LOS ANGELES -- Juan Uribe's offensive production carried the Giants in last season's second half. He's proving essential now, too.

Uribe's seventh-inning homer accounted for the Giants' scoring Sunday as they fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-1. Though it was Uribe's first homer of the season, he leads the team with 10 RBIs. He also owns a .380 on-base percentage and a .326 batting average, all while batting sixth through eighth -- lending depth to the Giants' batting order.

Uribe has hit safely in 10 of 12 games, though sometimes he needs a while to warm up. He's batting .375 (6-for-16) in the seventh inning or later. Such was the case against Kershaw, who coaxed a fly ball in the second inning and struck him out in the fourth.

Then Kershaw dangled a 3-2 changeup for Uribe in the seventh.

"The two at-bats before, I didn't feel comfortable," Uribe said.

DeRosa sits with strained hamstring

LOS ANGELES -- Left fielder Mark DeRosa's strained right hamstring kept him out of Sunday's series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers, though he could be ready to rejoin the lineup Monday at San Diego.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that DeRosa was available to pinch-hit Sunday.

"He just wouldn't be able to get down the line hard," Bochy said.

DeRosa hurt himself while running from first base to second base during Saturday's game at Los Angeles. He'd probably be itching to get back on the field in San Diego, given his lifetime .364 batting average (12-for-33) at PETCO Park.

Overall this year, DeRosa's hitting .222 with one home runs and five RBIs.

Bochy downplays Velez's baserunning

LOS ANGELES -- Eugenio Velez's likely increase in playing time will put him at risk for more baserunning gaffes, which have been common with him lately.

But Giants manager Bruce Bochy didn't seem overly concerned Sunday about Velez's lapses. Bochy said that he hasn't lectured Velez about his recent shortcomings on the basepaths, believing that the 27-year-old will get the message eventually.

The Giants hope that happens within the next few weeks as Velez fills in for center fielder Aaron Rowand, who went on the 15-day disabled list Saturday.

"Part of coaching or teaching is repeat, repeat," Bochy said, indicating that first-base coach Roberto Kelly, who handles baserunning, and third-base coach Tim Flannery, who's constantly reminding players about fundamentals and game situations, will convey what Velez needs to hear.

Friday, Velez strayed too far from first base and was doubled off when Edgar Renteria hit a line drive to second baseman Blake DeWitt. Saturday, Velez tried to score from second base as Pablo Sandoval walked on a pitch that eluded catcher A.J. Ellis and was thrown out at home plate.

"We don't want to take away from his aggressiveness," Bochy said. "At the same time, he needs to be smarter on the bases."