The Dodgers haven't scored in their last 30 innings. They have been shut out in three consecutive games. And their lead in the National League West vanished Wednesday, when the San Francisco Giants moved into a tie for first place with them by beating them at AT&T Park, 3-0.

Now, the free-falling team might lose All-Star outfielder Andre Ethier.

"You almost start laughing at it," catcherA.J. Ellissaid.

Ethier felt what he described as a "cramp or tight pinch" in his left rib cage when checking his swing to draw a first-inning walk against Tim Lincecum. He was removed from the game after Juan Rivera grounded into an inning-ending double play.