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Uribe's seven RBIs drive Dodgers' 10-2 win

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SAN FRANCISCO -- When Juan Uribe showed up at AT&T Park and noticed he was assigned the locker next to Yasiel Puig, the Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman presumed he would be dressing in cramped quarters among a flock of media after Friday night's game against the San Francisco Giants.

He was right, but for all the wrong reasons.

The reporters were there to talk to Uribe after he equaled a career best with seven RBIs on a double, triple and home run as the Dodgers bombed Matt Cain for eight runs in 2 1/3 innings en route to a 10-2 victory in the opener of a three-game series.

"Sure, you always remember games like this," the former Giants player said of his second career seven-RBI game, the first coming as a member of the Chicago White Sox in 2004. "I remember that one, too. I like games like this."

In winning for the 11th time in 13 games overall and a fourth consecutive time against the Giants, the Dodgers scored twice in the second inning and six times in the third in a one-sided victory that allowed them to move into a tie for second place with the Colorado Rockies in the National League West.

Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-3) benefited from the early explosion to win for the first time in four starts this season against San Francisco, which fell to 1-10 in its last 11 games. The Giants remained tied for last place with the San Diego Padres in the NL West.

Ryu pitched into the seventh inning, allowing two runs and four hits. He walked three and struck out three in his eighth consecutive quality start.

"He pitched well," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Ryu. "Those hits by Juan gave him a nice cushion."

Puig, the rookie sensation, contributed a double and a walk to the win, which was a costly one for Los Angeles. The Dodgers saw Matt Kemp leave the game in the third inning with what was called irritation to the AC joint in his left shoulder, the result of a swinging strike in the second inning.

Kemp got a cortisone shot at the ballpark and declared himself out of Saturday's middle game in the three-game series. He hopes to return Sunday.

"Very scary. I've never felt anything like that in my shoulder," Kemp reported. "I'm just glad it's not something real serious."

The Giants finished with eight hits against three Dodgers pitchers but scored two or fewer runs for the 11th time in their last 14 games.

In improving their record at AT&T Park to 61-60, best among all NL teams, the Dodgers finished with 13 hits, their fifth consecutive double-digit production. Six of the hits, including Uribe's double and triple, came off Cain (5-5).

Uribe had a two-run double in the second and three-run triple in the third. He later capped the Dodgers' second 10-run outburst in the past three games with a two-run homer, his fifth home run of the season, to left-center off Mike Kickham in the seventh.

Needing a single for the cycle, Uribe struck out leading off the ninth against Jake Dunning, the fourth Giants pitcher.

"I knew I had a chance," he said of the cycle. "I just tried for a base hit. I always try for a base hit."

A.J. Ellis (2-for-4), Uribe and Ryu (1-for-3), the bottom three hitters in the lineup, combined for six hits, nine RBIs and four runs scored, which Mattingly credited in part to five walks drawn by the top six guys in the order.

"That's what we talk about with the top of the order," Mattingly said. "Don't think you have to do it yourself. Take a walk and let somebody else do it."

Cain, a 2012 All-Star, allowed eight runs, six hits and four walks, getting only seven outs. It was the fourth time in 18 starts this season that he has been scorched for six or more runs in a game.

"He just got out of sync and then couldn't get back on track. It happens," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Tonight, he was off. There's not a lot you can do as a pitcher when you get out of sync like that."

NOTES: OF Andre Ethier went 1-for-2 against Cain and is now 29-for-65 (.446) against the Giants' Opening Day starter. The 29 hits are far and away the most for an opponent against Cain in his career. ... Cain had a 1.82 ERA in his previous five starts. ... The Dodgers activated LF Carl Crawford from the disabled list before the game and sent OF Scott Van Slyke to Triple-A Albuquerque. Crawford, who replaced Kemp in the third inning, hadn't played for the Dodgers since June 1. ... The Giants also made roster moves involving outfielders, promoting OF Cole Gillespie from Triple-A Fresno to replace OF Juan Perez, who went in the other direction. To make room for Gillespie on the 40-man roster, the Giants moved CF Angel Pagan to the 60-day disabled list. ... The National League All-Star team will be announced about 45 minutes before the scheduled start of Saturday's middle game in the three-game series. The Giants' Bochy will skipper the NL squad.
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