This wasn't exactly how they drew it up.
Brandon McCarthy returned from the disabled list, but the Los Angeles Dodgers were blown out by the San Francisco Giants, 8-4, on Monday night at AT&T Park.
McCarthy was activated off the 10-day DL before the game, but was bitten by some bad luck as soft contact from San Francisco turned into a four-run deficit for the Dodgers.
McCarthy (3-1), lost for the first time this season, allowing six runs on eight hits with one walk and five strikeouts in 5 and 2/3 innings.
"Not a lot of loud contact, but quality aiming I guess," McCarthy told the media of his outing. "I just kept trying to make pitches and couldn't make headway. It wasn't really working."
Entering the game, McCarthy was the most consistent starter on the staff, with a 3.10 ERA and a WHIP of 1.21.
The Dodgers struck first following a two-out single by Corey Seager and an RBI double for Yasmani Grandal in the third inning, but it was all downhill from there.
The Giants ran off eight unanswered runs, including a four-run fourth inning off McCarthy in which the proverbial wheels fell off for the Dodgers.
McCarthy allowed four straight hits to start the inning, and by the time the dust settled, the Dodgers were down 5-1.
"Early on he was sharp. That fourth inning got away from him," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts. "If you look at that inning, only a couple balls were hit hard, but that fourth inning obviously proved to be the difference."
Matt Cain (3-1) continued to crush the hearts of Dodger fans, including the thousands who made the trip from Los Angeles and parked themselves in the bleachers of AT&T Park.
In Cain's two starts against the Dodgers, totaling 12 and 2/3 innings, the veteran right-hander has allowed just one run.
"He did a lot of what he did against us the first time he faced us," said Roberts. "We hit a lot of balls hard, but didn't have anything to show for it. I can't explain it, he went out there and competed."
On Monday, Cain made 112 pitches, the most he's thrown in three years, as he scattered just five hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
Cody Bellinger returned to the spot he made his MLB debut just 20 days ago, but struggled, finishing 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on the night.
The Dodgers mounted a mini-rally in the top of the ninth as they scored three runs of the Giants' bullpen, but Joc Pederson struck out with a runner on second to end the game.
San Francisco has the third-worst record in the National League, but have won four consecutive games and 5-of-8 against the Dodgers this season.
It was the first time L.A. has lost back-to-back games since April 21-22 against Arizona.
The Dodgers are expected to activate Rich Hill from the disabled list on Tuesday as he starts opposite LHP Ty Blach at 7:15PM PST.