Already due to be without Cody Bellinger as he recovers from being spiked in the left calf, the Los Angles Dodgers also didn’t have Mookie Betts in the lineup because of lower back stiffness.
Chris Taylor filled the void in center field, playing for the first time since being hit by a pitch. He helped generate traffic, but too many opportunities were wasted and Kenley Jansen blew a save. The Dodgers fell 4-3 in 10 innings, giving the Oakland Athletics their first win.
They finished 5-2 on their road trip to begin the season and had a five-game winning streak snapped heading into the home opener on Friday.
True to their reputation, L.A. made A’s starter Jesús Luzardo labor and earn every out. He nearly got through a scoreless first inning after starting it with back-to-back walks of Taylor and Corey Seager, but AJ Pollock lined an RBI single up with the middle with two outs.