LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers lost 4-1 to the San Francisco Giants and this loss ended a few things. It stopped their five-game winning streak and their thirteen consecutive games with at least one home run. However, the Dodgers did take two out of three games in this series and that extended their undefeated series streak to nine series.
Chris Stratton had not pitched well against the Dodgers this season but in his fourth start, he was able to keep the ball within the confines of Dodger Stadium. Stratton pitched six innings and gave up three singles and the unearned run. He did it mostly on getting batters to make outs as he only struck out three.
The Giants took the lead in the top of the first on a two-out two-run homer from Nick Hundley. The Dodgers would halve that lead when Hundley made a poor throw to second and Max Muncy scored from third.
However, the Giants would add to their lead when after a Kiké Hernández error, Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer to make it 4-1.
Caleb Ferguson made his third start and he had his longest outing, going five innings, giving up the two home runs while walking one and striking out six. At the plate, Ferguson singled to get his first major league hit.
Both bullpens did the job, the Dodgers used Edward Parades, Erik Goeddel and Daniel Hudson and they combined to pitch four scoreless innings.
Bruce Bochy had a chance with the lead to use multiple relievers and that he did, bringing in Will Smith, Mark Melancon, Tony Watson and Hunter Strickland to record the final nine outs.
The Dodgers head to Chicago to take on the Cubs for a three-game series starting on Monday. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. with Kenta Maeda going against Tyler Chatwood.
Home runs: Nick Hundley (8), Brandon Belt (12)
WP - Chris Stratton (8-4): 6 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
LP - Caleb Ferguson (0-1): 5 IP, 2 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts
SV - Hunter Strickland (14): ⅔ IP, 1 strikeout