ON THE MOUND: Nearly three weeks after the Dodgers broke camp, veteran left-hander Paul Maholm made his first start for his new team. The pitcher who replaced a sidelined Clayton Kershaw in gave up five runs and seven hits over 41/3 innings. Maholm gave up two home runs, including a three-run home run to Pablo Sandoval in the fifth inning that increased the Giants’ lead to 5-1. With the bullpen depleted by Hyun-Jin Ryu’s two-inning start Friday, the Dodgers were forced to use the likes of Kenley Jansen, J.P. Howell and Chris Perez in a blowout loss.
AT THE PLATE: The Dodgers couldn’t do much against Madison Bumgarner, who struck out 10 batters over 6 1/3 innings. Juan Uribe doubled in a run in the second inning to tie the score, 1-1. But the Dodgers didn’t score again until the seventh inning, when Andre Ethier singled with the bases loaded to drive in Scott Van Slyke. Third base coach Lorenzo Bundy also sent home A.J. Ellis on the play, even though there were two outs and Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez were due up. Ellis was thrown out at the plate. The Dodgers challenged the call, but the call stood.
EXTRA BASES: Josh Beckett’s ankle was described as sore by Manager Don Mattingly, the remnant of an injury suffered by the veteran right-hander in his start with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night. Ideally, the Dodgers would like for Beckett to pitch Wednesday. With the Dodgers scheduled for a day off Thursday, that would allow Hyun-Jin Ryu to make his next start on six-days’ rest. If Beckett can’t pitch, the Dodgers could start Ryu on regular rest or call up a pitcher such as Matt Magill from the minor leagues. Beckett was said to be looking sharp until he was hurt fielding a fifth-inning bunt. Settling down after a rough first inning, he was touching 93 mph with his fastball, according to a scout in attendance who spoke under the condition of anonymity. Before Beckett was injured, the scout said, “He’s ready.”
UP NEXT: Zack Greinke (1-0, 3.60) will make his second start of the season when he faces the Giants and Matt Cain (0-0, 3.60) at Dodger Stadium at 5 p.m. On the air: TV: ESPN2. Radio: 570, 1020 (Spanish).