Dodgers rough up Logan Webb as SF Giants drop third in a row


LOS ANGELES — With a pitching staff depleted by injuries, a roster spot taken up by a starter who won’t pitch until the fourth series of the season and a bullpen that has been the worst in the majors through the early part of the season, the Giants needed nothing more Tuesday night than innings out of their starting pitcher.

There was perhaps no better candidate to have on the mound than Logan Webb, their ace who recorded more outs than any other pitcher in the game last season. Since ascending to the top of the Giants’ rotation, Webb had taken the ball 36 times and made it through at least five frames in all but three of those starts.

Make that four.

Manager Bob Melvin emerged from the first-base dugout with an out to go in the fourth inning. He outstretched his right arm, signaling to the bullpen. Webb’s final four pitches were four uncompetitive balls to Shohei Ohtani, the ninth batter to reach base of the 20 Dodgers to come to the plate against the Giants’ ace.

Webb’s night was over after 3⅔ innings, seven hits, five runs, two walks and a homer. He departed with the Giants in a 5-2 hole from which they never recovered in a 5-4 loss, dropping their third game in a row and their second straight to their archrivals.

After splitting their four-game series to open the season in San Diego, the Giants cannot return home better than a game below .500.

Against an amalgam of bullpen arms, the Giants didn’t go quietly.

Wilmer Flores and Matt Chapman each doubled and scored to give the Giants their first two runs, and Jorge Soler connected for his first home run in orange and black. Ryan Yarbrough tried to sneak a 2-1 curveball in for a strike, and Soler punished it 384 feet to left center for a solo shot that started a two-run sixth.

The rally was snuffed out when Max Muncy — a Giant killer on both sides of the ball — snared a would-be single from Thairo Estrada for the first out, and Austin Slater’s pinch-hit fly ball off Alex Vesia found the glove of Kiké Hernandez on the warning track, just missing what would have been a go-ahead home run.

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