Quick take: Giants 5, Dodgers 3

April, 3, 2013

LOS ANGELES -- The magic of Opening Day wore off quickly, as defensive lapses and slow starts by key hitters cost the Los Angeles Dodgers the final two games of a three-game series with the San Francisco Giants.

Second baseman Skip Schumaker misplayed a grounder by Angel Pagan in the third inning Wednesday to usher in two unearned runs, the second straight game the Dodgers allowed a pair of unearned runs in close losses.

Matt Kemp and Luis Cruz remain 0-for the 2013 season and the rest of the lineup -- aside from Carl Crawford -- has also begun the season in a sluggish manner. The Dodgers couldn't do much with seven walks issued by Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum. They faced the Giants two best pitchers, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner, in the first two games and made little headway.

Kemp batted with the bases loaded and nobody out in the sixth inning, the Dodgers trailing by three runs, and hit into a rally-killing double play to Pablo Sandoval. Kemp, who underwent shoulder surgery in October, hit just one home run and batted .250 in spring training. He is hitless in his first 10 at-bats of the young season.

It was Sandoval who had the big hit for the Giants, a two-run home run on a neck-high fastball from Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett in that third inning.

Making his season debut, Beckett allowed five runs on six hits and struck out four batters. He also allowed an opposite-field line-drive home run to Giants right fielder Hunter Pence.

Mark Saxon

Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.



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