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Los Angeles Dodgers' A.J. Ellis, right, hits an RBI single as San Francisco Giants catcher Hector Sanchez, left, and home plate umpire Vic Carapazza looks on during the sixth inning of their baseball game, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES -- Even under the best of circumstances, the Giants have never had much of a shot against Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.

Banged-up and reeling, the Giants are far from their best right now, and Kershaw handled them as he always does. The left-hander dominated into the ninth inning Wednesday night to lead the Dodgers to a 4-2 win and a series sweep.

The Giants have gone 15-25 since starting a road trip in Toronto on May 14, posting the worst winning percentage in the majors. As they headed for their final off day before the All-Star break, the Giants were closer to the last-place Dodgers than the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks.

"We've got a day off tomorrow, and it's probably coming at a good time," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We'll try to regroup."

The Giants had hoped to start that process Wednesday, and for five innings it looked like Tim Lincecum might be the one to provide the spark. Lincecum gave up a run in the third, but Buster Posey gave him the lead in the fourth with a two-run homer that was the first against Kershaw by anyone on the roster.

With command of his fastball, Lincecum cruised into the sixth before giving up a one-out single to Hanley Ramirez. The shortstop stole second and scored on Andre Ethier's single. Ramirez had just one stolen base coming into the game, and Ethier had none when he snagged second, in part because of Hector Sanchez's low throw. A double by A.J. Ellis brought Ethier racing home.


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"We just shot ourselves in the foot there with a couple of stolen bases we couldn't handle," Bochy said. "I thought Timmy did a pretty good job. Hector couldn't get it out of the glove (when Ramirez ran) and then the other throw beat (Ethier), it was just in the dirt."

A single by Juan Uribe put runners on the corners, and when Lincecum bounced a pitch that Sanchez couldn't handle, Ellis scored the Dodgers' fourth run. Bochy had seen enough and immediately pulled Lincecum in the middle of a matchup with Skip Schumaker.

Lincecum had been 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in his previous four starts against the Dodgers but was charged with four runs on 10 hits in 51/3 innings.

"I was finding more of the plate than I wanted to," he said. "Most of the guys, I was getting ahead of them and just not putting them away. That's my fault for leaving (pitches) too much on the plate."

In 18 previous starts against the Giants, Kershaw had given up more than two runs just twice and had never allowed more than four. Given a 4-2 lead, Kershaw retired six straight before Marco Scutaro led off the ninth with a single. Closer Kenley Jansen entered and gave up a single to Posey before striking out Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval and getting Brandon Belt to pop up to short.

"I know guys are fighting," Lincecum said. "The last two games we've come back tough in the last inning and tried to put up a fight, but to no avail."

Lincecum and Kershaw have now made six starts against each other. The Dodger improved to 5-0 with a 1.02 ERA in those games and 10-4 with a 1.33 ERA in 19 starts against the Giants.

  • Puig Mania has taken over at Dodger Stadium, but Bochy has no plans to bring it to New York. Bochy, the National League manager in the All-Star game, said he would not pick electric Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig at the moment. Puig had three more hits Wednesday to raise his average to .435 through 22 big league games.

    "The kid has done an unbelievable job since he came up and is a great talent," Bochy said before the game. "But it's a small sample size at this point. It would be hard to leave somebody off who has done it the whole half. I look at it as picking guys who had the best half, not what they did last year or for two to three weeks."

  • San Jose Giants right-hander Kyle Crick will represent the Giants at the All-Star Futures game, played at Citi Field two nights before the All-Star game. Crick has missed much of the season with an oblique injury, but in his four starts he has a 0.66 ERA.

  • Left-hander Eric Surkamp gave up one run and struck out six while throwing four innings in his final start for San Jose. Surkamp, on the road back from Tommy John surgery, now will join Triple-A Fresno. Surkamp has a 2.93 ERA in five starts, with 17 strikeouts in 151/3 innings.

    Friday's game

    Giants (Barry Zito 4-5) at Colorado (Jhoulys Chacin 6-3), 5:40 p.m., CSNBA