Machado RBI too little, too late in loss to Giants

Puig gets ejected after 7th-inning fracas

August 15th, 2018

LOS ANGELES -- A benches-clearing incident in the seventh inning ramped up the intensity on Tuesday and the Dodgers and Giants took it from there.

After the Dodgers' Manny Machado delivered an RBI single in the eighth inning to tie the game, drove in the go-ahead run to give the Giants a 2-1 victory. The third-place Dodgers have lost five in a row and sit two games behind the D-backs and a game behind the Rockies in the National League West.

Machado's RBI was his first in August and first since hitting a home run on July 30 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Afterward, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts focused on the positives in a spirited affair that he felt could have easily gone his team's way.

"Tonight was something where we lost a game late and we are on a little bit of a skid, but I just think that for me, we played 27 outs, we competed, we squared balls up all night long and didn't get anything to show for it," Roberts said.

Much of that energy showed up after a confrontation between and Nick Hundley.

Players flooded the field when a melee broke out in the seventh with Puig at the plate. After Puig fouled off a pitch from Tony Watson and slammed the barrel of his bat, he appeared to get into a heated discussion with the Giants catcher, Hundley.

Words turned to shoves, with Puig taking a swipe at Hundley's catcher's mask at one point. Both Puig and Hundley were ejected.

"I didn't like that he was telling me what to do and then he said some words to me in English that I really can't repeat," Puig said through an interpreter. "That's why I was upset."

Alex Wood was more than good enough in his return to the rotation, it was a lack of run production that did in the Dodgers.

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Wood gave up just one run over five innings in his first start since landing on the disabled list with left adductor tendinitis.

(7-8) took the loss in his first outing since being moved to the bullpen.

"It's tough trying to embrace a role that is different from what I'm used to do, but the biggest thing, I think, is that we lost and that's something that I definitely regret," Maeda said through an interpreter.

Giants rookie starter gave up just two hits over six scoreless innings, leaving the Dodgers winless since Thursday at Colorado. The Dodgers have not won a series since they were in Atlanta at the end of July.

had three doubles, including two against Suarez, but no other Dodgers batter had a hit against Suarez, who had given up a combined 11 earned runs in consecutive defeats heading into Tuesday's outing.

While the Dodgers' bullpen has been reeling, the offense has been inconsistent since breaking free for a Dodger Stadium record 21 runs in a victory over the Brewers on Aug. 2.

When they lost three consecutive games at Colorado over the weekend, the Dodgers scored 10 runs. On their previous visit to Denver, the Dodgers scored in double digits in all three games against the Rockies.

Even before the on-field incident, though, Roberts felt as if his team's focus was right where it needed to be.

"I think people talk about that, but it won't change the way we play," Roberts said. "Guys were competing and they were preparing. Sometimes it does correlate to something of a winning streak, but it's not as simple as that. You still have to go out there and play the games."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

was supposed to be the starter that was available to pitch out of the bullpen Tuesday, but it ended up being Maeda. Roberts had originally said that Maeda would not pitch in relief until Wednesday. Stripling was out of action with lower back stiffness. The Dodgers will further assess the severity of Stripling's injury Wednesday.

"I would say [Wednesday] is still iffy [to pitch] but I wouldn't say it is anything long term," Stripling said. "I got checked out and they didn't think it was [a disk injury] or anything like that. But at the same time, pitching is something that can [anger] your back so you're better safe than sorry for a couple of days."

SOUND SMART

Turner tied a career high with three doubles, last doing it April 19, 2015, against the Colorado Rockies. was the only other Dodgers hitter with three doubles in a game this year, doing it on April 28. Turner not only extended his hitting streak to nine games, Tuesday was his second consecutive multi-hit game.

HE SAID IT

"Just looking back during the [2017] postseason, I did well, but during the regular season as a reliever, I was not that good. So I think it's a matter of getting used to this role in a regular-season setting." -- Maeda, on trying to live up to his 2017 relief success in his return to the bullpen.

UP NEXT

Left-hander (3-0, 2.12 ERA) is scheduled to come off the disabled list Wednesday to face the Giants in the series finale. He was out with a left groin strain and last pitched May 2 against the Diamondbacks. He will face off against Giants left-hander .