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A banged-up Los Angeles Dodgers offense has struggled to score runs recently.

The pitching was even worse Saturday in a historic loss to the San Francisco Giants.

They'll look to Edinson Volquez - who has looked improved since joining the club - to try to salvage a series split at home on Sunday.

Hunter Pence was at the forefront of a 22-hit onslaught in the Giants' 19-3 victory on Saturday - the most runs ever allowed by Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium.

"This was one of those games. We've probably had four or five of them all year," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "I think it's probably a lot easier to write one of these off than it is to blow a two-run lead in the ninth, a game you really should have won. We really didn't have a chance to win this game."

Pence was 3 for 5 with a grand slam and a career-high seven RBIs, while Brandon Belt also registered career highs with five hits and six runs driven in. Pence is batting .431 over his last 14 games with seven homers - including three over his last three contests - and 22 RBIs.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers' (86-62) magic number remained at four with Arizona's 9-2 victory over Colorado. They were without Andre Ethier and Hanley Ramirez - in addition to Matt Kemp's continued absence - and have scored nine runs over their last four games. While they're batting a solid .254 in those contests, they've also stranded 34 runners are 3 for 28 with runners in scoring position.

Ethier left Friday's game and is likely to miss a couple contests as he deals with shin splints, according to the team's official website, while Ramirez will miss at least Sunday's game due to an irritated nerve in his back. Kemp, who is trying to come back from a sprained ankle, is set to be evaluated by the team on Monday.

Volquez (9-11, 5.99 ERA) struggled mightily in 27 starts for San Diego earlier this year, going 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA. After being picked up as a free agent on Aug. 30, he was solid in his second start for Los Angeles, giving up three runs and four hits over six innings of a 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

He's walked one batter in 10 innings with the Dodgers after averaging 4.36 walks per nine innings with the Padres.

"Tonight everything was great," he told the team's official website. "Finally I brought everything I was doing in the bullpen with the pitching coach into the game and was consistent in the strike zone. I'm more confident now. My fastball command was better."

The Giants (68-81) will counter with Ryan Vogelsong (3-5, 5.82), who gave up a season-high seven runs and nine hits over 4 2-3 innings of a 10-9 win over the Dodgers on May 4.

Vogelsong has allowed 12 runs and seven walks in his last three starts, spanning 15 2-3 innings.

Pence is just 5 for 31 off Volquez with 15 strikeouts.

Despite being 18 1/2 games behind Los Angeles, San Francisco owns an 8-7 edge in the season series. After Sunday, the teams will meet three more times at AT&T Park from Sept. 24-26.

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Probable Starters

Ryan Vogelsong, RHP
2013 stats
86.2 Innings Pitched 153.1
3-5 Wins-Losses 9-11
5.82 Earned Run Average 5.99
33 Walks 70
61 Strikeouts 125
93 Pitches Per Start 94
Career vs. opponent
72.1 Innings Pitched 46.0
4-3 Wins-Losses 2-2
3.86 Earned Run Average 6.07

Edinson Volquez, RHP
Weather
weather image  Sunny. Warm.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
88°F64°F8mph/SW38%3%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
San Francisco2nd NL West5746.5531 ½ 8-2 W 1
Los Angeles1st NL West5945.567-6-4 W 3
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Edinson Volquez
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Perez220001.000
Posey85011.625
Sandoval116001.545
Sanchez42000.500
Belt126103.500
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Ryan Vogelsong
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Punto110101.000
Federowicz21001.500
Hairston63000.500
Uribe94001.444
Schumaker52001.400
 

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San Francisco
PlayerInjury
T. HudsonShoulder
T. LincecumForearm
J. PanikBack
M. ScutaroBack
A. SusacThumb
Los Angeles
PlayerInjury
B. ArroyoElbow
A. EllisKnee
C. FriasBack
C. HatcherOblique
B. McCarthyElbow
H. RyuShoulder
J. TurnerLeg
 
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Jul 31LADLAD 5-3Greinke Santiago 
Aug 1LADLAD 3-1Kershaw Heaney 
Aug 2LAD 4:10 PM EDT  
Sep 7LAA 9:05 PM EDT  
Sep 8LAA10:05 PM EDT  
Sep 9LAA10:05 PM EDT