L.A’s five-run eighth caps off shellacking of Giants relievers 

click to enlarge San Francisco relievers Steve Edlefsen and Travis Blackley gave up a combined six runs, five of which were earned, in two combined innings. - VICTOR DECOLONGON/GETTY IMAGES
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  • San Francisco relievers Steve Edlefsen and Travis Blackley gave up a combined six runs, five of which were earned, in two combined innings.

A.J. Ellis sliced a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and Ted Lilly remained unbeaten as the host Los Angeles Dodgers toppled the Giants 9-1 on Monday.

Ellis’ double just inside the right-field line off Barry Zito snapped a 1-1 tie and the Dodgers pulled away to win the first meeting of the season between the two National League West rivals.

After the game was close through six innings, the Dodgers pulled away against the Giants’ bullpen. San Francisco relievers Steve Edlefsen and Travis Blackley gave up a combined six runs, five of which were earned, in two combined innings.

Lilly (4-0) continued a solid start to the season by giving up just one run and four hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked two.

The Dodgers added a second run in the sixth inning when Giants third baseman Conor Gillaspie committed a throwing error on a bunt single by Tony Gwynn Jr. to allow Juan Uribe to score. A throwing error by Edlefsen in the seventh allowed Matt Kemp to score as the Dodgers increased the lead to 4-1.

The Dodgers broke the game open with a five-run eighth, with Andre Ethier’s two-run single being the biggest blow as Los Angeles improved to 11-2 at home.

The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the third on Juan Rivera’s grounder with the bases loaded. San Francisco tied the score in the sixth on a run-scoring single to center by Joaquin Arias.

Kemp reached base four times, including three hits, while playing with a tight hamstring.

Zito (1-1) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings.

NOTES: The Giants’ Aubrey Huff (anxiety disorder) was activated from the disabled list Monday and flew out in the ninth as a pinch hitter. Huff took the roster spot of RH reliever Guillermo Mota, suspended for 100 games by Major League Baseball for failing a drug test for the second time. ... Lilly has allowed four or fewer hits in all five of his starts ... Giants outfielder Angel Pagan went 0-for-5 to end a 20-game hitting streak ... The five-run eighth marks Los Angeles’ highest-scoring inning of the campaign ... Arias had three of San Francisco’s eight hits ... The teams combined for six errors — three by each club.

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