Wasted opportunities come back to haunt Dodgers

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 16, 2014 at 3:18 am •  Published: April 16, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A blown save by Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning. A weak groundout by Andre Ethier in the 12th with the potential go-ahead run at third base. A costly wild pitch from Brandon League not long after that.

It all went bad for Los Angeles with the game on the line.

Hector Sanchez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Dodgers 3-2 Tuesday night after Brandon Belt's tying double in the ninth.

"It is frustrating. We had that game, man," Jansen said after his second blown save ended Los Angeles' modest three-game winning streak. "It's going to be us and them the whole year. They never quit. They keep playing hard."

The Dodgers had several chances to win but came up empty almost every time, at the plate and in the field.

After Ethier's groundout ended the top of the 12th, Brandon Crawford singled off League (0-1) with one out in the bottom half and advanced to second on a groundout by Brandon Hicks. His bouncer deflected off third baseman Juan Uribe to shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who threw to first for the out. But the Dodgers were unable to get the lead runner on the play, and it cost them.

Crawford went to third on a wild pitch and Sanchez hit a sharp one-hopper that glanced off the glove of diving second baseman Justin Turner and into center field.

Turner slammed his hand on the ground in frustration.

"It's typical of two teams that know each other really well," Los Angeles starter Josh Beckett said. "Most games that we play against these guys are going to be tight. We just came up on the short end today."

Beckett allowed two hits over five scoreless innings in his second start of the season. He walked five and struck out four.

Uribe had three hits, including a home run and a double, and scored twice for the Dodgers. Yasiel Puig added two hits, including a triple.

Hunter Pence had four hits for the Giants, who have won three of four.

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