Giants Get Bumped to 3rd Place

Struggling Giants have lost 7 of last 10 games

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    NEWSLETTERS

    SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are in some trouble.

    Not only have they lost 7 of their last 10 games, but they soon embark on a season-long 11 game road trip.

    Casey Blake hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning, Manny Ramirez had an RBI double among his three hits and the Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Monday night.

     

    The Giants continue to shoot themselves in the foot with rally-killing double plays.

    "We're finding ways to get into them," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of the double-play balls. "We've put guys in motion and we're missing the pitch. Those hurt, they stop rallies."

     

    The Dodgers turned five double plays for the 11th time and first since Sept. 4, 2007, against the Cubs. The franchise record is six, set on Aug. 5, 1956.

     

    The Giants missed an opportunity in the seventh when Renteria flied out to shallow right and Los Angeles wound up turning a double play. On Renteria's fly, Pablo Sandoval was caught in a rundown between first and second. He had singled on a 12-pitch at-bat.

     

    Pat Burrell singled to start the inning, his second hit of the game, then Rowand entered to pinch-run.

     

    "Pablo thought Row was heading home," Bochy said. "The way he broke, it looked like it. When he realized he wasn't, he got caught. You can't fault him for being aggressive."

    Matt Cain pitches for the Giants on Tuesday.  Cain is winless in his career against the Dodgers (0-7).