LOS ANGELES -- The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers entered their mid-September series separated by 191/2 games in the standings, but that did nothing to diminish the intensity Thursday night.
In a game that had a playoff feel at times, the Dodgers took a 3-2 walk-off win over the Giants in front of more than 53,000 fans. Carl Crawford scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th when Adrian Gonzalez singled off Jeremy Affeldt, who was brought off the disabled list Thursday and made his first appearance since July 20.
Former Giants closer Brian Wilson was the winning pitcher, adding another layer to a heated rivalry. Wilson entered in the top of the 10th and walked one in a scoreless inning, his first against the organization that drafted him.
Red-hot right-fielder Hunter Pence got the Giants off to a quick start, hitting a solo homer just inside the right field foul pole in the second inning. The homer was Pence's 21st of the season, putting him within striking distance of his career-high of 25.
The Giants entered the night riding a franchise record 13-game errorless streak, but they kicked the ball around in the second inning while giving up a run. Andre Ethier reached on an infield single but was thrown out at second when Marco Scutaro dropped Juan Uribe's pop-up to shallow right field. A.J. Ellis followed with a grounder back to the mound, but Matt Cain's throw sailed into center field, allowing Uribe to advance to third. The former Giant scored on a grounder to second.
Cain and Zack Greinke matched zeros into the late innings, but the Dodgers grabbed the lead in the seventh. With a runner on third and two outs, Puig jumped on a first-pitch fastball and lined it into the left-center field gap. Puig pumped both fists as Dodger Stadium shook, but the Giants threatened right away.
Angel Pagan led off the eighth with a single and promptly stole second. After a walk of Scutaro and a sacrifice bunt by Brandon Belt, the Dodgers intentionally walked Buster Posey to load the bases. Pence chopped Ronald Belisario's first pitch to third, and Uribe stepped on the bag before throwing to first to complete an inning-ending double play.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen had converted 18 straight save opportunities, but the Giants got going right away in the ninth when Pablo Sandoval hit a leadoff single. Pinch-runner Juan Perez stole second and took third on a passed ball before scoring on Gregor Blanco's single to center.
-- There was little buzz surrounding the Giants' first matchup with former closer Wilson, who did not seek out former teammates when the teams crossed paths during batting practice but later did come out to greet several Giants employees and hitting coach Hensley Meulens. Wilson signed with the Dodgers last month after recovering from his second Tommy John surgery.
Before signing in Los Angeles, Wilson worked out for several teams, including the Giants. The right-hander has given up just one run in 11 appearances for the Dodgers and has nearly as many strikeouts (six) as hits allowed (seven).
Wilson declined to speak to reporters when approached before batting practice.
-- The Dodgers can clinch the National League West as soon as Sunday, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he hasn't thought about the prospect of being in the opposing dugout as the rival Dodgers celebrate.
"It's inevitable that they're going to do it (at some point)," he said. "We're doing all we can to play our best ball and try to win games. I'm not going to get caught up in (the Dodgers' magic number). They got on a roll and there was no stopping them. They were beating everybody."
-- Right-hander Chad Gaudin will pitch a simulated game on Friday. "Hopefully all goes well and we'll be able to activate him a couple of days after that," Bochy said.
Gaudin has missed 26 games with carpal tunnel syndrome.
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