If the Los Angeles Dodgers are to continue their current surge, they might have to do it without one of their key players.
Juan Uribe came a single shy of the cycle and matched a career high with seven RBIs as Los Angeles (41-44) rolled to a 10-2 win at San Francisco on Friday. The Dodgers have recorded at least 13 hits in five straight games and averaged 5.5 runs while winning 11 of 13.
After losing five straight in the series, Los Angeles has won four in a row over a San Francisco team that's totaled 28 runs while dropping 12 of 14."We're getting tested," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Hopefully you get stronger when you're tested."
The Giants (39-46) might not have to worry about Kemp after he irritated his left shoulder Friday, but not in the area that was surgically repaired. Though he's batting .254, Kemp was 6 for 19 (.316) with two of his four homers and six RBIs in four games prior to the opener."I don't ever want to get used to getting hurt," he said. "It could have been worse. I felt something weird in my shoulder that scared me. It hurt worse than running into the wall."
With Kemp day to day, Carl Crawford could see more time after his return Friday from missing more than a month with a hamstring injury.
Kemp, however, is not the only Dodger playing well at the moment.
Uribe is 8 for 17 with two homers and 12 RBIs in his last four road contests. He's hit .474 (9 for 19) in his last five against the Giants.
"Every opportunity they gave me, I want to help the team," Uribe said.
Los Angeles looks to stay hot against scheduled San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner (8-5, 3.08 ERA), who is in the midst of a stretch where he's 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA. He gave up a homer and three other hits in seven innings of a 5-2 win at Colorado on Sunday."Bumgarner has been consistent all year," Bochy said. "He's been consistent in every start. He's a special talent."
The left-hander's lone blemish in the last five starts came during a 3-1 loss at Los Angeles on June 24, when he allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings. Puig went 2 for 3 with a homer off him.
Bumgarner, who threw 16 straight scoreless innings against the Dodgers prior to last week's start, is 6-3 with a 2.54 ERA in nine starts versus the NL West rival.
He's also 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA in his last three home starts overall.
The Dodgers counter with right-hander Stephen Fife (3-2, 2.83), who allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings of a 6-1 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday.
Posey is 0 for 11 in July after he went 11 for 22 with four homers and six RBIs in the final six games of June.
|Jerry Hairston Jr.||10||.300||3||0||1||0||1||.300||.700||.400|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|July 05, 2013||Matt Kemp||Day-to-Day||Left shoulder AC joint irratation|
|June 12, 2013||Yasiel Puig||Day-to-Day||Strained shoulder|
|June 11, 2013||Scott Van Slyke||15-Day DL||Left shoulder bursitis|
|June 11, 2013||Scott Van Slyke||15-Day DL||Left shoulder bursitis|
|June 08, 2013||Ted Lilly||Day-to-Day||Neck discomfort|
|June 07, 2013||Hanley Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Hamstring|
|San Francisco Giants|
|July 05, 2013||Andres Torres||Day-to-Day||Left game - right calf cramp|
|June 24, 2013||Joaquin Arias||Day-to-Day||Hamstring|
|June 21, 2013||Chad Gaudin||15-Day DL||Right elbow contusion|
|June 18, 2013||Brandon Crawford||Day-to-Day||Left game - Sprained right index finger|
|June 11, 2013||Marco Scutaro||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left hand injury|
|June 09, 2013||Pablo Sandoval||15-Day DL||Strained left foot|
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- With his team slumping and his offense struggling, all Giants manager Bruce Bochy could do was take responsibility and shake his head for a lineup mistake that wiped away a run and a rare lead.
"At that point, I just said, `What else?"' Bochy recalled.
The day turned out just fine for Bochy, with Madison Bumgarner driving in two runs and striking out nine in seven innings to lead the Giants to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.
San Francisco was caught batting out of order in the first inning, taking away Buster Posey 's RBI double. Bochy submitted a lineup with Posey batting fourth, but the reigning NL MVP and batting champion hit third.
Bochy called the mistake a "perfect storm" of events.
As the defending World Series champion manager, Bochy had been finishing rosters all day for the NL All-Star team announcement. It also was only the second day the Giants used a digital lineup in the clubhouse, which showed Posey batting third, where the All-Star catcher had batted in 15 straight games until Friday.
