The Los Angeles Dodgers are running out of wiggle room in the National League West. They were shutout for the second straight night on Tuesday, falling 2-0 to the San Francisco Giants in the second game of a three-game series at AT&T Park. The Dodgers now lead the Giants by just one game in the National League West.
Melky Cabrera homered off Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning to give the Giants a 1-0 lead, and the Giants added another run, creating a seemingly insurmountable deficit for the Dodgers. Kershaw struck out eight in his six innings of work, and had his personal streak of 35 2/3 innings without an earned run allowed in San Francisco.
Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven scoreless innings for the win for the Giants.
The last time the Dodgers were shutout in consecutive games in San Francisco was August 15-16, 1987. They have not scored a run in their last 21 innings, dating back to Sunday.
The loss was their third straight defeat, and they are just 1-7 on their current road trip, which ends Wednesday afternoon.
The Dodgers have played five games in the Bay Area in the last eight days, with three in Oakland and two in San Francisco. They have scored a total of two runs in those five games, all losses, and totaled 20 hits.
The Dodgers try to avoid a sweep on Wednesday afternoon, with Chad Billingsley facing Tim Lincecum.
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