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Nothing goes right for Dodgers in blowout loss to Giants

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The Dodgers lined up everything with these two September Giants series in mind, but on Friday night their best-laid plans went awry. Nothing went right for the Dodgers, who got blanked by the Giants 9-0 in the series opener at AT&T Park in San Francisco, but more importantly saw starter Hyun-jin Ryu leave after one inning with left shoulder irritation.

After close examination of the schedule, Friday's contest still counts for just one game though, so the Dodgers retain sole ownership of first place in the National League West, at least for one more day. Granted, the lead is down to one game, the closest the two teams have been since Aug. 4.

The Giants teed off on a sub-par Ryu in the opening inning, hitting three doubles on their way to a four-run first that proved more than enough support for San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner.

Bumgarner struck out nine and allowed only three hits and two walks in his seven scoreless innings to win his 18th game and lower his ERA to 2.91.

The Dodgers' only semblance of a rally against Bumgarner came in the fifth, when two singles and a 12-pitch walk by Justin Turner loaded the bases with two outs. But even with Adrian Gonzalez up as the potential tying run, the only purpose that served was to remind the world how bad the Dodgers are with the bases loaded.

They have 17 hits in 104 at-bats, hitting .163/.184/.202, dead last in the majors across the board in those situations, in case you were wondering.

With Ryu out after one inning, they were forced to scramble in the bullpen. Chris Perez threw a scoreless inning, but the Giants added home runs against everyone's favorite backup quarterback Carlos Frias (a two-run shot by Brandon Crawford) and Kevin Correia (a three-run splash hit by Travis Ishikawa - yes, Travis Ishikawa).

Matt Kemp was 0-for-4 on the night, ending his hitting streak at 16 games.

Up next

The Dodgers will try to get more than one inning from Zack Greinke on Saturday night, and will try to score more than zero against Giants starter Tim Hudson. We get to find out if the person who said, "Momentum is the next day's starting pitcher" was on point or just a filthy, rotten liar.

Friday particulars

Home runs: Brandon Crawford (9), Travis Ishikawa (3)

WP - Madison Bumgarner (18-9): 7 IP, 3 hits, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts

LP - Hyun-jin Ryu (14-7): 1 IP, 5 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout