User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Giants, Cain sweep aside Dodgers, 4-3

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was surprisingly upbeat after his team's third straight one-run loss to the division-leading Giants.

Advertisement
Catcher A.J. Ellis was having none of it, no matter what the circumstances were.

Los Angeles scored three times in the eighth inning but left the tying and go-ahead runners on base in a 4-3 loss to San Francisco on Sunday night that extended the Dodgers' losing streak to five against the defending World Series champs.

``It is really hard to talk about moral victories after being swept,'' said Ellis, who had two hits and scored a run. ``We kind of had our slow spell at the beginning of the year ... and now we have to spend the rest of the year playing the way we're supposed to play.''

The Dodgers couldn't get out of AT&T Park fast enough. They were the only visiting NL team with a winning record at the Giants' waterfront ballpark before the series, but are now 60-60 since the stadium opened in 2000.

It didn't help that Mattingly had to scratch first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the lineup with a sore neck less than an hour before the first pitch. Los Angeles also was without injured second baseman Mark Ellis and shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who went on the disabled list Saturday.

Still, Mattingly sounded optimistic after seeing his team nearly come back from a 4-0 deficit before falling short.

``I'm really not disappointed in how we played,'' Mattingly said. ``I feel better about our club walking out of here right now than I did walking in. We played them tough the whole series.''

Just not tough enough.

Since beating San Francisco on opening day, Los Angeles has lost five straight to the Giants and is 5 1/2 games behind them in the NL West.

Dodgers rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-2) has been one of Los Angeles' most consistent pitchers, except against San Francisco, which has handed him both of his losses.

He gave up 10 hits and three runs while taking the loss in his majors debut on April 2, then allowed eight hits and four runs over six innings in the rematch.

``My main issue today was not being able to get (Hunter) Pence out,'' Ryu said through an interpreter. ``It came down to that. He was the only one that got me today.''

Pence doubled twice and drove in four runs to snap out of a season-long funk with runners in scoring position, while Matt Cain (1-2) pitched into the eighth inning for his first victory of the season to complete a series sweep for the Giants.

Cain, who pitched six shutout innings against Los Angeles on opening day, gave up one run and five hits in 7 1-3 innings and allowed only one runner past second base while ending the longest winless drought of his career.

The Giants opened with three straight singles off Ryu in the first, but the Dodgers right-hander got out of it allowing only one run. Marco Scutaro scored on Pence's fielder's choice grounder after Buster Posey hit into a force-out at home. Ryu then retired Francisco Peguero on a fly ball to end the inning.

Pence, who was hitting just .211 with runners in scoring position, doubled Scutaro home in the third then hit a two-run double off Ryu in the fifth to drive in Pablo Sandoval and Posey.

After Cain walked Matt Kemp with one out in the eighth, Ellis singled off reliever George Kontos and Juan Uribe walked. Gonzalez followed with a pinch-hit two-run single to center and Uribe scored on an infield hit by Dee Gordon to make it 4-3. Jean Machi got pinch hitter Jerry Hairston to ground out with the tying run at second base to end the inning.

``He did what he was supposed to do and that is shut us (down),'' Kemp said of Cain. ``We just didn't get any hits.''

Cain, who struck out four and walked three, had not won since Sept. 26, 2012. It's also the first win by any San Francisco starter since April 21 - an 11-game stretch.

Sergio Romo worked the ninth for his 12th save, tied for most in the majors.

NOTES: Hairston was not in the Dodgers starting lineup because of a sore groin. ... San Francisco CF Angel Pagan did not play because of a strained hamstring and is questionable for Monday's series opener against Philadelphia. ... Chris Capuano (0-1) is scheduled to come off the disabled list and start for Los Angeles on Monday against Colorado.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Nats edge D-Backs for 10th straight win
Angels complete 4-game sweep at Fenway
Rays nip Tigers in Price's return
Yankees avoid sweep, blank Astros
Braves stay red hot, blank Reds 8-0
Giants fall short in suspended game, 2-1
Twins top Indians as home dogs, 4-1
Fiers making pitch for Brewers rotation
Yankees send Whitley to minors
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
4-0 +483 Y'day, 7-1 +704 L5 Days
10-2 L12, 17-4 +1,547 This Month
34-14 L48 G-Plays, +8,803 TY
8-1 +1,060 L9 G-Plays, +2,757 TY
7-0 L2 Days, 19-7 L26 G-Plays
22-8 +1,936 Run, 11-3 G-Plays
5-2 L7, 13-4 +1,016 MLB Streak
4-1 +332 L5 G-Plays, +2,193 TY
12-6 L18 Guaranteed Plays
+2,351 Overall This Year
7-2 L9 G-Plays, 15-8 L23 Picks
5-1 L2 Days, 9-2 Last 6 Days
15-4 Last 19 Guarantees
6-1, +547 Record Yesterday
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 8848
Doc's Sports + 3412
The Gold Sheet + 2972
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 2283
Dave Cokin + 2254
James Manos + 2189
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2733
Tony Stoffo + 1765
Joe Williams + 1095
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Doc's Sports + 2037
Dave Cokin + 1640
Kyle Hunter + 1588
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3250
Doc's Sports + 1480
Kevin Rogers + 1473
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 2763
Kevin Rogers + 1203
Doc's Sports + 1197
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!