SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants pinned their hopes on Jake Peavy to provide new life to a beat-up rotation and a lineup searching for a lift.
It was a disappointing debut for the right-hander a day after being traded by the Boston Red Sox, and he dropped his 10th straight decision in a 4-3 defeat to the Dodgers that sent the rivals back to Los Angeles with a sweep and the NL West lead.
Still searching for runs, the Giants were outscored 17-4 and lost for the 19th time in their last 25 home games. They have lost four straight overall.
“It’s going to be important to put it behind us,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We have to regroup.”
Carl Crawford hit an RBI triple to back Hyun-Jin Ryu’s third straight victory as the Dodgers grabbed momentum in the division as August approaches.
Ryu (12-5) moved within two wins of his rookie total last year and improved to 4-1 in five outings at AT&T Park, where in one dominant weekend the Dodgers made quite a statement to take over the NL West’s top spot.
“You make enough of a statement by winning three games,” manager Don Mattingly said. “Obviously it’s something. That’s all it is at that point because you have a lot of baseball to play. We’re going to see these guys again. They’re not going anywhere.”
Peavy threw a pair of wild pitches in the fifth as the Dodgers went ahead on Hanley Ramirez’s RBI single ahead of Crawford’s triple to the corner in deep right field.
“I was comfortable tonight. I’ve played against the Dodgers quite a few times and I’ve played in this ballpark,” Peavy said. “It was fun being on the right side. I just hate the way it turned out. I think I can get much better. I expect to get much better.”
Again, Peavy suffered from a lack of run support, getting three or fewer runs of support for the 11th straight outing.