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Dodgers lose pitchers’ duel to the Giants

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LA loses, 2-1

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Clayton Kershaw did something he doesn’t do often — lose at Oracle Park. Behind Kershaw’s staring pitching, the Dodgers fell, 2-1.

His tenth start this season saw him go seven innings and allowing two runs to score from six hits and a walk. The two runs he earned were from two RBI singles, one of which was a late throw to home. Kershaw, though he pitched very well, didn’t receive run support. Something that has plagued many of his starts in the past.

The Dodgers won their previous 17 regular season games in which Kershaw was the starting pitcher. This streak ended with the loss on Friday.

Drew Pomeranz was the lefty on the mound for the Giants, and the Dodgers weren’t able to score any off of him. Pomeranz tossed five innings and only allowed three hits and a walk while striking out seven batters. It was one of his better outings this year, marking his second scoreless outing this season. The only flaw in his outing was his high pitch count. The Dodgers gave him a battle - throwing 51 pitches in the first two innings.

The only time the Dodgers got on the board was in the eighth inning, when Chris Taylor crushed his fifth home run of the season. It helped the team avoid a shutout, but it wasn’t enough to put them in a position to win.

Overall, the bums really lived up to their nickname. They loaded the bases in the top of the first inning and weren’t able to produce any runs from the golden opportunity. They only had six hits in the game and struck out a total of 11 times. As a team, they went 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position and left six runners on base.

It’s the first time the Dodgers have had a losing streak since April 23 and 24.

Friday particulars

WP: Reyes Moronta (3-4), 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K

LP: Clayton Kershaw (5-1), 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K

Home runs: Chris Taylor (5)

Box score

Up next

The Dodgers will try to avoid extending their losing streak on Saturday with an afternoon game. First pitch is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. PDT and will be broadcasted on FOX. Rich Hill will battle Jeff Samardzija on the mound.