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Giants On Brink Of Elimination After Loss To Dodgers

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Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 22, 2011 in Los Angeles. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 22, 2011 in Los Angeles. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (CBS / AP) — Matt Kemp went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and a career-high three doubles in his final home game of the season, Juan Rivera homered and drove in three runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat San Francisco 8-2 Thursday night, pushing the Giants to the brink of elimination in the NL West playoff race.

The Giants open a three-game series at first-place Arizona on Friday and a victory by the Diamondbacks, who were idle Thursday, would eliminate the defending World Series champions.

The Dodgers moved a game over .500 with Hall of Famer Tom Lasorda serving as honorary coach of the team he managed to two World Series titles during his 20-year tenure.

Kemp’s two-run homer in the eighth inning off Barry Zito was his 36th, second-best in the NL. The league MVP candidate scored three times to extend his NL lead to 109 runs and and 118 RBIs.

Hiroki Kuroda (13-16) allowed two runs and five hits in seven-plus innings to extend his career high in wins. The right-hander struck out four and walked none. By pitching the first inning, Kuroda earned a $175,000 bonus. He gave up a run and two hits as the Giants took a 1-0 lead on Carlos Beltran’s two-out homer.

It might have been Kuroda’s final start at Chavez Ravine. He becomes a free agent after the World Series and will turn 37 in the offseason. He was the subject of considerable trade speculation before the non-waiver deadline, when he declined to waive his no-trade clause with the only major league team he’s pitched for since coming from Japan four seasons ago. Kuroda has spoken of wanting to pitch the final seasons of his career with the Hiroshima Carp in his hometown.

Madison Bumgarner (12-13) gave up four runs and nine hits in four innings, struck out one and walked none to snap his five-game winning streak. It was the left-hander’s shortest outing since he also pitched four innings in a 7-2 loss at Cincinnati on July 30.

The Dodgers took the lead for good in the bottom of the first on Rivera’s two-out, two-run homer. His RBI single in the third made it 3-1.

Dee Gordon’s RBI single with two outs in the fourth extended the Dodgers’ lead to 4-1.

Waldis Joaquin gave up a bases-loaded walk to Rod Barajas, the first batter he faced in the fifth, before Jamey Carroll’s fielder’s choice grounder increased the Dodgers’ lead to 6-1.

The Giants’ other run came on Pablo Sandoval’s 23rd homer on Kuroda’s first pitch of the seventh.

NOTES: The announced crowd of 37,560 gave the Dodgers a season home attendance total of 2,935,139, the first time they failed to draw at least 3 million in a non-strike year since 1992. They averaged 36,236 and had just three sellouts at the 56,000-seat stadium. … Bumgarner is 2 1-3 innings short of reaching 200 innings for the first time in his career. … The teams ended their season series with nine wins apiece. … The Giants have given up 95 homers this season, fewest in the majors. … The Dodgers went 42-39 at home, their sixth straight season with a winning home record. … Lasorda presented Dodgers jerseys to the Little League World Series champions, Ocean View from Huntington Beach. The youngsters received a commemorative Frosted Flakes cereal box featuring the team. … Lasorda delivered the Dodgers’ lineup card to the umpires, chatting with them and Giants manager Bruce Bochy at home plate.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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