The Los Angeles Dodgers had plenty of opportunities on Friday night, but they couldn't cash them in, falling 5-2 to the San Francisco Giants in the opener of a three-game series at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The loss was the third straight for the Dodgers and dropped them to 5½ games back of the Giants in the National League West.
The Dodgers put 13 runners on base, including a career-high seven walks issued by Tim Lincecum, but Los Angeles could only manage two runs on the night, thanks in part to going 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
The middle of the order quartet of Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez, and Andre Ethier combined to go 0-for-17, with one walk. Kemp was 0-for-5 and is batting .100 (3-for-30) in seven games since missing two games with a right knee contusion.
Josh Beckett allowed just two runs going into the seventh inning, but with two runners on and one out in the seventh, manager Don Mattingly had Beckett intentionally walk Angel Pagan to get to Marco Scutaro, who delivered the go-ahead two-run single.
The Giants added an insurance run in the eighth inning.
Adam Kennedy, who homered earlier in the game, left the game after the sixth inning with a groin injury.
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