- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Carlos Frias is learning on the job, and he gave the Los Angeles Dodgers another positive outing Tuesday night.

Frias limited San Francisco to one run and seven hits over six innings in his sixth career start, but Tim Hudson was just a little better and pitched the Giants to a 2-0 victory.

“Carlos was good tonight,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He did the job for us. He gave us a chance.”

Frias (3-1) walked two and struck out three in his 21st major league game. He’s given the Dodgers successive quality starts for the first time, but had nothing to show for it.

“He just keeps getting better,” catcher Yasmani Grandal said. “I’m excited to see what he’s got the next start. He gets excited and a little bit ahead of himself, but he learns from that.”

Frias retired the first two batters of the third inning before consecutive singles from Joe Panik, Angel Pagan and Buster Posey, who has an 11-game hitting streak, produced a run.

The right-hander limited the damage by striking out Hunter Pence with the bases loaded.

“Everything was good, everything was working,” Frias said. “I had control tonight. I’m feeling more comfortable with my changeup and I was able to get out of some jams. It’s all about trust. I have to trust my pitches.”

He also struck out Posey with two runners in scoring position in the first and stranded a pair of runners in the fourth.

“He can be all over the place and all of a sudden he’s throwing strikes,” Grandal said. “Sometimes he just seems to keep going and going and doesn’t understand when he needs to step back and think about what he’s doing.”

Frias also drew a walk in the second inning, reaching base safely for the first time in his career.

There seems to be no limit to how good he can become.

“I think I’m getting better each start,” he said. “I’m getting more confident on the mound.”

Pence, who missed the first 36 games of the season with a broken bone in his left hand, made a highlight-reel catch to rob Adrian Gonzalez of extra bases in the sixth.

“You never know about the wind, especially in that little Bermuda Triangle,” Pence said. “That part of the ballpark, the fence is weird, you’re running on the track and the wind is different every night. I keep my eyes on the ball and, fortunately, caught it.”

Alex Guerrero had two hits for the Dodgers, who have lost four of six overall and five of seven to the Giants.

Hudson (2-3) allowed five hits over 6 1-3 innings and snapped a four-game losing streak to Los Angeles.

Sergio Romo, the Giants’ fourth pitcher in the seventh, retired Howie Kendrick on a comebacker with the bases loaded to keep the shutout intact.

Romo got four outs and Santiago Casilla pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 12 chances.

The Giants’ second run scored in the eighth on a wild pitch by Chris Hatcher.


Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu will decide Wednesday whether to have surgery on his left shoulder, which has not responded to rest and treatment. He’s been out since spring training. He was to consult with Dodgers team doctors on Tuesday. … RHP Brandon Beachy is closer to returning from Tommy John surgery last year. He threw a bullpen session Monday and reported it was one of his better ones. “He’s making progress,” Mattingly said. “Mentally he’s moving forward. He’s getting closer and closer to games.”

Giants: RHPs Jake Peavy and Matt Cain threw bullpen sessions. Cain started throwing breaking balls. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the team will decide Wednesday on Peavy’s immediate future, though he indicated the possibility of a rehab start in San Jose.


Dodgers: LHP Brett Anderson (2-1, 3.50 ERA) pitches against the Giants on Wednesday. It will be his 100th career appearance (89th start) and sixth against the Giants. He’s 0-3 with a 6.10 ERA against them.

Giants: RHP Tim Lincecum (3-2, 2.43) makes his third start against the Dodgers this season. He’s 10-8 with a 3.45 ERA in 28 games against them.

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