Anderson vexed by Giants' well-placed hits

Dodgers starter allows four runs over four innings in hard-luck loss

Anderson vexed by Giants' well-placed hits

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tuesday's start against the Giants was a frustrating one for Dodgers southpaw Brett Anderson.

Not only did he give up four earned runs on nine hits across four innings, but Anderson thought he was making his pitches. The Giants might not have mashed the ball against Anderson, but they were effective in the 6-2 win, sending the Dodgers to their first defeat in eight games.

"The only real legitimate run was the [Buster] Posey single," Anderson said after the hard-luck loss. "I still feel confident in my abilities. The defense couldn't have done any more than they did today, it was just some well-placed hits that you have to deal with and go on to next one."

A couple of infield singles hit toward first baseman Adrian Gonzalez resulted in three runs for the Giants. The first run of the game came when Brandon Crawford bunted home Justin Maxwell in the bottom of the second. Then the Giants extended their lead to 4-0 in the fourth when Nori Aoki chopped one toward Gonzalez, who tossed a bad throw to a running Anderson near the bag and two runs scored.

Aoki singles, two runs score

Crawford also hit a broken-bat double down the right-field line in the fourth inning before he came around to score.

"I'd almost rather have lasers hit all over the yard," Anderson said. "Because you make your pitch and you execute it and then you get them to mishit it or whatever, and then you give up hits. It's almost more frustrating."

Of his three start with the Dodgers, it was Anderson's shortest.

But at least Anderson kept his sense of humor when discussing the outing, saying he was proud of getting a walk at the plate after going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts his previous start. He was also happy to survive his headfirst dive to save the ball near the photographer's pit in the fourth inning, when he kept Aoki from getting extra bases.

"Baby steps as far those two things go," Anderson said. "If those two things are the most positive out of the start, obviously didn't go too well."

Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.