The Dodgers seek their 10th straight win at San Francisco on Saturday afternoon when the NL West rivals continue a three-game series.
Los Angeles (50-40) has won all four games this season at San Francisco, outscoring the Giants 25-7.
The Dodgers’ nine straight wins at AT&T Park is their longest run at any road ballpark since they won 13 in a row at Candlestick Park in 1976-77. The visiting team has won all seven meetings between the teams this year.
Barry Bonds went 0-for-2 with two walks, his 93rd and 94th of the season. He remained stuck at 751 home runs, four shy of tying Hank Aaron’s hallowed record.
Bonds was expected to play all three games in this series, but manager Bruce Bochy said he would check with his slugger on Saturday morning before writing his lineup.
“I’ll check on him tomorrow,” Bochy said. “It’s a close ballgame (tonight). You can’t take him out there. The last inning got out of hand.”
Martin has four multi-hit games in his last seven contests, Loney is 8-for-14 in his past three games and Ethier has six RBIs in his last two.
Runs continue to hard to come by for the Giants (38-49), who needed an unearned run in the eighth inning to avoid being shut out in back-to-back games.
San Francisco is 15th in the NL in runs scored with 366, better than only Washington (340).
Brad Penny was originally scheduled to start for the Dodgers, but he pitched an inning in the All-Star Game despite a finger blister so the team decided to push him back to Monday and start Derek Lowe (8-8, 3.12 ERA) in his place.
Lowe struggled in his final outing before the break, allowing five runs and 10 hits over 6 1-3 innings in a 7-2 loss to Florida. He had surrendered only eight runs in his previous five starts, spanning 34 1-3 innings.
The right-hander is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in two starts this season against the Giants.
Lowe has had no trouble with Bonds, holding him hitless in eight at-bats with two walks. Bengie Molina, however, has hit Lowe well, going 6-for-11 (.545) off the right-hander.
San Francisco’s Matt Morris (7-5, 3.55) also wasn’t sharp in his final start of the first half, giving up six runs and seven hits through six innings in a 6-3 loss at Cincinnati on July 5. The right-hander has been very hittable lately, allowing 30 hits in his last three starts over 18 2-3 innings. He is 0-2 with a 7.57 ERA in his past four outings.
Morris gave up three runs in 7 1-3 innings of a 3-0 victory at Dodger Stadium on April 24. He is 4-5 with a 5.04 ERA in 12 career starts against them.
Nomar Garciaparra is batting .440 (11-for-25) with one home run against Morris.