Dodgers lose for the fifth time in six games, falling 3-1 to Giants
The Dodgers lost again Thursday, lost for the fifth time in six games, lost to drop their record to five games under .500 for the first time this season.
This time they were shut down by Madison Bumgarner, who came into the game with an 0-6 record.
No matter, he held the Dodgers to six hits in leading the Giants to a 3-1 victory before an announced crowd of 34,248.
Bumgarner came within one out of his first career shutout and complete game. With two outs in the ninth, Rod Barajas singled and then scored on a Jerry Sands double.
Brian Wilson then entered the game in relief, and after walking Jay Gibbons and James Loney to load the bases, got Jamey Carroll to line out to right, where Nate Schierholtz made a game-saving, diving catch. Wilson earned a shaky 13th save.
This time the hard-luck loser was Chad Billingsley, who if nothing else, should be used to it by now. In Billingsley’s last four starts, the Dodgers have scored a total of three runs.
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Billingsley, who fell to 2-4 despite a 3.47 ERA, allowed single runs in the second, third and sixth innings.
In the second, doubles by Buster Posey and Mike Fontenot provided what would be the only run Bumgarner would need.
Bumgarner scored San Francisco’s second run himself after leading off the third with a double. A perfect bunt single by Andres Torres and a sacrifice fly by Freddy Sanchez made it a 2-0 lead.
The Giants added a final run in the sixth after Miguel Tejada singled, was sacrificed to second by Bumgarner and scored on a Sanchez base hit.
Otherwise, Billingsley once again deserved a better fate, going six innings and allowing six hits. He walked four and struck out four.
But the Dodgers (20-25) could never mount a real threat against Bumgarner. He wasn’t dominating (three strikeouts), just highly efficient. Which right now, looks like dominating against the Dodgers.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier makes a sliding catch on a ball hit by San Francisco's Aubrey Huff in the fifth inning Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press