PHILADELPHIA -- The "Beat LA" tweets came from the fingers of Giants fans seconds after the final pitch Thursday at Citizens Bank Park. A couple thousand miles away from the game, ESPN's crew started preparing for "Sunday Night Baseball" at AT&T Park.

But after a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, the Giants weren't thinking much about the upcoming three-game set with the rival Dodgers. They talked about cheesesteaks, movies, Powerade flavors and road attire. Asked about the matchup between the only two teams left vying for the National League West title, manager Bruce Bochy downplayed the significance.

"A win is a win," he said, pointing out that every game is important.

A loss is a loss, then, and Thursday the Giants had a rather lackluster one. They managed only six hits against Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon and gave up two unearned runs. Still, they went 5-2 on a sweaty trip through Miami and Philadelphia, and they'll return home with 1½-game lead over the Dodgers.

"This is a great trip for us," left fielder Michael Morse said. "None of us are hanging our heads about losing this one."

The final run of that trip came because of an error by Morse. When they signed Morse at the winter meetings in December, the Giants knew there was a chance his suspect glove would cost them a game at some point. It was a risk worth taking because of Morse's ability at the plate, and it's worked out for the Giants thanks to Morse's 14 homers and 47 RBIs.


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On Thursday, the glove finally failed Morse and the Giants. He dropped Ben Revere's shallow fly ball in the bottom of the fifth, putting the leadoff runner on second in a 1-1 game. Revere scored on Chase Utley's single, and the Phillies held on from there.

"I tried to run as fast as I could," Morse said. "I just dropped it. I wish I could have caught it."

Bochy didn't worry much about the play, saying Morse has done "a great job" overall.

"He's been pretty good out there," Bochy said. "He made a long run for that ball. He just didn't quite hold on."

Another clank had cost Tim Hudson the first of two unearned runs. Jimmy Rollins hit a one-out double in the first and waltzed to third when Hudson crossed up catcher Buster Posey. Hudson, a longtime Atlanta Brave, knew Rollins was good at reading signs, so he tried to mix it up with the shortstop standing on second. Posey expected a cutter and Hudson threw a splitter that bounced off Posey's glove and to the backstop. Rollins scored on Marlon Byrd's single.

"I pulled a stooge move out there," Hudson said. "It wasn't one of my prouder moments. I crossed him up."

On the other side, Hamels hit just about every spot. The left-hander threw 90 of 116 pitches for strikes and gave up just one run over eight innings. He struck out 10.

"He was clearly on top of his game today," Hudson said. "I've seen him throw some really good games throughout his career and today wasn't an easy walk in the park (for us). I don't ever remember his fastball being as good as it was today."

The Giants will see more of the same this weekend. They'll face Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Dodgers' top three starters. If the magnitude of the series hadn't hit the clubhouse Thursday, it might when a packed house greets the Giants on Friday night at AT&T Park. Matchups with L.A. have brought out the best in the Giants so far; they're 7-3 against the most expensive team in baseball.

"Obviously head-to-head with these guys, we need to keep playing pretty good baseball," Hudson said. "We need to keep that up."

  • There's been little production out of second base this season. Now the Giants barely have any healthy options. Joe Panik (right ankle sprain) was unavailable for a second straight game and left the park in a walking boot. Marco Scutaro (back) flew out in a pinch-hit appearance, and Bochy said Scutaro likely will start just one of three games this weekend.

    Ehire Adrianza started at second Thursday and drove in a run, but he left after straining his right hamstring. During an appearance on KNBR, general manager Brian Sabean said Adrianza would go on the disabled list. The same injury sidelined Adrianza last month. When asked if recently signed veteran Dan Uggla could come up after just two starts with the Fresno Grizzlies, Bochy said he would need to talk to Sabean before discussing that option publicly.

  • Angel Pagan (back) has started hitting soft-toss pitches at the club's facility in Scottsdale, Arizona. Sabean said the center fielder could return on the next trip, which starts Aug. 1 in New York.