Dodgers drop Double Dip to Giants, Royals

Los Angles rallied from a 6-3 deficit to take a 7-6 lead in the seventh only to lose 8-7 in the ninth inning against the Giants. Kansas City pounded five Dodgers pitchers for 20 hits and 19 runs to crush them 19-7. Dodgers pitching on the day was, in a word, appalling. The two games put a lot of pressure on the squad and a number of new names were in both lineups.

Kansas City 19-Los Angeles 7
The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning but the Royals roared back to built a 14-3 lead after six and the outcome was not in doubt at that time. Ted Lilly, Ron Mahay, Ramon Troncoso and Oscar Villarreal allowed four runs or more each and a total of 18 hits.

Lilly was KO'ed in the third after allowing six runs. Mahay couldn't get out of the fourth, Troncoso gave up four in 1.2 innings and Villarreal four runs in 1.1 innings. Steve Jackson, who just arrived as a free agent pickup from Pittsburgh, allowed a single run over the final 1.2 frames.

After an error, Juan Uribe (who finished the day with two hits) and Matt Kemp doubled for a pair of runs in the first inning. L.A. scored a single run in the fourth on singles by Marcus Thames Dioner Navarro and Gabe Kapler but they trailed 12-3 at that time.

Trent Oeltjen slugged a three-run homer in the seventh with Angel Songco (walk) and Ivan De Jesus (single on base) and rookie Cody Smith homered in the eighth. Oeltjen also picked up two hits but ended the game attempting to stretch his single into a double

The Lineup:

Rafael Furcal ss
 Dee Gordon ss
Xavier Paul rf
 Angel Songco ph-rf
Juan Uribe 3b
 Ivan De Jesus 3b
Matt Kemp cf
 Trent Oeltjen cf
Marcus Thames lf
 Jerry Sands lf
Dioner Navarro c
 J.D. Closser c
Hector Gimenez 1b
 Cody Smith 1b
Gabe Kapler dh
Jamey Carroll 2b
 Eugenio Valdez 2b
/b> Alex Gordon has three hits and knocked in six runs for Kansas City.

San Francisco 8-Los Angeles 7 A blowout loss is one thing, but the Dodgers clawed back from a 6-3 deficit going into the seventh inning to take a 7-6 lead on a bases-loaded triple by Andre Ethier and rookie Elian Herrera's double only to allow a pair of runs in the last of the ninth.

San Francisco opened the game with back-to-bback triples after the Dodgers had strung together singles by Tony Gwynn, Ethier and James Loney to take a 1-0 margin. Justin Seller led off with a double and scored on Gwynn's second single to knot the game in the second.

Los Angeles gained another slim lead in the fourth on Trayvon Robinson's triple and Rod Barajas long fly ball but a two-run homer erased that and a second two-run homer put the host in front 6-3.

Ethier's jackpot triple in the seventh scored rookie Jake Lemmerman (double), pinch-hitter Aaron Miles (fielder's choice) and Russ Mitchell who lived on an error. Herrera's single put L.A. in front for a third time.

Jon Huber and Alan Watson protected the lead into the last of the ninth but Roman Colon served up a pair of singles before a double play. But the elusive third out never came. Colon gave up two more singles to tie the score and then win the game.

Tim Redding was hammered for four runs on four hits in his four-inning start. Travis Schlichting worked a scoreless fifth before rookie Nate Eovoldi gave up a two-out walk and a home run.

Gwynn rapped out three singles and Ethier had a single and his big triple.

The Lineup:

Tony Gwynn dh
 Aaron Miles ph-dh
Casey Blake 3b
 Russ Mitchell 3b
Andre Ethier rf
 Kyle Russell rf
James Loney 1b
 Elian Herrera 1b
Jay Gibbons lf
 Brian Cavazos-Galvez lf
Trayvon Robinson cf
 Jamie Hoffmann cf
Rod Barajas c
 A.J. Ellis c
Juan Castro 2b
 Jaime Pedroza 2b
Justin Sellers ss
 Jake Lemmerman ss
The Dodgers, now 5-12, play split-squad games against the two Chicago teams Sunday. The White Sox at Camelback Ranch and the Cubs in Las Vegas. Hiroki Kuroda will start at home with Jonathan Broxton, Matt Guerrier and Mike MacDougal to follow. Rookie Rubby De La Rosa gets his first start in Las Vegas with Carlos Monasterios and Wilkin De La Rosa (no relation) scheduled after him.

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