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Kershaw gets rare loss at home against Giants

Associated Press Published: May 9, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw had been unbeatable pitching at home, especially against the rival San Francisco Giants.

But they caught up with the reigning NL Cy Young winner in a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night.

Kershaw gave up a two-run homer to Brett Pill in the second inning on his way to having two streaks snapped — his career-high 10-game overall winning streak and his franchise-tying 12-game home winning streak.

"I don't care about that. It's just frustrating to lose," he said. "It's probably one of the better days I felt this season. I had one rough inning, but overall, I felt pretty good."

Kershaw lost at home for the first time since April 16, 2011, against St. Louis. He came in with a 6-0 mark against the Giants that dated to Aug. 1, 2010.

"He was on. He had all of his pitches working," catcher A.J. Ellis said. "That's probably the first time all year that we've had all four working at the same time. He did everything we asked him to do."

Ryan Vogelsong (1-2) allowed eight hits while walking three and striking out one for the Giants.

The Dodgers loaded the bases against Vogelsong in the bottom of the eighth inning. Pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu walked, Dee Gordon reached on a bunt single to Vogelsong, and Mark Ellis had a sacrifice bunt. Vogelsong intentionally walked Matt Kemp before turning it over to Javier Lopez, who got Andre Ethier to ground into a double play — one of four the Giants' defense turned a night after committing three errors.

"If I can get Andre up there with the bases loaded with one out, I'll take that any day," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We didn't finish the deal, but it's not one of those decisions that I would look back on and change. I'm going to bunt the guys over and put my two best two RBI guys up there and make them make a choice."

Lopez got the first two outs in the ninth and Santiago Casilla retired Juan Uribe for his sixth save in seven attempts.

Vogelsong pitched into the eighth inning for the first time this season.

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