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Rich Hill Returns, But Giants Deal Dodgers Another Loss, 2-1

Rich Hill returned from the disabled list, but the Giants dealt the Dodgers their third straight loss after a 2-1 defeat on Tuesday night at AT&T Park.

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    Rich Hill Returns, But Giants Deal Dodgers Another Loss, 2-1
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    Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 16, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

    This was the rivalry we're used to.

    Rich Hill returned from the disabled list, but the Giants dealt the Dodgers their third straight loss after a 2-1 defeat on Tuesday night at AT&T Park.

    Brandon Belt and Chris Taylor both homered, but an infield single and wild pitch turned out to be the difference in the game. 

    Hill was activated off the disabled list before the game after missing the last month with a blister on his left middle finger. The blister did not appear to be an issue, but Hill struggled from the start, hitting Denard Span in the back with a breaking ball and following that up with a balk in the first few minutes of the game.

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    Hill was able to wiggle out of that jam and many more throughout the game, as his only mistake came on an elevated curveball to Belt in the bottom of the fourth inning.

    "I felt good. The ball came out of my hand well," said Hill to reporters after the game. "Obviously one mistake to Brandon [Belt], a curveball that hung. Other than that, eveyrthing came out the way I wanted it to, the finger was good, so there's no issues there."

    Belt sent the pitch off of the hands of a fan in right-center for his eighth home run of the season. Hill did not factor in the decision, allowing one run on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts in five innings.

    Chris Taylor tied the game in the top of the sixth with a home run to dead center off Ty Blach. Taylor has reached base safely in 15 consecutive starts and is one of the Dodgers most consistent hitters this season.

    Blach (1-2) was brilliant for San Francisco, allowing one run on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in the victory.

    Belt led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a ground ball to second base, but Taylor was unable to make the throw from short right field to get him out. Belt advanced to second on a wild pitch from Luis Avilan, and scored on a single from Brandon Crawford one batter later. 

    "I didn't see it," said Roberts of the wild pitch that ultimately scored the winning run. 

    Belt scored both runs for San Francisco in the win as five of the nine games between the two teams this season have been decided by one run with two others going to extra innings.

    Dodgers have lost three in a row for the second time this season, the first time was April 16-18. Ironically, that streak was snapped by Clayton Kershaw, the man scheduled to start on Wednesday for Los Angeles.

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