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MLB: Dodgers' Maeda suffers 1st loss as reliever, 8th of season

In this July 11, 2018 photo, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Kenta Maeda was tagged with his eighth loss on Tuesday and first since being reassigned to relief duty as the Los Angeles Dodgers fell 2-1 to the San Francisco Giants.

Maeda (7-8), coming on in relief for the first time since July 15, took the mound in a tied ninth at Dodger Stadium and yielded singles to his first two batters. He retired the next two but allowed a single from Alen Hanson that drove in the Giants' go-ahead run before throwing home to catcher Yasmani Grandal for the inning-ending tag at the plate.

In the bottom of the inning, Cody Bellinger singled and stole second before pinch-hitter Max Muncy took Maeda's turn at bat, but he struck out against Giants' closer Will Smith to end the game. Reliever Sam Dyson (3-2) got the win despite allowing the tying run in the eighth.

The 30-year-old Maeda was moved the Dodgers' bullpen Sunday to make room for lefty Ryu Hyun Jin, who is set to make his first start Wednesday after a two-month stint on the disabled list with a left groin strain.

At Petco Park, Shohei Ohtani drew a walk as a ninth-inning pinch hitter and stole his sixth base of the season, but was left stranded as the Los Angeles Angels earned a 7-3 win on the road against the San Diego Padres.

At Globe Life Park in Arlington, reliever Yoshihisa Hirano faced one batter and started a double play that closed out the eighth inning of the Arizona Diamondbacks' 6-4 win over the Texas Rangers for a fifth straight scoreless outing.

"In Japan, you practice that (double play) until you are sick of it, but there is something to be said about having a good feel for it," Hirano said.

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