Wilson returns to AT&T Park as Dodgers hold off Giants 

Brian Wilson returned to the mound at AT&T Park, pitching a perfect eighth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers topped the Giants 2-1 on Tuesday.

The former Giants closer, who endeared himself to fans with his bushy-black beard and witty humor, took the mound to a mixed chorus of cheers and boos. Many in attendance gave Wilson a standing ovation, but the crowd chanted "Beat L.A." as he stepped onto the rubber to throw his first pitch.

"Just another normal eighth inning in a normal win in a normal game -- nothing crazy," Wilson said.

The right-handed reliever said he didn't pay attention to the crowd's reaction when he entered the game.

"Every park I go to they're going to try to get under the skin," he said. "But it's going to be kind of hard -- I've got a beard, can't get there."

With the 1-2-3 eighth, Wilson has now thrown 2.2 scoreless innings against the Orange and Black since joining the Dodgers in late July.

Wilson said he wasn't nervous pitching against his former club at AT&T Park.

"It's not the first time I've been booed with the Dodgers in town," he said. "I'm just, you know, playing for them."

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he didn't pitch Wilson to be dramatic.

"Trying to get three outs," Mattingly said. "He's kind of been working his way back toward getting the ball more and more. He's been really good for us."

Wilson is 2-1 with a 0.73 ERA in 12.1 innings pitched with the Dodgers this season.

"Whether you think I'm not going to come back or not doesn't hinder what I'm about to do," Wilson said. "I already told everybody I'd be ready, it's not a surprise -- at least for me it's not. I'm exactly where I should be."

The set-up man received an opportunity to pitch after starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-7) held the Giants to one run on four hits over seven innings of work.

The Giants scored their lone run in the fifth when Tony Abreu drilled his second home run into the stands in left-center field on an 0-1 count.

Abreu's home run tied the game at 1-1 after Yasiel Puig opened the scoring in the top of the inning with a deep bomb to right-center field, his 19th home run of the season.

"That was a pretty good pitch," Mattingly said. "You can't just throw a ball so far out that he's not going to swing and get behind in the count."

The Dodgers pulled ahead 2-1 an inning later after Matt Kemp blasted his sixth round tripper of the season over the left-field fence.

Despite taking the loss, Matt Cain (8-10) put together another solid outing for the Giants, allowing two earned runs on seven hits in seven innings on the hill.

With the quality start, Cain is now 3-4 with a 2.36 ERA since the All-Star break.

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