(Sports Network) - Still with a chance to clinch the NL West title this
weekend, the Los Angeles Dodgers turn to streaking right-hander Ricky Nolasco
on Saturday night. He faces off against the San Francisco Giants in the third
contest of a four-game series.
Nolasco has gone 8-1 with a 2.07 earned run average in 12 starts since getting
dealt to the Dodgers by the Miami Marlins. He has won four straight outings
and seven consecutive decisions, including an 8-1 triumph over Arizona on
Nolasco yielded one unearned run on three hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings. He
also struck out six, giving him 28 over his last four starts.
The 30-year-old is 13-9 with a 3.14 ERRA in 30 total starts this year and
faced the Giants while with the Marlins on June 21. He did not factor into the
outcome after allowing three runs over 5 2/3 innings. Nolasco is 5-3 with a
2.09 ERA in nine lifetime starts versus the Giants.
The Dodgers were bested 4-2 by the Giants last night, but still saw their
magic number to clinch their first NL West crown since 2009 lowered to four
because of Arizona's loss to Colorado.
Juan Uribe hit a two-run homer for Los Angeles, but San Francisco rallied for
three runs on the seventh and added an insurance run in the eighth. Brett Pill
hit a two-run single in the seventh frame and Hunter Pence connected on a solo
homer in the game.
Madison Bumgarner got the win after giving up two runs over six innings and
Sergio Romo secured the Giants' fourth victory in six games with a four-out
"It got scary the last couple of innings but our pitchers picked us up,"
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'm happy for Bumgarner to get the win."
Clayton Kershaw struck out six and allowed three runs -- two earned -- on
eight hits over seven frames for Los Angeles, which has dropped six of its
last nine tilts.
The Dodgers lost to the Giants for just the second time in the past eight
"Clayton just had a rough inning," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of his
starter. "They have a good ballclub. They got guys on base and they took
The Dodgers did not have shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the lineup after he
suffered nerve irritation in his back in Thursday's opener and outfielder
Andre Ethier exited last night's contest after aggravating a sprained left
The Giants sent Tim Lincecum to the hill tonight and he is aiming for a fourth
straight winning decision. The righty is 9-13 with a 4.40 ERA in 29 starts
Lincecum captured three straight outings ahead of a no-decision versus
Colorado on Monday. He gave up two runs on seven hits over eight innings as
his club won 3-2 in extra innings.
The 29-year-old has split two meetings with the Dodgers this year, giving up
four earned runs over 10 1/3 frames, and is 8-6 against them lifetime with a
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