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Giants rally to win a wild game with Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers' Andre Ethier, left, celebrates his two-run home run with Xavier Paul (30) in the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, July 20, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Andre Ethier, left, celebrates his two-run home run with Xavier Paul (30) in the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, July 20, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas) AP

LOS ANGELES — Beanballs, brushbacks, managerial gamesmanship galore.

It was the Giants-Dodgers rivalry at its best Tuesday night. And it ended with 50,000 boos and a very happy Giants clubhouse following a wild, 7-5 victory at Dodger Stadium that might be talked about for years.

Andres Torres turned a one-run deficit into a one-run lead with his bases-loaded double in the ninth inning. But Rule 8.06 and some sharpness from Giants manager Bruce Bochy made a mighty big difference, too.

With Dodgers manager Joe Torre and bench coach Bob Schaefer already ejected for arguing or retaliating following a series of inside pitches, the game was left to hitting coach Don Mattingly to run.

Mattingly made a rookie-ball mistake when he went to settle down closer Jonathan Broxton with the bases loaded in the ninth. Mattingly turned around after visiting the mound, then went back to offer additional instructions.

Bochy alerted plate umpire Adrian Johnson, who consulted with the crew. The umpires agreed that Mattingly had ventured outside the 18-foot circle and returned, constituting two visits — and that by rule, Broxton had to come out of the game.

Left-hander George Sherrill entered with minimal warmup time, and Torres pumped his fist after cranking his two-run double to the wall in center field.

With Brian Wilson unavailable after appearing in four consecutive games, Jeremy Affeldt assumed the closer role and finished up the Giants’ 11th victory in 13 games.

It was a stirring end to a game in which the Giants trailed 5-1 against tough lefty Clayton Kershaw, who was ejected for hitting Aaron Rowand with a retaliatory first-pitch fastball in the seventh inning.

The comeback also wiped out a loss for Tim Lincecum, whose wildness started the whole mess.

Lincecum was coming off perhaps his best start of the season but didn’t know where his pitches were going Tuesday night.

He began with a four-pitch walk to Rafael Furcal and never found his rhythm. Xavier Paul chopped a double down the first base line, and Andre Ethier followed with a two-run home run over the short wall in the right field corner to give the Dodgers a quick 3-0 lead.

Lincecum’s issues seemed to go beyond simple rhythm and timing, though. He threw what could only be described as a reverse eephus in the second inning to Casey Blake, as the ball popped out of his hand.

Later in the game, Lincecum lost the handle of another warmup toss between innings. And Lincecum was wild in the zone, too, giving up run-scoring hits to Blake DeWitt and Blake in the third as the Dodgers grew their lead to 5-1.

Considering his wildness, it shouldn’t have caused an uproar when Lincecum threw two pitches to Matt Kemp that backed him off the plate in the fifth inning, the second of which brushed his jersey.

Johnson, the umpire, rushed in front of Kemp as he took a wide turn onto the grass, and just to be safe, Pablo Sandoval rushed over from first base like a pulling guard.

Umpires issued warnings to both sides while Lincecum wore a befuddled expression on the mound.

Kemp was thrown out trying to go from first to third on DeWitt’s single, which ended Lincecum’s night.

The Giants rallied to make it a 5-4 game with a three-run sixth. Paul dropped Pat Burrell’s sacrifice fly on the warning track, and Sandoval followed with one of his biggest hits from the right side all season, lacing a two-run double just inside the left field chalk line.

Then tensions escalated. Bautista’s first pitch of the sixth was under Russell Martin’s chin, almost putting him in the dirt. Schaefer waved his arms in protest from the top step of the dugout, drawing an ejection.

Johnson didn’t eject Bautista, presumably because he didn’t read intent into the pitch. But there was no doubting Kershaw’s objective when his first pitch of the seventh plunked Rowand.

Kershaw drew an immediate ejection, with Torre receiving an automatic heave-ho. The fact that left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo was cranking it up in the bullpen didn’t make it look any less suspicious.

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