"Two different games," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "They punched back. We got knocked out early."
Mimicking San Francisco's efforts 24 hours earlier, the Dodgers scored four runs in the first inning off Giants starter Tim Hudson. They added four more runs in the second inning off Hudson and Tim Lincecum. In fact, the Giants didn't hold Los Angeles scoreless until the fifth inning and were scored upon in six of the first seven innings.
The rout reached historic proportions, as the Dodgers set an AT&T Park record for runs by an opponent, eclipsing the Marlins' mark of 16 established on July 23, 2005. Los Angeles' total of 24 hits was the highest amassed by any team, home or visitor, in the ballpark's 15-year history. The Giants' margin of defeat was their largest against the Dodgers since the franchises moved West in 1958, exceeding the previous worst by one run.
"With that score, you're glad it's only one loss," Bochy said.
Each Dodgers starter hit safely and scored at least once as Los Angeles established season highs for runs and hits. Moreover, everyone in the lineup drove in at least one run except for Yasiel Puig, who amassed three hits and three runs.
Having outscored opponents 67-14 while winning their 10 previous games at AT&T Park, the Giants sustained neither their streak nor their offense against Zack Greinke (15-8). The right-hander earned the distinction of shackling Hunter Pence, ending his 29-game streak of reaching base safely. Greinke cruised through six innings, allowing four hits, walking none and striking out five. He also produced at the plate, lining a double in the fourth inning and a two-run homer in the sixth.
The Giants did generate one feel-good story: the Major League debut of right-hander Brett Bochy, the manager's younger son who worked 1 1/3 innings as San Francisco's third reliever of the evening. Brett Bochy worked an eventful seventh inning, fanning Puig for his first strikeout before Scott Van Slyke clobbered the next pitch for a homer.
Bochy, 27, called the experience "awesome." Asked who felt more nervous, Bruce Bochy said, "I'm sure I was." He added, "It was a very, very proud moment for me."
Hudson (9-11) endured the indignity of lasting just one inning (as well as two batters into the second inning), the briefest outing among his 455 career regular-season starts. He yielded eight hits and was charged with six runs.
The 39-year-old denied feeling fatigued and credited the Dodgers' skilled hitting.
"I thought I did get some pitches that were in a pretty good location," Hudson said. "They got on a little roll in the first inning and it was challenging for me to get that third out."
Making only his third appearance since being reassigned to the bullpen Aug. 25, Lincecum surrendered five runs and seven hits in three innings. Left-hander Mike Kickham fared no better, allowing four runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings.
If such a lopsided affair could be said to include a crucial juncture, the first inning was it. Puig began the Dodgers' uprising by hustling out a double on a hit that center fielder Angel Pagan appeared to play routinely. Pagan also hesitated before chasing a ball struck by A.J. Ellis that fell for a run-scoring single.
Pagan atoned in the Giants' half of the inning with a leadoff double. At that point, the Giants needed baserunners, not runs. However, Pagan was beckoned home by third-base coach Tim Flannery on Buster Posey's single and was thrown out by Matt Kemp. The Dodgers right fielder found the play so unchallenging that he found the opportunity to blow a gum bubble while releasing his throw.
"I don't know if that changed the game," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "But it kind of kicked the momentum back to us."