Dodgers rough up Logan Webb as SF Giants drop third in a row

LOS ANGELES — With a pitching staff depleted by injuries, a spot occupied by a starter who won’t pitch until the fourth series of the season and a bullpen that has been the worst in the majors early in the season, the Giants needed nothing more Tuesday night than innings from their starting pitcher.

There was perhaps no better candidate on the mound than Logan Webb, their ace who recorded more outs than any other pitcher in the game last season. Since moving to the top of the Giants’ rotation, Webb has caught the ball 36 times and has managed at least five frames in all but three of those starts.

Make it four.

Manager Bob Melvin came out of the first base dugout with one out left in the fourth inning. He extended his right arm, gesturing to the bullpen. Webb’s final four pitches were four non-competitive balls to Shohei Ohtani, the ninth batter to reach base of the 20 Dodgers to come to the plate against the Giants ace.

Webb’s night ended after 3⅔ innings, seven hits, five runs, two walks and a home run. He left the Giants in a 5-2 hole from which they never recovered in a 5-4 loss, losing their third straight game and second straight to their arch rivals.

After splitting their four-game series to open the season in San Diego, the Giants can’t return home better than one game below .500.

Faced with an amalgamation of bullpen arms, the Giants did not stay calm.

Wilmer Flores and Matt Chapman each doubled and scored to give the Giants their first two runs, and Jorge Soler connected for his first home run in orange and black. Ryan Yarbrough tried to throw a 2-1 curveball for a strike, and Soler punished him 384 feet to left center for a solo shot that sparked a two-run sixth.

The rally was snuffed out when Max Muncy – a giant killer on both sides of the ball – caught a would-be single from Thairo Estrada for the first out, and Austin Slater’s hit ball to Alex Vesia found the glove of Kiké Hernandez. on the warning track, narrowly missing what would have been a home run.

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