If the Dodgers are going to make a move in the National League West standings, this week gives them a great opportunity.
Los Angeles has struggled mightily against the rival Giants, losing five of six meetings, though San Francisco has only outscored the Dodgers, 24-20, as they prepare for a three-game series starting Monday.
The Giants have lost six of their last nine, while the Dodgers just wrapped up a nine-game road trip, going 4-5 and ending with a pair of wins in San Diego.
The starting pitching matchup in the series opener figures to be a great one. The Giants will send lefty Madison Bumgarner (7-4, 3.25) to the mound, while the Dodgers will counter with lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3, 2.96).
Bumgarner struck out eight Padres and allowed only two runs on three hits in seven innings his last time out.
"I felt pretty good about [the start]," Bumgarner said. "I didn't leave many balls over the middle of the plate."
He dominated the Dodgers in the teams' meeting earlier this year, when Los Angeles had just two hitters reach base in Bumgarner's eight scoreless innings.
Ryu threw a quality start his last time out against the Yankees and has now thrown at least six innings in 13 of 14 starts.
Dodgers: Gonzalez starting to heat up
Adrian Gonzalez had just one homer and four RBIs this month before homering Saturday. He followed that up with a 2-for-4 performance Sunday, including another long ball and a double.
"He was just in a lull," manager Don Mattingly said. "We'll see him get hot and go on a streak."
But Mattingly does not want Gonzalez to be responsible for carrying the team's offense.
"We have to make sure the team doesn't allow him to be that guy," he said.
Giants: Power problems persist for San Fran
• Hunter Pence snapped the Giants' season-high streak of eight consecutive games without a home run with a solo shot in Sunday's loss to the Marlins.
• The Giants are coming off their first losing homestand since July 23-Aug. 2, 2012, when they went 3-7.
• The Giants have 14 one-run victories this season compared to nine losses.
• Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has 11 hits in his last 22 at-bats, with six runs and seven RBIs.