LOS ANGELES -- Juan Uribe's offensive production carried the Giants in last season's second half. He's proving essential now, too.
Uribe's seventh-inning homer accounted for the Giants' scoring Sunday as they fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-1. Though it was Uribe's first homer of the season, he leads the team with 10 RBIs. He also owns a .380 on-base percentage and a .326 batting average, all while batting sixth through eighth -- lending depth to the Giants' batting order.
Uribe has hit safely in 10 of 12 games, though sometimes he needs a while to warm up. He's batting .375 (6-for-16) in the seventh inning or later. Such was the case against Kershaw, who coaxed a fly ball in the second inning and struck him out in the fourth.
Then Kershaw dangled a 3-2 changeup for Uribe in the seventh.
"The two at-bats before, I didn't feel comfortable," Uribe said.