The San Francisco Giants fired on all cylinders during a long winning streak, but several poor outings from their starting rotation has left them staring at a potential three-game skid. Following the worst of those starts, San Francisco tries to avoid a seventh loss in eight games at Miller Park on Monday when it opens a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Giants (25-20) enjoyed eight straight wins prior to Saturday’s 5-3 loss in Colorado.

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Justin Upton erupted Sunday, in a positive way for the San Diego Padres. Upton hit a grand slam and drove in six runs as the Padres broke loose, backing unbeaten James Shields in an 11-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. A day after being ejected for arguing balls and strikes, Upton tied his career high for RBIs.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed catcher Yasmani Grandal on the seven-day concussion disabled list Saturday and called up Austin Barnes from Triple-A Oklahoma City to serve as A.J. Ellis' backup.

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Mike Bolsinger is in an unbeatable groove, and the punchless San Diego Padres had no answer for him. Bolsinger retired his final 23 batters after giving up a leadoff single in the first inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Padres 2-0 Saturday night, sending the Padres to their sixth shutout loss in a span of 18 games. ”He kept them in between speeds all night long and executed pitches,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. How’s this for a pitching performance? Los Angeles Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger allowed a leadoff single to San Diego’s Yangervis Solarte in the first inning, and that was it for the evening. Bolsinger, who’s been thrust into action following injuries to Hyun-jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy, recovered to induce a ground ball double play from Cory Spangenberg and strike out Matt Kemp to end the first inning. From there, he retired the next 21 batters in succession until being lifted following the eighth inning. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth and continued the roll, setting down all three batters he faced to wrap up the 2-0 victory . Though not a perfect game, it’s pretty much the most efficient game a pitching staff can throw. The Dodgers faced the minimum 27 batters and needed exactly 100 pitches to go the distance. Bolsinger ended up with eight strikeouts over his eight innings while lowering his ERA to 0.71 over four starts. He’s currently on an 18 2/3 scoreless innings streak. Offensively, the Dodgers had all they needed one batter into the game. Joc Pederson, who hit the game-winning homer in Friday’s win, launched a leadoff blast on Saturday. Howie Kendrick also homered off Dan Haren. As for the Padres, it’s the eighth time their revamped offense has been shutout this season and the sixth time in their past 18 games. [ Woah, The Stew has a podcast now?! Yep, you should listen. ] ANTHONY RIZZO PLAYS HERO WITH HOME RUN, SIX RBIS After a difficult loss in 13 innings on Friday, the Chicago Cubs turned to the rock in the middle of their batting order for guidance on Saturday. Anthony Rizzo answered the call, driving in a career-high six runs in Chicago’s 9-6 win. Rizzo did all of his damage with two big swings. In the fifth, he cleared the bases with a ringing double off Rubby De La Rosa. He then provided the difference for the Cubs with a go-ahead three-run homer off Enrique Burgos in the ninth. The Cubs bailed out Jake Arrieta, who experienced a rare difficult start on Saturday. Arrieta allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits in six innings. They pulled even following his exit on Jorge Soler’s two-run double. Ediwn Jackson, James Russell, Jason Motte and Pedro Strop combined for three innings of hitless relief to secure the win. With the victory, Chicago gained another game on the St. Louis Cardinals, who lost 3-2 in a rain-shortened game in Kansas City. The Cubs sit 2 1/2 back headed into Sunday. MATT HARVEY ROUGHED UP IN PITTSBURGH Even baseball’s “Dark Knight” is due for a dark day every now and then. On Saturday, Matt Harvey experienced his against the Pittsburgh Pirates, allowing a season-high seven runs in a season-low four innings as the Mets fell 8-2 .  Harvey was done in by the long ball early, allowing a two-run homer to Andrew McCutchen in the first and a solo blast to Pedro Alvarez in the second. The Pirates continued pecking away in the fourth, sending eight batters to the plate and scoring four times. Opposing starter A.J. Burnett even contributed a sacrifice fly, which further cements this as an off day for Harvey. Speaking of Burnett, he was outstanding, allowing just one run on five hits through seven frames. He struck out a season-high 10 while lowering his ERA to an astonishing 1.37. Pittsburgh will go for the three-game series sweep on Sunday as they inch closer to .500 at 20-22. The Mets fell to 24-20, but remained a game and a half behind Washington. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] COLE HAMELS CRUISES AS STEPHEN STRASBURG STRUGGLES AGAIN It was a tale of two pitchers in Washington. Phillies ace Cole Hamels, who still figures to be traded prior to the July 31 trade deadline, was outstanding again. Meanwhile, Stephen Strasburg, who may need a change of scenary to get on track, continued to scuffle as the Phillies knocked him around in their 8-1 victory .  