Papers passed out in the press box and the scoreboard in center field listed Posey third as well - just not on the official lineup card submitted to the Dodgers and umpires. Bochy said he filled out the card and gave it to bench coach Ron Wotus , declining to name the Giants official who entered the lineup into the electronic system.
"The buck stops here," Bochy said, assuming all the blame.
"You feel horrible," he said. "There's not a worse feeling. At that point, you're going, `Geez, what's going on?' We've had a lot of things happen, and now that. That was a huge game for us. I would've felt horrible if that would've played a part in us not winning."
Thankfully for the Giants, it didn't.
On the day he earned his first All-Star selection, Bumgarner bailed out the man who made the choice. The big lefty retired his first 14 batters, allowing Tim Federowicz 's two-run homer in the fifth inning for Los Angeles' only runs.
Bumgarner (9-5) said Bochy had informed him Friday to take the pressure off his start. The pitcher only told his wife until the official announcement.
"That was tough to walk around and not tell anybody," he said.
Gregor Blanco had three hits and an RBI to end an 0-for-25 skid, and first-time All-Star Marco Scutaro drove in another run to help San Francisco stop a four-game losing streak.
Sergio Romo pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save.
Stephen Fife (3-3) allowed seven hits and four runs - although only one was earned - in 4 1-3 innings. The Dodgers committed three errors and never got going offensively, with rookie sensation Yasiel Puig striking out four times for the first time this season.
Help is on the way for the Dodgers. They acquired right-hander Ricky Nolasco from the Miami Marlins during the game in exchange for three minor league pitchers.
But they couldn't find a way to match Bumgarner, who gave up three hits and walked none. He has won five of his last six starts.
It was only the fourth time in 15 games the Giants had scored more than two runs. San Francisco also had lost 10 of its last 11 games and started off looking even worse.
After Posey hit third in Pablo Sandoval 's spot to give the Giants a 1-0 lead, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly called out the mistake to umpires. Posey was ruled out but got to bat again in the fourth spot, ending the inning on a flyout to right field.
Mattingly said bench coach Trey Hillman pointed out Posey's mistake as soon as he was announced at the plate.
"It's one of those things. It can happen easily when you make lineups day to day with the computer programs," Mattingly said.
Posey said he looked at the digital lineup in the clubhouse. "I was batting third and I looked at the lineup on the scoreboard and I was batting third. Somewhere, something got crossed up," he said.
Bochy even talked before the game about wanting to return Posey permanently to the fourth spot with Sandoval healthy again and San Francisco struggling.
"In the middle of the at-bat I was looking at it like I was losing it," Bochy said.
The move might have been a bit of redemption for Mattingly, though the Giants were able to laugh it off in a win.
After separate ejections of manager Joe Torre and bench coach Bob Schaefer in the Dodgers' 7-5 loss to San Francisco on July 20, 2010, Mattingly made his own mistake while he was the hitting coach. He went to the mound for a chat with closer Jonathan Broxton in the ninth inning before Andres Torres came up. Mattingly took a few steps back off the dirt toward the dugout before turning around and advising first baseman James Loney exactly where he wanted him positioned.
Bochy came out to protest to plate umpire Adrian Johnson that Mattingly's about-face constituted a second trip to the mound. The umpires huddled and agreed, and Broxton had to leave the game. Mattingly was forced to summon George Sherrill , who promptly served up Torres' two-run double that gave the Giants the lead.
Los Angeles made more than its share of mistakes on Saturday.
In the second inning, Nick Punto 's throw pulled shortstop Hanley Ramirez off second base for an error. Bumgarner walked to force in a run, Blanco's single drove in another and Scutaro flied out to right to put the Giants ahead 3-0.
Torres also reached in the fourth when Ramirez misplayed his grounder and was slow to recover, setting up Bumgarner's sacrifice fly that stretched San Francisco's lead to 4-0.
Andre Ethier 's bloop single to left with two outs in the fifth was the first baserunner off Bumgarner. Federowicz followed with his third home run to trim the Dodgers' deficit to 4-2.
Ramirez tripled leading off the seventh before getting thrown out at the plate after Sandoval fielded a grounder at third.
NOTES: Mattingly said he's hopeful CF Matt Kemp (irritated left shoulder) will play Sunday or Monday at the latest. ... A moment of silence was held before the game for victims of an Asiana Airlines flight from South Korea that crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport. ... Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (7-5, 1.93 ERA) starts against San Francisco's Chad Gaudin (2-1, 2.60 ERA) in the series finale Sunday.