LOS ANGELES (AP) - Giants manager Bruce Bochy began his day at the ballpark Monday dealing with the news that reliever Guillermo Mota had received a 100-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy a second time.
It didn't get any better once the game started, either.
The Giants struggled against Ted Lilly and committed three errors in a 9-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
``These things shouldn't be happening,' Bochy said. ``I don't know how much tile we put into some if this stuff in spring training. It's like hitting. It's contagious. These guys are trying to get acclimated to playing with each other in the major leagues. I mean, you know there are going to be some growing pains, but there's more right now than there should be.'
Giants leadoff hitter Angel Pagan was 0 for 5 and didn't hit a ball out of the infield, ending his hitting streak at 20 games and leaving him tied with injured teammate Pablo Sandoval for the longest streak in the majors this season.
Barry Zito (1-1) gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings. The hard-luck left-hander has a 2.21 ERA in six starts, but the Giants have totaled only five runs over his last three outings.
``There's going to be rough stretches defensively, offensively and pitching-wise. It's just part of the game, so you can't let that come into your head,' Zito said. ``You've just got to come out there and make your pitch and be aggressive.'
Dodgers first baseman James Loney, 2 for 28 with seven strikeouts against Zito, wasn't in the starting lineup on his 28th birthday. But he came in for defense in the eighth, replacing Juan Rivera with the Dodgers ahead 4-1, and made a brilliant diving stop of Hector Sanchez's grounder up the line before tossing to Josh Lindblom at the bag to strand runners at the corners.
``We had the tying run up there and a pretty good hitter, and he made a great play there,' Bochy said. ``If that ball gets by him, two runs are in and the tying run is at second. That turned the whole game around. The wheels just came off after that.'
The Dodgers tacked on five more runs in the eighth against an injury-depleted bullpen. The rally included a two-run single by Andre Ethier, who leads the NL with 30 RBIs.
The commissioner's office said the 38-year-old Mota tested positive for Clenbuterol. In November 2006, while with the New York Mets, Mota was suspended for the first 50 games of the next season.
Lilly (4-0) allowed a run and four hits, walked two and struck out six, including Sanchez all three times he faced him. It's the first time the 36-year-old left-hander and two-time All-Star has won his first four decisions of a season in a big league career that began in 1999 with the Montreal Expos.
``That's very surprising, because I know he's had some great years in some different places,' Matt Kemp said. ``He's pitching really well right now. He's doing a real good job of keeping hitters off-balance and making his pitches when he needs to, so we're just trying to get him as many runs as we can.'
Kemp, who won his second Gold Glove last year, committed his first error of the season when he tried to short-hop Melky Cabrera's leadoff single in the sixth and it got past him. Cabrera advanced on a wild pitch and scored the tying run on a single by Joaquin Arias, his fifth RBI in 10 games since getting recalled from Triple-A Fresno.
NOTES: This was Ned Colletti's 1,000th regular-season game as Dodgers general manager since taking the job in November 2005. He spent 11 seasons with the Giants, the last nine as assistant GM. ... Cy Young winners Tim Lincecum and Clayton Kershaw will miss facing each other by one day because of the way the rotations are lined up. Kershaw pitches Tuesday night against Ryan Vogelsong and Lincecum goes Wednesday night against Chad Billingsley. Kershaw was 5-0 against the Giants last season - and 4-0 against Lincecum. Three of those wins were by 2-1 scores, and the other was a 1-0 decision. ... Before the game, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced that Kenley Jansen would replace Javy Guerra as his closer.
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