For Hamels, it was his fourth consecutive win in as many starts and his fifth in six outings. He pitched eight innings, allowing one run on five hits. The 31-year-old left-hander’s stock continues to rise as his ERA lowered under 3.00 for the first time all season. He’s at 2.98 with a home matchup against Colorado awaiting next weekend. For Strasburg, well, there’s not much good to say. He was tagged for six runs (five earned) in 3 2/3 innings. His defense didn’t help, committing four errors during his abbreviated outing, but he wasn’t fooling many batters on this afternoon. Strasburg has now failed to complete four innings in three of his last four outings. He hasn’t completed six since April 25 in Miami. Something’s definitely off, and it’s up to Strasburg and the Nationals to figure it out quickly. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Jace Peterson was much more decisive on his first-pitch swing in the 11th inning than trying to determine if that hit was the highlight of his rookie season. Peterson’s single to left field drove in Alberto Callaspo from third base, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in 11 innings on Saturday. Peterson hit the first pitch from Brandon Kintzler (0-1) toward the gap in left-center field.

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On Wednesday, we learned that Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu — the team’s No. 3 starter the past two seasons behind Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke — would be facing surgery on his ailing left shoulder and would likely miss the remainder of the 2015 . The news didn’t come as a total shock to the general public. Ryu had been dealing with shoulder issues dating back to spring training with little to no consistent improvement. However, as we learned from Ryu himself on Friday, it came as no surprise at all to the Dodgers, because former general manager Ned Colletti actually signed Ryu in late 2012 already knowing he had a torn labrum. That revelation sent shockwaves through Dodger Stadium that carried over into the social media realm throughout the Dodgers’ 2-1 victory over the Padres. As many have noted, Colletti’s willingness to sign Ryu for six years and $36 million, plus the $26 million posting fee, despite knowing the nature of his injury mirrors his decision to sign Jason Schmidt to a three-year deal worth $47 million guaranteed following the 2006 season. Of course, the Ryu signing has already proven more productive. In two seasons, the now 28-year-old left-hander has made 56 starts and won 28 games while posting a 3.17 ERA in 344 innings. Schmidt lasted just six starts in 2007 before undergoing shoulder surgery. He returned for four starts in 2009 but wasn’t the same pitcher. He walked away for good after just four starts, meaning he pitched only 41 total innings for Los Angeles in three seasons and won just three games. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Colletti, who was the man behind both signings, was not available for comment to the Los Angeles media. He remains with the Dodgers as a senior adviser to team president Andrew Friedman.  Speaking through an interpreter on Friday , Ryu made it clear that it was his decision to continue pitching even though he was rarely without pain. “I can’t really pick a certain date [when I pitched pain free], but there were certain times without pain,” Ryu said. The possibility of surgery never really weighed on Ryu’s mind, but the Dodgers had to know the likelihood was nearing with each start and each temporary setback he’d suffered. Now they’ll have to hope Ryu can make a full and effective recovery, which is never guaranteed when a pitcher’s shoulder is in question. With Brandon McCarthy, who signed a four-year, $42 million deal in the offseason, out until mid-2016 following Tommy John surgery, and Greinke likely heading into free agency this winter, the Dodgers might need Ryu more than ever come April.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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It took nearly a week, but the Los Angeles Dodgers managed to score again. Joc Pederson homered on an 0-2 pitch in the eighth inning and their anemic offense mustered just enough to beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 on Friday night. Pederson’s 11th home run – tops on the team – landed in the right-field pavilion off Joaquin Benoit (4-2) with one out.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The Miami Marlins weeks of turmoil and terrible baseball continued on Friday, this time with an 8-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. That makes eight straight losses for Miami, all of which have come on their current 10-game homestand which is set to end on Sunday. That moment probably can’t come soon enough for a Marlins team that desperately needs to get out of town and regroup. The former will definitely happen. It may honestly be too late for the latter to matter if it does happen. As for Friday, it started out promising as the Marlins tallied three early runs against Ubaldo Jimenez. But hope quickly faded when Baltimore scored two in the fifth and four more in the sixth, all against Henderson Alvarez. Adding insult to injury, immediately following the game Miami placed both Alvarez and another starter, Mat Latos, on the disabled list with injuries.   #marlins place Henderson Alvarez (right shoulder inflammation) & Mat Latos (left knee inflammation) on 15-day DL — clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) May 23, 2015 Of all Miami’s issues, the injuries in their rotation might be the most concerning. #Marlins DL now includes four starting pitchers … Jose Fernandez, Henderson Alvarez, Mat Latos and Jarred Cosart. — Jason Martinez (@mlbdepthcharts) May 23, 2015 On the plus side, Miami actually outhit Baltimore 14-11, including a milestone from Ichiro Suzuki, who passed Babe Ruth on the all-time hit list. However, they were burned by seven walks and an ill-timed error in the decisive fifth inning. They’ll now seek that elusive win on Saturday when they send veteran Dan Haren against O’s rookie Mike Wright. KING FELIX FIRST TO SEVEN WINS In the race to seven wins, Felix Hernandez left all of his competition behind on Friday night. The Seattle Mariners right-hander pitched eight innings of one-run ball, allowing only four hits in Seattle’s 4-3 triumph against the Toronto Blue Jays, to become the league’s first seven-game winner. After dropping his last decision to the Boston Red Sox on May 16, a game in which he allowed two homers and a season-high four walks, Hernandez bounced back, allowing just a solo home run to Edwin Encarnacion. Hernandez is 7-1 overall, but 7-0 in games when he’s pitched into the seventh inning or later. There was some anxiety in the ninth when Fernando Rodney served up a two-run homer to Chris Colabello, but he recovered to retire Kevin Pillar and Josh Donaldson. Earlier, Nelson Cruz hit his league-leading 17th homer in support of Hernandez, which proved to be the winner. Logan Morrison gave Seattle the lead with a two-run triple. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] PRINCE FIELDER, RANGERS ROUGH UP MICHAEL PINEDA With Masahiro Tanaka hurt, CC Sabathia struggling and no other real standout options available to lead their rotation, the New York Yankees were quite thrilled when Michael Pineda stepped up and started his season with an impressive string of outings. Unfortunately, in the wake of his 16-strikeout performance against the Baltimore Orioles on May 10, he’s taken two steps backward. After allowing five runs on 10 hits in a loss to the Royals last weekend, Pineda was bounced around again, this time by the Texas Rangers, allowing seven runs (four earned) in six innings. All of the damage actually came in the third inning and was set up by a pair of errors. Pineda’s own throwing error really set the wheels in motion, and then Didi Gregorius followed immediately with an error of his own leading to the Rangers first two runs. The big inning was capped by Prince Fielder’s three-run homer and Mitch Moreland’s solo shot. Fielder hit a solo homer later that proved important in the outcome. For his part, Gregorius at least partially made up for his blunder with his own three-run homer, but the Yankees had too big a hill to climb and not enough time to climb it. DODGERS END THREE-GAME DROUGHT, LOSING STREAK After being shut out completely during their three-game series in San Francisco earlier this week, the Los Angeles Dodgers scraped together just enough offense to upend the San Diego Padres, 2-1. The run scoring drought actually extended to 35 innings before Andre Ethier doubled home Justin Turner in the fifth inning. Behind Zack Greinke, that seemed destined to hold up, but San Diego broke through themselves on a Will Venable RBI single in the seventh.  From there, it came down to one swing, Joc Pederson’s mammoth solo home run in the eighth, as the Dodgers ended the accompanying three-game losing streak in dramatic fashion. The last Dodgers player to hit a home run before today was Jimmy Rollins on May 15. — J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) May 23, 2015 If you’re going to wait, might as well make the next one count. Pederson’s timing was perfect, and the Dodgers are on back on the winning track as they open up a six-game homestand.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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When the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers tangle, the baseball is usually a little bit different, a little more intense. They’re the biggest rivals on the West Coast and they manage to give even early-season games a September feel. What happened to the Dodgers this week was another type of different: They were swept by the Giants in three games and didn’t score a single run. Oof. The sweep concluded Thursday, with the Giants winning 4-0 in a battle of the aces — Madison Bumgarner vs. Clayton Kershaw. An example of how right things were going for the Giants and how wrong they were for the Dodgers: Bumgarner put the Giants on the board with a solo homer off Kershaw in the third inning. It was the first time another pitcher has ever homered off Kershaw. [ Woah, The Stew has a podcast now?! Yep, you should listen. ]

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