SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was surprisingly upbeat after his team's third straight one-run loss to the division-leading Giants.
Catcher A.J. Ellis was having none of it, no matter what the circumstances were.
Los Angeles scored three times in the eighth inning but left the tying and go-ahead runners on base in a 4-3 loss to San Francisco on Sunday night that extended the Dodgers' losing streak to five against the defending World Series champs.
"It is really hard to talk about moral victories after being swept," said Ellis, who had two hits and scored a run. "We kind of had our slow spell at the beginning of the year ... and now we have to spend the rest of the year playing the way we're supposed to play."
The Dodgers couldn't get out of AT&T Park fast enough. They were the only visiting NL team with a winning record at the Giants' waterfront ballpark before the series, but are now 60-60 since the stadium opened in 2000.
It didn't help that Mattingly had to scratch first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the lineup with a sore neck less than an hour before the first pitch. Los Angeles also was without injured second baseman Mark Ellis and shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who went on the disabled list Saturday.
Still, Mattingly sounded optimistic after seeing his team nearly come back from a 4-0 deficit before falling short.
"I'm really not disappointed in how we played," Mattingly said. "I feel better about our club walking out of here right now than I did walking in. We played them tough the whole series."
Just not tough enough.
Since beating San Francisco on opening day, Los Angeles has lost five straight to the Giants and is 5
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