LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers won't say they're desperate for a win over the San Francisco Giants. After all, they'll head to the ballpark Sunday afternoon still atop the NL West standings, but losing to their longtime division rivals is certainly getting old.
The Dodgers have lost nine of 11 to the Giants this season, including five in a row. They haven't been very competitive with visiting San Francisco through the first two games of this series either, getting outscored 15-7.
"They basically gained seven games on us in the games that we've played," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "That's something that we have to be able to change, so it's significant from that point of view."
It would help if the Dodgers could score some runs. Since June 1, when they scored 11 runs against the Colorado Rockies, the Dodgers have been held to three runs or less in 12 of 19 games.
"At the end, it's all about us trying to win a division, put games together, kind of right our own ship," Mattingly said. "In the big sense, it's probably going to go through [the Giants] and we're going to have to find a way to get it done."
Both teams should be familiar with Sunday's starting pitchers as Dodgers left-hander Brett Anderson (2-4, 3.43 ERA) and Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum (7-3, 3.31 ERA) will go head-to-head for the fourth time this season with Lincecum winning two of the previous three matchups.