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Beckett solid in Dodgers' 10-inning loss to Giants

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 9, 2014 at 2:42 am •  Published: May 9, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Josh Beckett walked three of his first seven batters, equaling his total in 19 2-3 innings over his previous three starts combined. Then he straightened himself out and worked into the seventh for the third straight start.

But the three-time All-Star is still looking for his first victory of the season because San Francisco's Brandon Hicks straightened out one of Beckett's pitches to tie the score, and the Los Angeles Dodgers couldn't generate enough offense against Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants' league-leading bullpen in a 3-1 loss Thursday night.

The defending NL West champions opened the scoring in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Drew Butera. But Hicks homered to left field in the seventh to end a 4-for-30 skid, after striking out his first two times up. It was his sixth home run this season, doubling the total he had in 90 at-bats over the previous three years with Atlanta and Oakland.

"It's one of those things. I hung a curve ball to Hicks. If I had made my pitch, the outcome's different," Beckett said. "The guys played great defense behind me, but we just couldn't come up with that timely hit."

Beckett continued to pitch well despite little run support. The right-hander went 6 2-3 innings, allowing a run and five hits.

It was the fifth straight start in which the Dodgers scored fewer than three runs while Beckett was in the game, leaving him with a loss and four no-decisions. He is 0-6 with a 4.12 ERA in 14 starts since his last victory on Sept. 30, 2012, when he beat Colorado 7-1 at Dodger Stadium.

"Josh was good again, and that's encouraging for us," manager Don Mattingly said. "The guy continues to do his thing — changing speeds, using his breaking ball and using his fastball to keep you honest. He was able to keep a good-hitting club at bay. It's just disappointing we can't get him a win, because he's pitched well pretty much every time out."

Beckett gave up a leadoff double in the fifth by Vogelsong, but came back to retire Angel Pagan, Hunter Pence and Buster Posey on groundouts.

"I had to battle through the first few innings because the feel for my curveball wasn't there," he said. "But the good thing was that I didn't abandon it. I kept throwing it and finally got a feel for it. If I gave up on that, I think some crooked numbers could have been put up there."

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