After his double no-decision duel with Kershaw last week in San Francisco, Bumgarner (2-1) allowed one run on five hits in eight innings with nine strikeouts and one walk. Going seven innings for the first time this year, Kershaw (1-2) allowed both runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. Both have 3.73 ERAs. Santiago Casilla earned his sixth save. The loss snapped the Dodgers' home win streak at eight.
"Madison pitched better than I did," said Kershaw. "This is just what you expect when you pitch against this division with so many great pitchers in it. Just can't give up as much as I did."
The only Dodgers run scored in the fourth inning on a fielder's choice grounder by Howie Kendrick after Jimmy Rollins singled and callup Kiké Hernandez doubled off the glove of Giants center fielder Angel Pagan. Hernandez, representing the tying run, was erased in a rundown trying to advance to third on Kendrick's grounder. Hernandez also singled and struck out twice in his Dodgers debut after arriving from Oklahoma City during batting practice.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Bumgarner bears down: Bumgarner thrived very simply, by stopping rallies before they started. Only three Dodgers reached scoring position against him. More >
Not like Kershaw: The fourth-inning home run by Posey was the fourth allowed by Kershaw this season in his fifth start. In 2014, Kershaw didn't allow his fourth home run until his eighth start and allowed only nine in 29 starts. More >
Joaquin Arias, Kershaw killer? The shortstop went 3-for-3, becoming the first Giant to get three hits in a game off Kershaw in 27 career starts.
Posey's productive: With the Giants needing every scrap of offense against the magnificent Kershaw, Posey came through with his first multiple-RBI effort since the season's second game. More >
"I was too tired to be nervous." -- Hernandez, on starting after flying in from Oklahoma City and arriving at Dodger Stadium during batting practice.
WHAT'S NEXT Giants: If there's anybody who relishes the Giants-Dodgers rivalry, it's Ryan Vogelsong, who'll start for San Francisco in Wednesday's 7:10 p.m. PT series finale. He signed as a free agent with the Giants before the 2011 season despite receiving a better offer from the Dodgers. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in his last six starts at Dodger Stadium, with the Giants winning five of those games.
Dodgers:Zack Greinke, the staff stopper, gets his first start of the year against the Giants on Wednesday. He's 5-0 with a 1.99 career ERA against San Francisco, 19-4 at Dodger Stadium since joining the club and 21-1 against the National League West since he's been in the division.