LOS ANGELES (AP) — A day of emotional momentum swings for the Los Angeles Dodgers ended with their closer matching his San Francisco Giants counterpart pitch for pitch — not what manager Don Mattingly had in mind this time.
Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer against Sergio Romo with two outs in the ninth inning, but Kenley Jansen was charged with three runs in the 10th and the Dodgers fell another game behind the NL West leaders with a 7-4 loss on Sunday.
Pablo Sandoval and Hector Sanchez had bases-loaded RBI singles in the 10th for the Giants, who beat the defending division champions for the seventh time in 10 meetings this season.
"You hate to say 'matter of time' just because we don't have time. We need to play better," Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said.
Kershaw gave up a two-run homer to Brandon Hicks in the seventh inning after the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the sixth on a home run by Yasiel Puig and an RBI single by Adrian Gonzalez that ended a 2-for-33 slide.
"We have to play with that sense of urgency," Kershaw added. "I think over the past few days it's slowly gotten better. Today I feel like we really played good baseball. Everybody knows how to play the game the right way. It's just a matter of doing it collectively as a team."
Angel Pagan started the winning rally with leadoff walk and Hunter Pence singled against Jansen (0-2), who threw a wild pitch to Buster Posey before walking him intentionally to load the bases. Posey scored on J.P. Howell's wild pitch after Sandoval and Sanchez came through with their timely hits.
Romo (3-0), trying to protect a 4-2 lead for Tim Hudson, struck out Puig after a one-out double by Dee Gordon in the ninth. Ramirez then lined his fifth homer to left field, handing Romo his first blown save this season in 13 chances.
Kershaw allowed three runs and seven hits in his third start of 2014 and first at home. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner and three-time defending major league ERA champ struck out nine and walked none in his second outing since coming off the disabled list. He also had nine Ks and no walks last Tuesday at Washington, when he pitched seven scoreless innings in an 8-3 win.
Sandoval led off the seventh with a single and Hicks followed with his seventh homer, a drive to left field on an 0-2 curveball. Hicks also went deep Thursday against Josh Beckett in the Giants' series-opening win.
"It's frustrating," Kershaw said. "The team played so well and we battled all day. Guy were making plays, getting big, clutch hits, moving guys over and playing the game the right way. So for me to give up that home run after just getting the lead right back is disappointing. I've got to shut the door right there."