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These things happen to teams during the course of a 162-game season, but the one the Dodgers are currently floundering in may be coming at a particularly bad time.
They lost for the fourth time in five games, this one to the rival
The loss cut their lead over the Giants to 1½ games in the
Mattingly moved pieces throughout his lineup Friday, and if the four runs looked like a great improvement over their past few games, the only player who seemed to benefit was third baseman
Turner had three hits -- two doubles and a solo homer -- scored twice and drove in two runs. The Dodgers did manage five runs on nine hits, so that's something. It was the first time they'd scored more than four runs in eight games.
At least the Dodgers' infamous scoring drought against the Giants finally ended in the second inning after
That allowed Kendrick to score when Yasmani Gandal singled to center. The Dodgers went 32 consecutive innings against Giants before finally pushing a run across. By a single inning, it's the longest any Giants opponent has ever gone without scoring. It is one inning shy of the Dodgers' record against any opponent, the 1967 Dodgers going 33 innings without scoring against the
The Dodgers' 1-0 lead did not last long. The Giants loaded the bases against Bolsinger in the third on a
Loading the bases for
That led to a full-count hanging curveball the Posey deposited into the Dodgers' bullpen. It was Posey's 10th home run of the season and third career grand slam.
The Dodgers managed to pull back within a run in the bottom of the inning after Joc Pederson doubled with one out against right-hander Chris Heston. Turner followed with a run-scoring double of his own, aided by left fielder Aoki mistakenly diving for, and missing, the ball.
Adrian Gonzalez added an RBI single to pull the Dodgers within one, but Kendrick bounced into a double play to end the rally.
The Giants added one more in the sixth on a
Turner's seventh home run of the season came in the eighth, off right-hander