June 25, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Gregor Blanco (7) is caught stealing second in the fifth inning against the tag of Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis (14) at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ Ninth-Inning Rally Falls Short Against Dodgers


The San Francisco Giants rallied back from a 6-3 deficit, but they fell short. With the loss, they’re also one game short of .500.

The Giants went down fighting, though.

They strung four consecutive hits in the ninth inning against Brandon League. Hunter Pence singled, and the Dodgers allowed him to coast into second base with no outs. Brandon Belt doubled Pence home, and Andres Torres singled Belt home. League walked off to a chorus of “boos.” Paco Rodriguez allowed a single to Brandon Crawford, putting runners on first and second with no outs.

Then, the Giants bats went quiet. Juan Perez failed to lay down a bunt. He eventually popped out to shallow center field. Gregor Blanco looked lost, swinging through Rodriguez’s two-strike breaking ball. The Giants’ final hope in storming back, Marco Scutaro, drove a ball to the center field warning track, but Matt Kemp’s diving effort secured the Dodgers’ 6-5 win.

Michael Kickham pitched 5.1 innings, allowing five earned runs (six total) on eight hits. He didn’t issue any free passes after walking four in his major league debut.

After retiring the first six batters he faced, Kickham surrendered a home run to Mark Ellis. Buster Posey responded in the fourth with a solo home run, the Giants’ second homer in 11 games.

Kickham retired the beef of the Dodgers’ lineup in the fourth before unraveling in the sixth. The southpaw struck out Yasiel Puig to open the inning, but Adrain Gonzalez doubled, and Hanley Ramirez hit a home run. Jake Dunning relieved Kickham after he allowed two straight singles.

Dunning couldn’t stop the bleeding, though. Tim Federowicz singled home a run, and Dunning, facing the pitcher with two outs, threw the ball down the right field line on a pickoff attempting, enabling the Dodgers to score their fourth run of the inning.

Belt’s eighth home run of the year made the score 6-3 in the seventh inning.

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