Dodgers Chase Lincecum, But Still Lose To Giants

Shortstop Rafael Furcal is expected to miss six weeks after breaking his thumb.

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Dodgers Fall To Giants, 5-4

The Los Angeles Dodgers were able to build a 3-0 lead against Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants, but couldn't hold it. The Giants eventually won with a run scored on a wild pitch in the seventh inning, giving them a 5-4 win over the Dodgers in the second game of a three-game series at AT&T Park. Lincecum has started five games at home in his career against Los Angeles, and the Giants have won all five games.

After the Dodgers rallied for three runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead, Chad Billingsley couldn't hold the lead. The Giants rallied for two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings, including two RBI singles by Buster Posey and an RBI double by Pablo Sandoval on a pitch that nearly bounced at the plate.

The Dodgers had Lincecum on the ropes in the sixth, loading the bases with one out. Lincecum was pulled after hitting Juan Uribe, the second time he has hit Uribe this season (though it couldn't have been intentional, given the same situation). However, Guillermo Mota was able to strike out Rod Barajas and get Aaron Miles to pop out to end the threat.

The Dodgers tied the game in the top of the seventh on a pinch-hit home run by Marcus Thames, his first long ball as a Dodger. But the Giants scored almost immediately afterward, with an Aaron Rowand leadoff triple in the bottom of the seventh, followed by a wild pitch from Blake Hawksworth to bring him home.

Brian Wilson struck out the side in the ninth inning for his first save of the season. The Dodgers are 3-4 on their current eight-game road trip, with one game remaining, tomorrow night against the Giants. Ted Lilly will start for the Dodgers against Jonathan Sanchez.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants Starting Lineups, Blake Sits Again, Furcal Placed On DL, DeJesus Recalled

The Los Angeles Dodgers will try to beat the San Francisco Giants for the fifth time in six outings this season, but they will have to defeat Tim Lincecum tonight at AT&T Park to do so. Before the game, the Dodgers placed shortstop Rafael Furcal on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left thumb. Furcal traveled back to Los Angeles today and will visit Dr. Steven Shin, a hand specialist, and Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the Dodgers’ head physician.

Infielder Ivan DeJesus was recalled to take Furcal's spot on the active roster. Here are tonight's lineups:

Dodgers (6-4)

Gwynn LF
Carroll SS
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Loney 1B
Uribe 3B
Barajas C
Miles 2B
Billingsley P

Tony Gwynn figures to see considerable time in the leadoff spot, at least against right-handed pitchers, while Furcal is out. Casey Blake is out of the lineup for the third straight game, having hurt his leg in a collision with Chase Headley of the Padres in San Diego on Saturday night.

Giants (4-6)

Rowand CF
Sanchez 2B
Huff RF
Posey C
Sandoval 3B
Burrell LF
Tejada SS
Belt 1B
Lincecum P

Tonight's 7:15 p.m. PDT game will be televised by KCAL.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Billingsley, Dodgers Face Tough Test In Lincecum, Giants

The Los Angeles Dodgers will send Chad Billingsley to the mound Tuesday night at AT&T Park in San Francisco, trying to win their fifth game in six tries against the Giants this season, but they will have to contend with Tim Lincecum. Lincecum has made four career starts against the Dodgers at home, and the Giants have won all four games. However, Billingsley has pitched exceptionally well in San Francisco, with a 2.20 ERA in eight starts at AT&T Park.

The Dodgers will place Rafael Furcal on the disabled list today, after their shortstop and leadoff hitter broke his left thumb sliding into third base on Monday night. The team is expected to recall Ivan DeJesus to take Furcal's active spot on the roster, though Jamey Carroll figures to play regularly at shortstop. Furcal is expected to miss up to six weeks.

Matt Kemp has reached base in 13 of his last 19 plate appearances, and is hitting a robust .441/.537/.647. During that span, which covers the last four games plus Kemp's final at-bat in Colorado, Kemp has also hit two doubles and stolen six bases without getting caught.

Tonight's 7:15 p.m. PDT game will be televised by KCAL.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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