Dodgers Continue Offensive Struggle, Lose To Rival Giants 3-1

The Dodgers have lost five of their last six.

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Dodgers Continue To Struggle With The Bat, Lose To Rival Giants 3-1

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Madison Bumgarner was one out away from his first career shutout, but still picked up his first win of the season as the Giants held on to beat the Dodgers, 3-1.

Jerry Sands’s two-out RBI double forced Bumgarner (1-6) out of the game in the ninth, and Giants closer Brian Wilson walked two to load the bases. Jamey Carroll nearly came through with sinking line drive to right field, but a shallow-playing Nate Schierholtz made a diving catch to seal the win.

Bumgarner, who had been backed by 15 total runs over his first eight starts, gave up one run on six hits and two walks over 8 2/3 innings. The lefty also doubled and scored a run in the third.

Freddy Sanchez drove in two for the Giants, who had lost three of four before taking both games in the short series.

Chad Billingsley (2-4) suffered the loss — LA’s fifth in six games — after surrendering three runs on six hits and four walks in six frames.

Sanchez’s run-scoring single in the sixth gave the Giants a 3-0 lead, a margin that appeared plenty the way Bumgarner was throwing.

The Giants starter allowed just one baserunner to reach second over the first eight innings and retired 10 in a row before Rod Barajas blooped a single to left with two outs in the ninth.

On his 121st pitch, Bumgarner served up a pitch that Sands sent to deep center for an RBI double. Wilson was called in from the bullpen and picked up his 13th save, thanks in large part to the terrific grab by Schierholtz.

Mike Fontenot doubled in Buster Posey in the second inning, and Bumgarner chipped in a leadoff double in the third, moved up 90 feet on Andres Torres’ single and raced home on Sanchez’s sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.

Game Notes

Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier went 0-for-4 and is 0-for-21 over his last six games…Billingsley came into the came 7-3 with a 2.93 ERA over 22 games — 17 starts — against the Giants…Juan Uribe had two of LA’s six hits…Miguel Tejada went 2-for-4 with a run scored for San Francisco.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants: Starting Lineups

The Dodgers look to get back in the win column Thursday night after dropping four of their last five games. Chad Billingsley takes the mound for the Dodgers as they host the Giants in the finale of a two-game set at Dodger Stadium. Madison Bumgarner gets the start on the hill for San Francisco.

With the southpaw on the mound for the Giants, the Dodgers have right-handed batters Jerry Sands (platooning in left field) and Russ Mitchell (at first base) in tonight's lineup. James Loney sits for the Dodgers. Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Giants (23-19)

Torres CF
Sanchez 2B
Huff 1B
Posey C
Schierholtz RF
Ross LF
Fontenot SS
Tejada 3B
Bumgarner P

Dodgers (20-24)

Carroll SS
Castro 2B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Uribe 3B
Barajas C
Sands LF
Mitchell 1B
Billingsley P

Tonight's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Billingsley, Dodgers Look For Split Against Bumgarner, Giants

The Dodgers look to bounce back after Wednesday's late loss, hosting the Giants in the finale of a two-game set Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. Chad Billingsley gets the start for the Dodgers, who have lost four of their last five games. San Francisco counters with 21-year old Madison Bumgarner, who is 0-6 despite a 4.25 ERA.

Billingsley allowed all of one hit on Saturday against Arizona in his last start. However, the Diamondbacks scored a run as well, which was enough to pull out a 1-0 win. Billingsley in his last six starts has a 1.91 ERA, and has averaged more than seven innings per start, but somehow is just 1-2. On the season, Billingsley is 2-3 with a 3.36 ERA.

Juan Uribe, the former Giant who drove in two runs with a double in the eighth inning last night against Brian Wilson, has been one streaky hitter this season. Earlier in the year, Uribe had a 5-for-42 streak, followed by a 13-for-29 streak with three home runs, followed by a 5-for-47 streak. He is on another hot streak now, with walks in four straight games, during which he is 4-for-9.

The Giants placed Mark DeRosa on the 15-day disabled list before tonight's game after DeRosa hurt his left wrist during last night's game. To take his place on the active roster, the Giants recalled infielder Emmanuel Burriss from Triple A Fresno. At 23-19, the Giants are in first place in the NL West, a half-game ahead of the Colorado Rockies.

Tonight's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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