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Too little, too late for Dodgers in 3rd straight loss

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers showed signs of life on Friday night, but it was too little, too late in a 3-1 loss to the Giants and the first three-game losing streak for Los Angeles all season.

Yasiel Puig hit a mammoth home run to dead center field against Madison Bumgarner in the sixth inning, then took his sweet time rounding the bases. The slow trot, coupled with the bat flip - tame, by Puig standards - drew the ire of of both Bumgarner and Buster Posey, both of whom had words for Puig as he neared the plate.

That didn't sit well with manager Don Mattingly, who came out onto the field to voice his displeasure with just about everyone. With Posey and Bumgarner, with home plate umpire Will Little, and with crew chief Ted Barrett.

"It always surprises me when guys react to things when their team does the same type of stuff. It's always the double standard," Mattingly said. "We see guys do stuff everyday."

Mattingly kept chirping from the dugout and was ejected by Little later in the inning, this time for arguing balls and strikes.

"I was a little upset with it, I didn't like it all night. But I can't keep arguing it."

Unfortunately for the Dodgers, that home run only made the game 3-1 Giants, which their damage already done.

The game was scoreless into the fifth, when Brandon Craword hit a two-run home run. The Giants added another run in the sixth, which spelled the end of the night for Paul Maholm after 5⅔ innings.

Maholm walked four and struck out two, and on the season has more walks (15) than strikeouts (14). Among the 154 pitchers with at least 20 innings this season, Maholm's 9.5% strikeout rate ranks 152nd.

Up next

The Dodgers send Zack Greinke to the mound on Saturday afternoon, facing Matt Cain for the Giants.

Friday particulars

Home runs: Yasiel Puig (5); Brandon Crawford (4)

WP - Madison Bumgarner (4-3): 8 IP, 4 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts

LP - Paul Maholm (1-3): 5⅔ IP, 3 hits, 3 runs, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts

Sv - Sergio Romo (12): 3 up, 3 down