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SF@CHC: Bumgarner throws six solid frames, fans six

As they say, home is where the heart is, and for the San Francisco Giants, Thursday's game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium will mark the end of a stretch in which San Francisco will have played 28 of its first 43 games on the road.

Players and coaches alike are eager to get back to the Bay Area.

"It's been a goofy schedule," said manager Bruce Bochy.

Thursday starter Madison Bumgarner has had five of his eight starts on the road and is still winless with an 0-6 record.

Yet don't let that fool you. In his six losses, the Giants have scored only seven runs, four of which came in his last start against the Chicago Cubs last Friday. In three of his losses, San Francisco has scored just one run, and in the other two, the team has scored none.

In his last start against the Cubs, Bumgarner threw six innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while walking two and striking out six for the loss.

Making quality starts in each of his last four outings, the lefty has cut his ERA nearly in half from 7.79 to 4.25.

Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley has also been on the receiving end of some bad luck. In his last start, the righty gave up just one hit to the Arizona Diamondbacks, yet still lost.

Also plagued by a lack of run support, Billingsley is 2-3 on the season with a 3.36 ERA, while receiving only six runs of support from the Dodgers in his three losses.

Along with a lack of run support, Los Angeles has also had many close games, with 21 of the 44 games the Dodgers have played having been decided by two runs or less. In those games, they are 12-9.

"Seems like we have close games every night. I'm getting used to them," first-year Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "I'm more anxious in games with a five- or six-run lead because I don't want to let the momentum turn. Close games, you're just paying attention to the game."

Giants: DeRosa leaves game with wrist injury
Giants third baseman Mark DeRosa left Wednesday night's game against the Dodgers in the fourth inning with a strained left wrist and appears headed back to the disabled list.

De Rosa has already undergone left wrist surgery twice since October 2009 and was sidelined with inflammation in the wrist during late April. He was playing in his seventh game Wednesday since being reinstated from the DL last Tuesday.

• After experiencing swelling in his left knee in Tuesday's game against Colorado, Freddy Sanchez was back in the lineup for Wednesday's series opener against the Dodgers.

"Something probably irritated it," Sanchez said before the game, in which he went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. "But today it's much better. I don't think it's going to be an issue at all."

Dodgers: Blake to begin rehab Friday
Expecting to begin a Minor League rehab assignment Friday at Triple-A Albuquerque, third baseman Casey Blake will join shortstop Rafael Furcal, who started his rehab assignment last weekend.

Blake began taking batting practice earlier in the week and has full range of motion in his elbow after undergoing surgery for a staph infection in his left elbow three weeks ago.

• Reliever Matt Guerrier donated $25,000 Wednesday to benefit the Salvation Army's tornado relief fund.

"This tragedy hit close to home and so many people lost so much," said Guerrier, who makes his home in Birmingham, Ala. "I'm just trying to do what I can to help out where it's needed."

Worth noting
• Rod Barajas, who had two hits in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to the Giants, ranks second on the Dodgers with seven home runs and has 12 homers in 61 games with the Dodgers.

• Wednesday marked Matt Kemp's 249th consecutive game, which is the longest current streak in the Major Leagues.

• With a three-run home run in the ninth inning of Wednesday's game, Cody Ross is now batting .344 (11-for-32) with two doubles, three home runs and nine RBIs in his last 12 games. Comments