SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Aaron Rowand tripled leading off the seventh and scored the go-ahead run moments later on Blake Hawksworth’s wild pitch, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Rowand, filling in for injured center fielder Andres Torres, added an RBI single in the fifth. The triple was his fifth in the regular season in five years.
Jeremy Affeldt (1-0) earned the win despite allowing pinch-hitter Marcus Thames’ tying homer to start the top of the seventh. Brian Wilson struck out the side in the ninth for his first save in two chances. He had a majors-leading 47 last season.
On a raw, windy night that began with strong early showings by Giants aceTim Lincecum and Dodgers righty Chad Billingsley, San Francisco generated just enough offense against Los Angeles’ bullpen.
The defending World Series champions beat the Dodgers for only the second time in five tries so far thisyear.
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