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Reeling Giants shrink further in blowout loss to Dodgers

Matt Cain gave up eight runs in 75 pitches through 2 and 1/3 innings against the Dodgers. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Matt Cain gave up eight runs in 75 pitches through 2 and 1/3 innings against the Dodgers. (John Heffi/Getty Images)

Rock bottom?

Yes, being no-hit by Homer Bailey on Tuesday was bad. Losing 3-2 in 11 innings to the Reds on Wednesday — the last game of a disastrous 1-8 road trip — was excruciating. On Friday, though, the Giants reached a new low with their 10-2 loss to the surging Dodgers. It was San Francisco’s 10th loss in 11 games, and their seventh in eight games in which they failed to score more than two runs. The defending champs are now tied for last place with the Padres in the NL West, and they are in trouble.

Nothing can stop the team’s terrible slide—not even Dodger-killer Matt Cain, who entered Friday night’s game 5-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last 11 starts against the Dodgers, but was absolutely rocked for eight runs in 2 1/3 innings. Cain’s night came to an end with this bases clearing triple  from Juan Uribe, who drove in seven runs on the night and finished just a single shy of the cycle.

It’s been an up-and-down season for Cain, and he had his worst start of the season on Friday. Cain, Tim Lincecum, and Barry Zito have all been disappointments this year — but it’s the Giants’ offense that deserves much of the blame for the team’s struggles, and on Friday they managed just one extra base hit against Hyun-Jin Ryu and the L.A. bullpen.

It’s been a nightmare stretch for the Giants, who have now dropped four straight and 12 of 14. During their road swing that began on June 24 in Chavez Ravine (they were swept by the Dodgers), they were not only no-hit by Bailey, but also fell twice in heartbreaking walk-off defeats, lost Angel Pagan for the season, and slid to last in the division. Now they have to play two more big home games against one of the hottest teams in baseball — they face Stephen Fife on Saturday and Clayton Kershaw on Sunday. Then the Mets’ Matt Harvey comes to town on Monday.

It doesn’t get any easier for the reeling Giants.

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