Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/29/12

SAN FRANCISCO - It may not be entirely accurate to make larger statements about teams based on one series, but it certainly is temping at times like these.

The Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Giants with a 4-0 victory on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park, with marquee acquisition Hanley Ramirez driving in runs in all three games for Los Angeles. The Giants, who were shut out two games in a row, made no deal to match the Ramirez trade.

The Giants had a three-game lead in the National League West when the series began. Now the teams are in a virtual tie with just over two months to go in the season, and just two days before the trading deadline.

The Giants' offensive outage on Sunday was understandable, however, because they were facing reigning Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.

Kershaw had faced the Giants two other times this season and both times he pitched well but was outdueled by Ryan Vogelsong. The pitchers met again, but this time the outcome was reversed.

The Dodgers got a couple runs against Vogelsong in the fourth inning. Juan Rivera lined a single into left field to lead off the inning. Matt Kemp followed with a single. Andre Ethier's deep fly ball to center sent Rivera to third.

Ramirez then hit a potential double-play ball to third baseman Marco Scutaro, but Ramirez hustled down the line and narrowly beat the relay, allowing the Dodgers to score a run. It was the seventh RBI for Ramirez in five games since the Dodgers acquired him from the Marlins.

The Dodgers then caught a break for their second run. Scutaro appeared to lose James Loney's popup in the sun, and he dropped it, for an error. The Dodgers capitalized when Luis Cruz followed with a double down the left-field line, driving in an unearned run.

The Giants didn't even have many chances against Kershaw. The only time they got a runner into scoring position against the Dodgers lefty was in the second, when they had runners at first and second with two outs and No. 8 hitter Brandon Crawford at the plate. Crawford hit a bouncer back to the mound.

The Giants hit into double plays in the fourth and sixth, scuttling potential rallies. In the sixth, Gregor Blanco reached on a leadoff single, but he was doubled off first when he got a bad read on Ryan Theriot's lineout to second baseman Mark Ellis.

The Dodgers added a two insurance runs in the eighth, on RBI singles by Cruz and Ellis.

Notes: Cruz extended his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest of the season for the Dodgers...The Dodgers' 10-0 victory over the Giants on Saturday was the team's biggest margin of victory in a shutout against the Giants since 1997...Vogelsong has completed at least six innings in all 19 of his starts this season, the longest streak to start a season for the Giants since Atlee Hammaker went at least six in his first 21 starts in 1983. Vogelsong also has 18 quality starts this season, second only to Washington's Jordan Zimmerman (19) in the majors.

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