LOS ANGELES — The term San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy uses to describe his team's recent state of affairs is "buzzard's luck." It stems from the rash of injuries the Giants have encountered to everything happening to them between the foul lines.
The defending World Series champions wasted another superb outing from Madison Bumgarner, who pitched into the eighth inning but made two ill-fated pitches to Los Angeles Dodgers rookie phenom Yasiel Puig that made the difference in a 3-1 loss Monday night.
Puig drove a 1-1 pitch the other way into the lower seats in the right-field corner with one out in the first for his seventh homer in 20 big league games. It ended Bumgarner's 16-inning scoreless streak against the Dodgers, and was their only hit until Puig's two-out single in the sixth.
In the eighth, Puig delivered a tiebreaking single during a two-run rally.
"I feel like every pitch I made to Puig, I threw where I wanted to and just mixed it up on him," Bumgarner said. "He got me the first at-bat and I didn't expect him to do that. He's obviously good, or else he wouldn't be doing what he's doing. It's going to take everybody a couple of times facing him to see what he's trying to do. I think it's pretty clear what he's trying to do, but it's just a matter of seeing him a few more times."
Bumgarner (7-5) was charged with three runs – two earned – and five hits in seven-plus innings with five strikeouts in his 100th big league start. The 23-year-old left-hander engaged in another tense duel with Hyun-Jin Ryu in a rematch of their April 2 meeting, when Bumgarner spoiled the Korean-born lefty's major league debut with eight innings of two-hit ball and retired 18 consecutive batters during a 3-0 win at Dodger Stadium.
Nick Punto, who replaced third baseman Juan Uribe in a double switch, led off the eighth with an opposite-field double down the right-field line. Mark Ellis sacrificed Punto to third and reached safely when Bumgarner threw high to first for an error.
Puig greeted George Kontos with a line-drive single to left that scored Punto.
"He's a good player and he's swinging the bat well," Bochy said. "He's strong and he's a talented kid who can run, throw, hit, hit with power the other way, and he got a couple of big hits against us."
Hanley Ramirez drove in the final run two batters later on a liner toward the middle that shortstop Brandon Crawford knocked down with a lunging attempt before getting the out at first.
Kontos was recalled from Triple-A Fresno before the game, while Jean Machi was sent back to the Giants' Pacific Coast League club. Kontos was optioned to the minors on June 11, the day he received a three-game suspension for throwing at Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen. But since he is appealing the penalty, Kontos is eligible to play until his case is heard by Major League Baseball.
The Giants began a 10-game road trip with a familiar face back in the lineup: Pablo Sandoval was reinstated from the disabled list Monday after missing 14 games because of a left foot strain. He went 2 for 4.
San Francisco tied it in the second inning with an RBI double inside third base by Andres Torres that scored Joaquin Arias from first base – but Arias strained his left hamstring on the play and came out of the game.
"We think it's mild, but we'll re-evaluate it tomorrow," Bochy said. "I don't think he hurt it too bad, but we'll have to wait and see how he's feeling tomorrow."
Crawford, who replaced Arias at shortstop, flied out with the bases loaded to end the third after Ryu got a visit from pitching coach Rick Honeycutt.
The Giants had the bases loaded again in the fifth, but only because Buster Posey slipped and fell rounding third base on a one-out single by Sandoval before scampering back to the bag. Crawford followed with a comebacker to Ryu, who calmly threw to the plate to begin an inning-ending double play.
"It's buzzard's luck, in a game like this," said Bochy, whose team is 6 for 38 with runners in scoring position over the last five games. "It seems like these things happen when you're in a streak like we're in. When you're in a rut, what can go wrong goes wrong. And when you're in a winning streak, it's just the opposite. Tonight it was definitely bad luck, how the game went. Joaquin would have been up there with the bases loaded twice, but he pulls a hamstring. We need somebody to come through for us."
Paco Rodriguez (2-2) got two outs and Kenley Jansen worked the ninth for his fifth save.
The Dodgers' third straight victory tied their longest winning streak this season, which came back in early April. This was their ninth attempt at matching it.
"We've been trying to get over this three-game hump for a while, so it was important for us to break through today," catcher A.J. Ellis said. "We just want to carry the momentum into tomorrow."
Ryu allowed a run, eight hits and four walks in 6 2-3 innings. He was lifted by manager Don Mattingly after Posey reached second on a fly to right field that Puig was just about to catch when his backside made contact with the auxiliary scoreboard and the ball fell behind him. The play was originally ruled an error, then changed to a double by official scorer Don Hartack.
Ronald Belisario then came on and struck out Hunter Pence.
NOTES: San Francisco is 15-22 since completing a three-game sweep of the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves on May 12, and Los Angeles is 18-21 during that same stretch. But the Dodgers trail the second-place Giants by 4 1/2 games and first-place Arizona by eight in the NL West. ... Puig was 3 for 4 in his first game against the rival Giants. ... Pence was 2 for 2 with a walk against Ryu, and has six hits in eight at-bats against the lefty overall.