles record with five double plays on the way to their fourth win in the past 11 games.
Los Angeles’ first visit of the season to AT&T Park featured a typical close contest between the National League West rivals. It was the first meeting of the teams since April 18, when Los Angeles beat Barry Zito 2-1. Zito received a no-decision this time.
Jeff Weaver (5-1) pitched a scoreless seventh for the win, working out of a jam with runners on first and third and no outs.
The Dodgers turned five double plays for the 11th time and first since Sept. 4, 2007, against the Cubs. The franchise record is six, set on Aug. 5, 1956.
Hong-Chih Kuo filled in at closer for the Dodgers, escaping trouble for his second save in three chances. Juan Uribe drew a one-out walk and Aaron Rowand singled to put runners on the corners. Buster Posey struck out and Edgar Renteria flied out to right to end it.
Andre Ethier tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the third inning then Ramirez hit a go-ahead double, but it didn’t hold.
Freddy Sanchez hit a tying RBI single in the sixth for San Francisco, which began a key stretch of seven straight against the division having lost its past three series.
Travis Ishikawa hit a pinch-hit bloop double that dropped just fair and well in front of the slow-charging Ramirez in left with one out in the sixth, then Sanchez singled two batters later.
The Giants missed an opportunity in the seventh when Renteria flied out to shallow right and Los Angeles wound up turning a double play. On Renteria’s fly, Pablo Sandoval was caught in a rundown between first and second. He had singled on a 12-pitch at-bat.
Pat Burrell singled to start the inning, his second hit of the game, then Rowand entered to pinch-run.
Zito finished June with only one win in six starts and had lost his past two before Monday’s no-decision. The lefty allowed two runs and six hits in six innings, stuck out six and walked two.
Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley came off the disabled list following a right groin injury to make his first start since June 11. He is winless in his past four outings.
Billingsley allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, struck out three and walked two.
Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight day, though he came in for defense in the ninth. Manager Joe Torre said he wanted to stick with the same players who did well in Sunday night’s 8-6, 10-inning loss to the Yankees.
Kemp is batting .196 in June and Torre is going with those who are most productive.
“We’re trying to get on a little bit of a run,” Torre said. “We’re trying to build on something right now.”
NOTES: Dodgers catcher Russell Martin had the day off but was expected to start tonight. ... L.A. closer Jonathan Broxton was scheduled to have two games off after throwing 48 pitches Sunday. “I’m going to give him two days off whether he needs it or not,” Torre said.