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Giants vs. Dodgers lineups: Tyler Beede makes first start against LA

Giants vs. Dodgers lineups: Tyler Beede makes first start against LA

The Giants have won four of five since the last time they faced the Dodgers, and they'll look to continue their recent strong play when they open up a four-game series with their longtime rivals in Los Angeles on Monday night.

San Francisco saw its four-game winning streak come to an end with a 5-3 loss to the Brewers on Sunday, finishing just short of a second consecutive series sweep. While the Giants are still well outside the playoff picture, they've played the Dodgers tough so far this season, having won four of the nine games between them.

Tyler Beede (0-2, 8.06 ERA) will take the mound for San Francisco, in his first-ever start against the Dodgers. Beede is still looking for his first career Major League victory, but impressed at times in his most recent start in which he struck out seven over 4 2/3 innings.

Kenta Maeda (7-3, 3.89 ERA) will get the start for the Dodgers (48-24), who enter Monday's game tied with the Astros for the best record in the league. Maeda is 4-3 lifetime against San Francisco in 12 appearances (eight starts), but most recently held the Giants scoreless over five innings on April 29.

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First pitch for Dodgers vs. Giants is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. PT with pregame coverage beginning at 6 p.m. You can follow all the action on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming online and on the MyTeams app.

San Francisco Giants(30-39)
Joe Panik, 2B
Steven Duggar, CF
Pablo Sandoval, 1B
Brandon Belt, LF
Stephen Vogt, C
Evan Longoria, 3B
Brandon Crawford, SS
Kevin Pillar, RF
Tyler Beede, RHP (0-2, 8.06 ERA)

Los Angeles Dodgers (48-24)
Joc Pederson. LF
Alex Verdugo, CF
Matt Beaty, 1B
Cody Bellinger, RF
Max Muncy, 3B
Chris Taylor, SS
Enrique Hernandez, 2B
Austin Barnes, C
Kenta Maeda, P (7-3, 3.89 ERA)

Johnny Cueto frustrated by wild performance in Giants' loss to Braves

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Johnny Cueto frustrated by wild performance in Giants' loss to Braves

ATLANTA -- Every part of Johnny Cueto's rehab from Tommy John surgery went according to plan. The first surprise came Saturday. 

Cueto walked five Braves in the Giants' 8-1 loss. For just the second time in his career, he walked at least five and failed to throw more than four innings. 

"I was a little surprised, to be honest," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's been so good to this point."

Cueto also used the word "surprised" in discussing the loss. 

"I felt frustrated," he said through interpreter Erwin Higueros. "I felt really good and felt strong, but on occasion, I felt frustrated because every time I would throw the ball it tailed toward first base."

A little rust is not unusual after a year of rehab, but Cueto had thrown 10 shutout innings in his first two starts and had no issues with command. The Braves got him for four in the second inning, with three walks being issued. All three of those runners scored. 

"Johnny -- rarely, rarely does he beat himself," Bochy said. "It's fair to say he did that tonight."

This wasn't all on Cueto's loss of command. Not even close.

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The Giants were 0-for-SunTrust Park before scratching a lone run across in the seventh inning. They've looked completely overmatched in two games against the NL's second-best team, and they'll need to win out just to finish at .500. The odds are overwhelmingly strong that they end up with a third straight losing season. That can become official as soon as Sunday. 

"We were hoping for a winning season," Bochy said. "We were so close there, and I know we stumbled."

Giants vs. Braves lineups: Johnny Cueto hopes to continue dominance

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Giants vs. Braves lineups: Johnny Cueto hopes to continue dominance

After a night to forget, the Giants will once again take the field in Atlanta against the mighty Braves, who clinched the NL East division title in a 6-0 win over San Francisco on Friday night.

Bruce Bochy’s group got a front-row seat to the Ronald Acuna Jr. show, as the superstar 21-year-old reached base all four times he went to the plate, including a towering two-run homer off Tyler Beede.

The Giants will send Jonny Cueto to the mound, who continues to impress in his return from offseason Tommy John surgery. Cueto didn’t factor into the decision but tossed five scoreless innings with just three hits allowed in his last start at Oracle Park against the Marlins.

Opposite Cueto will be 25-year-old Max Fried, who has had a breakout season in 2019. Fried is second in the NL in wins with 16 on the year.

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Coverage begins at 3:00 PT with Giants Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming in the MyTeams App.

Here are the lineups for Giants-Braves:
 
San Francisco Giants (74-80)
SS Mauricio Dubon
1B Austin Slater
C Buster Posey
3B Evan Longoria
CF Kevin Pillar
LF Joey Rickard
RF Jaylin Davis
2B Cristhian Adames
RHP Johnny Cueto (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
 
Atlanta Braves (95-60)
CF Ronald Acuna Jr.
2B Adeiny Hechavarria
3B Josh Donaldson
LF Adam Duvall
C Francisco Cervelli
1B Austin Riley
SS Dansby Swanson
CF Billy Hamilton
LHP Max Fried (16-6, 4.25 ERA)