Los Angeles scored its most runs since July 20 on Friday night, but still dropped a 6-5 road contest to the Giants and fell 4.5 games back of today’s opponent in the Wild Card race.  “I thought we showed a lot of fight and if we keep playing like this, then things will eventually go our way,” catcher Russell Martin stated.  The Dodgers are averaging just 3.3 runs and hitting for a combined .239 average during the day, which has led to a 13-14 mark under the sun (-290).  The numbers don’t improve against left-handed starters, as the team is 14-18 on the year (-930) and the total is 17-15 O/U in those contests.  Los Angeles is still 26-14 at AT&T Park in their last 40 games dating back to the 2006 season and boast a 25-11 divisional record on the year (+1,420).  The club is 7-9 when playing on Saturdays in 2010 (-320) and 40-30 on this day the last three seasons (+670).

Dodgers starting pitcher Chad Billingsley is 9-5 with a 4.00 ERA in 19 starts this season and is looking to win his third straight game.  In his last two outings, he has tossed 15 shutout innings and allowed just eight hits while striking out seven.  The right-hander is 5-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 10 road starts, giving up just three home runs in 54.1 frames.  He will be making just his fifth daytime start this year, posting a 2-1 record and dominating 1.09 ERA, managing to strike out 26 batters and walk just eight.  In 17 career games (12 starts) versus the Giants, Billingsley is 5-2 with a 3.22 ERA, including a 2-1 mark and 3.12 ERA at AT&T Park.

San Francisco has won 18 of its last 23 contests and 19 of their last 25 games overall.  Entering today’s contest, the club is the third-hottest team in the Majors since July 3, posting a 19-6 mark over that span.  The Giants also improved to 9-0 when wearing their home orange jerseys.  “We haven’t played very well in our division or against the Dodgers,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.  The club is 16-21 against the NL West this season (-800) and the total stands at 15-21 O/U in those contests.  San Francisco has compiled a 44-32 record against right-handed starters in 2010 (+860) and is 164-144 over the last three years in this spot (+2,670).  San Francisco has managed to average 4.1 runs and hit for a combined .253 average during the day, leading to a 19-18 mark under the sun (-200).

Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito is 8-6 with a 3.49 ERA in 21 starts this season and has lost his last two outings.  In those games, he has allowed five runs and 14 hits over 13.2 innings of work, while giving up three home runs.  The veteran left-hander is 6-2 with a 2.65 ERA in 11 home starts this season, giving up just 58 hits in 74.2 frames.  He will be making just his fifth daytime start, going 1-0 wit ha 3.20 ERA.  In 16 lifetime starts against the Dodgers, Zito’s record stands at an even 6-6 with a 4.01 ERA.  He didn’t pick up a decision in his last start against them on June 28 at AT&T Park, giving up two runs and scattering six hits over six innings in a 4-2 loss.

Bettors will find that the Dodgers are 0-6 in their last six games as a road underdog, but it’s important to spotlight the team’s 8-3 record on the road with a money line of -100 to -125.  Despite their struggles this year within the division, San Francisco has won its last five games against NL West opponents.