Recap: Scott Kazmir Struggles, Dodgers Fall To Giants Despite 5-Run First Inning
Recap: Scott Kazmir Struggles, Dodgers Fall To Giants Despite 5-run First Inning
Kenny Karst-USA TODAY Sports
Kenny Karst-USA TODAY Sports
Kenny Karst-USA TODAY Sports

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Just as he did in the second, Cueto opened and closed the third inning with strikeouts as he retired Pederson, Thompson and Barnes in order. Meanwhile, Kazmir again had trouble with the middle of the Giants’ order.

Posey crushed a hanging changeup for a solo home run, Pence singled to left, and Belt tied the game at 5-5 with a two-run homer to right-center field. Utley again helped get the Dodgers going, doubling off the right field fence with one out in the fourth.

He then showed heads-up baserunning by correctly judging a Seager RBI flare single to center. The Dodgers’ one-run lead didn’t last long as Angel Pagan clubbed a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth.

Sunday marked the ninth time in Kazmir’s career he’s allowed at least three home runs in a game; doing so in 2006, 2008 (four home runs, twice), 2010 (three times), 2013, 2014 and 2016. Thompson reached on a two-out infield single in the fifth, but Cueto otherwise struck out the side.

Louis Coleman and Kiké Hernandez entered in the bottom half of the inning as part of a double switch. Coleman worked around a pair of walks to toss a scoreless inning of relief, catching a break as Cueto, who hit eighth in the order, came to bat with two on and two outs in the inning.

The Giants right-hander then needed all of eight pitches to throw a 1-2-3 sixth inning. Pagan hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth and it marked the end of the road for Coleman. J.P. Howell didn’t find much success as Joe Panik followed an infield single with a two-run double to center field.

Howell was then replaced by Yimi Garcia, who allowed another run to come across on a Pence sacrifice fly before he could end the inning. Joe Blanton gave up a leadoff double to Duffy in the bottom of the seventh.

However, the Giants third baseman was doubled up at second base on a Crawford lineout. Pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza then flied to left to end the inning. Sergio Romo walked Hernandez with one out in the eighth and was removed in favor of Josh Osich.

The left-handed reliever didn’t allow the Dodgers to cut into their deficit as he retired Utley and Seager. Santiago Casilla retired Turner, Gonzalez and Puig in the ninth to earn a save in the Giants’ 9-6 win.

Los Angeles finished 4-3 on their road trip after beginning 3-0 with a sweep of the Padres. The Dodgers host the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday 1:10 p.m. in their 2016 home opener.