Kershaw leads Dodgers past Giants, Lincecum 1-0

By ANTONIO GONZALEZ | July 20, 2011 | 6:29 PM EDT

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw was one pitch better than Tim Lincecum in a matchup of All-Star aces, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers past the San Francisco Giants 1-0 Wednesday.

Kershaw (11-4) allowed three hits in eight innings to help the Dodgers snap a four-game losing streak and six overall to the rival Giants. He struck out 12 to improve his major-league lead to 167 this season.

Dioner Nivarro's solo home run off Lincecum (8-8) landed in McCovey Cove and was the only pop Los Angeles showed on a day hitting coach Jeff Pentland was fired. Dave Hansen was promoted on an interim basis for the rest of the season.

Javy Guerra pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.