Dodgers Grounded


It’s getting somewhat messy for the Dodgers (13-17), who were barreled over this past weekend by San Francisco at AT&T Park, and are five and a half games behind the first-place and defending World Series champion Giants (19-12) in the National League West.

In Sunday’s 4-3 loss, Matt Cain (1-2) held the Blue Crew to five hits in seven and one-third innings, allowing one run (earned) with four strikeouts and three walks.

Hunter Pence drove in four with a run-scoring fielder’s choice in the first inning, a run-scoring double in the third inning, and a two-run double in the fifth.

The Dodgers rallied for three runs in the eighth inning when Adrian Gonzalez drove in two with a single, and Dee Gordon added a run-scoring infield hit.

In a frustrating setback on Saturday, the Dodgers battled back from a 5-0 deficit only to see the Giants prevail, 10-9, on a 10th inning homer by Guillermo Quiroz.

The Giants tallied three runs in the first inning on Buster Posey’s two-run double and Gregor Blanco’s run-scoring single, and it became 5-0 in the second inning after Marco Scutaro scored on a wild pitch and Blanco’s sacrifice fly.

A.J. Ellis’ homer in the fourth reduced the margin to 5-1, and Blanco’s force out in the bottom of the inning made it 6-1.

Matt Kemp’s two-run single, Skip Schumaker’s run-scoring hit, Juan Uribe’s single for a run batted in, Gordon’s two-run triple and Nick Punto’s RBI double in the fifth gave the Dodgers an 8-6 lead, but Andres Torres got the Giants within one run with a solo blast in the home half of the frame.

Posey tied it at 8-8 in the sixth on a wild pitch, Carl Crawford’s RBI grounder in the seventh gave the Dodgers a 9-8 edge, but Pablo Sandoval’s scoring fly knotted it in the seventh.

Posey’s ninth-inning solo shot pushed San Francisco to a 2-1 victory on Friday, after he drove in the Giants’ initial run with a double in the sixth, while Punto (two hits) had an RBI for the Dodgers’ only run in the fifth inning.

Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer all had two hits with two RBIs and a run scored as Colorado drilled the host Dodgers 7-2 on Wednesday.

Jerry Hairston Jr. (three hits) tallied two runs and drove in a run for the Dodgers, who ripped the Rockies 6-2 on Tuesday.

Colorado had 19 hits, including three from Wilin Rosario (three runs and three RBIs), led 10-0 after four innings, and cruised to a 12-2 pasting on Monday.

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