Dodgers have tough foe in way of sweep

Dodgers have tough foe in way of sweep

SAN FRANCISCO -- With Jeff Weaver making a spot start, at least the Dodgers' bullpen is well rested Wednesday when a win means a series sweep, thanks to eight innings from Randy Wolf on Tuesday night.

Of course, the Dodgers will be more concerned with the other team's pitcher. If Tim Lincecum is on, it might not matter who pitches for the Dodgers or how he pitches.

"What you want to do is not try to beat Tim Lincecum, but what you want to do is stay with him and beat somebody else," said manager Joe Torre. "He's one of the very best pitchers and you just try to match him."

Lincecum is 3-0 lifetime against the Dodgers and 1-0 this year. He'll be facing a Dodgers lineup that finally showed some life Tuesday night, with home runs from Manny Ramirez and Matt Kemp and a pair of doubles from Andre Ethier.

This has never been an easy place to come in and play," Torre said of AT&T Park. "We have a chance to do something very special [Wednesday]. We've been so consistent all year, but we lost our last three games at home. We need to put something on the good side of the ledger and create something to build on with this trip."

With Thursday's scheduled day off, and Orlando Hudson likely to miss another start with a strained groin muscle, Torre said his regulars would probably double back for the day game after a night game.

The one exception he was considering was catcher Russell Martin, who went 0-for-4 in Tuesday's win and appeared particularly frustrated after popping out in the eighth inning. Brad Ausmus would replace him if Martin sits.

Run production was distributed widely through the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday. While Ethier had three hits, seven players scored runs. But Casey Blake's struggles continued. He went 0-for-4 with a walk. He's 0-for-7 with two walks and four strikeouts in the series.

Pitching matchup
LAD: RHP Jeff Weaver (5-4, 3.90 ERA)
Weaver gets the spot start as Chad Billingsley's replacement. Weaver is 2-1 with a 3.47 ERA in five starts for the Dodgers this year, the most recent July 11 in a 6-3 loss at Milwaukee, when he allowed four runs (two earned) in 3 1/3 innings. Weaver last pitched three hitless innings of relief Sunday. He's 3-5 with a 5.00 ERA in 14 career starts against the Giants and 3-3 at AT&T Park.

SF: RHP Tim Lincecum (12-3, 2.20 ERA)
Lincecum received a no-decision in his last outing, though he left with a 4-3 lead after seven innings against Cincinnati. Only two of the runs were earned off Lincecum, who struck out seven to increase his Major League-leading total to 198. As good as Lincecum has been, he owns an ordinary 2-2 record with a 3.05 ERA in seven daytime starts. But he's also 7-1 at home and 3-0 against the Dodgers in his career.

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On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
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Up next
• Thursday: Off-day
• Friday: Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 8-6, 2.73) at Diamondbacks (Dan Haren, 11-7, 2.57), 6:40 p.m. PT
• Saturday: Dodgers (Hiroki Kuroda, 5-5, 4.21) at Diamondbacks (Yusmeiro Petit, 2-6, 5.87), 5:10 p.m. PT

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.