The Giants came into Dodger Stadium on Friday night needing a win in a big way.
And once the game began, the Giants acted like a team in must-win mode and rode that energy to a 8-4 win over the Dodgers.
Despite the loss, the Dodgers maintained their five-game lead in the National League West over the Rockies, who fell to the D-backs.
The Giants' do-or-die approach was obvious from the get-go when Eugenio Velez led off the game with a home run off Vicente Padilla. After that home run, Padilla struggled to settle down and get into a groove on the mound.
Two more runners got on base in the first, but a ground ball off the bat of Bengie Molina led to an inning-ending double play.
Padilla's woes continued in the third inning, and this time he couldn't wiggle his way out of another jam.
Padilla gave up back-to-back singles to open the inning, setting the stage for Pablo Sandoval to make his mark on the game with one out. Sandoval unloaded on the first pitch he saw for a three-run home run and a 4-1 Giants lead.
The Dodgers managed to come back and tie the score via a two-run homer by Manny Ramirez, who drove in three runs, and a solo home run from Rafael Furcal, but the Giants scored two in the top of the sixth to take a 6-4 lead.