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Dodgers have seen this one before: Bodies and runs disappear in 2-1 loss to Reds

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It was like old times Friday for the Dodgers, or at least those less-than-pleasant times from the last month.

Bodies kept coming up lame, scoring remained a concept, and just for a little throwback to last season, Matt Kemp had a brain cramp on the bases.

It added up to a tough 2-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, tough losses increasingly becoming the Dodgers’ specialty.

Before the game the Dodgers learned right-hander Jon Garland was headed for the disabled list, reliever Vicente Padilla wasn’t ready to come off the DL, and, to make matter worse, they lost shortstop Rafael Furcal in the second inning with a side injury.

And then they went out and struggled to score against a pitcher who hasn’t been able to get anyone out in a month.

Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo entered the game with his right arm almost dragging on the grass. He was 3-5 with a 5.74 earned-run average, and in his last three starts he had surrendered 19 earned runs in 12 2/3 innings.

Friday night, he was practically Johnny Vander Meer. He held the Dodgers to one run in six innings, holding them to five hits and one walk.

Of course, he easily could have allowed two runs, save for Kemp having that inexplicable 2010 flashback.

The Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth after Andre Ethier and Kemp singled and Jay Gibbons was hit by a pitch.

James Loney then lifted a sacrifice fly to Fred Lewis in medium left. Ethier tagged and scored easily. Which should have been that, only Kemp drifted almost half way to third. It was one of those what-are-you-doing moments that Kemp made frequent company last season. He was caught in a rundown and easily tagged out.

Dioner Navarro then grounded out, the rally was over and the Dodgers had their one run for the night.

Hiroki Kuroda made it hold up for a lot longer than he probably had right to expect. He labored through inning after inning, yet was still throwing a shutout heading into the bottom of the fifth.

Then a single and a pair of walks loaded the bases for the Reds. Scott Rolen lined a two-run single to left-center field and the Reds had their lead.

Kuroda (5-6) ended up going one more inning, throwing 114 pitches in his six innings. He gave up six hits and walked four.

Still, two runs proved enough for Cincinnati. After scoring 23 runs in three games, the Dodgers have now scored once in their last two.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Dodgers shortstop Jamey Carroll makes the catch and tag as Cincinnati's Joey Votto tries to steal second base in the third inning Friday. Carroll, though was unable to hang onto the ball. Credit: Al Behrman / Associated Press

And the beat goes on: Rafael Furcal leaves game with side injury

Rafael-furcal_300 Just when it appeared like the Dodgers were about to resemble something approximating health, bodies start dropping again.

After learning before Friday’s game that right-hander Jon Garland was headed to the disabled list with an inflamed shoulder, they played two innings in Cincinnati when shortstop Rafael Furcal left the game with a left side injury.

Furcal has already missed 37 games this season with a broken thumb. He was so despondent immediately after that injury, he talked about retiring. The Dodgers are now listing him as day-to-day with his unspecified side injury.

Furcal apparently injured his side in the bottom of the second inning after Jay Bruce and Scott Rolen led off with singles. When Fred Lewis missed on a bunt attempt, Bruce wandered too far off second base. Dioner Navarro fired to Furcal, who was covering second. Furcal turned and threw out Bruce, who was trying to advance to third base on the play.

In the Dodgers’ next at-bat in the top of the third, Jamey Carroll hit for Furcal.

This was Furcal’s ninth game since coming back from his broken thumb. After starting one for 22, he had turned things around, with seven hits in his last 13 at-bats.

The Dodgers are expected to get infielder Juan Uribe off the disabled list on Monday. Outfielder Marcus Thames and right-hander Blake Hawksworth are also expected back next week.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal before a batting practice in Colorado. Credit: Rick Giase / EPA

Dodgers to place Jon Garland on DL with sore shoulder, will start rookie Rubby De La Rosa Tuesday [Updated]

Jon-garland_300 For the Dodgers, the players just keeping coming and going.

[Update: Exactly who's coming, however, was suddenly left undecided at gametime Friday.

Expected to come on board before their game at Cincinnati was right-hander Vicente Padilla, their almost-but-not-quite closer.

Scheduled to go on the disabled list, and completely unexpectedly, is right-hander Jon Garland, who has an inflamed shoulder.

And still tapping into what youth they have, the Dodgers have scheduled rookie Rubby De La Rosa to take Garland's upcoming start Tuesday in Philadelphia.

In other words, just another typical day for your 2011 Dodgers.

Only it became yet more complicated before the game Friday when the Dodgers did not make a move. Don Mattingly had said before the game they would not activate Padilla until they were certain he was fully healthy. Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch  simply said Padilla was not ready. Padilla is on the DL with a sore forearm.

If Padilla is not yet ready to go, the Dodgers will have to call up someone else from the system before Garland's next scheduled start. Garland did not make the trip.]

Garland, who had never been on the disabled list in his 11-year career before this season, would now go on it for a second time. He sat out at the start of the season because of an oblique injury.

Garland (1-5) showed no visible signs of arm trouble in his last start, Wednesday against the Rockies, going six innings and giving up three runs on five hits.

De La Rosa, the Dodgers' reigning minor league pitcher of the year, was called up from double-A Chattanooga on May 24. Used exclusively as a reliever, he is 1-0 with a 1.80 earned-run average in three games. In his five innings, he has struck out five, walked one and given up three hits.

De La Rosa was a starter at double A.

The Dodgers have used the disabled list 17 times this season (13 players). Stay tuned, however -- the day is young.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Jon Garland enters the dugout after retiring the Padres in the second inning of a game last month at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea / US Presswire

Dodgers' offense grinds to complete stop in 3-0 loss to Rockies

Andre6 And then came June, which in truth, looked a lot like most of May. Not the last days of May -- when the Dodgers scored 23 runs in three games -- but pretty much like the rest of the month.

Which is to say, the offense once again went ka-poof! Vanished again into the unseasonably cool night. Now you see it …

The Dodgers collected only four hits in managing to make a winner out of struggling Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez for the first time all season, falling 3-0 Wednesday to end their three-game winning streak before an announced crowd of 36,975.

It was the fifth time this season the Dodgers have been shut out.

Ubaldo came in 0-5 with a 5.86 ERA in nine starts, the great mystery to Colorado’s depressed season. The Rockies had lost seven of their previous eight and 10 of 12.

Wednesday, if he appeared something significantly less than the dominating pitcher of last season (19-8, 2.88 ERA), he was nonetheless extremely efficient.

In throwing a complete game, he did not walk a batter and the four hits he gave up were all singles, and struck out seven. No Dodger made it as far as second base until the ninth inning.

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Navarro's pinch-hit single in ninth gives Dodgers 3-2 victory

Dodgers1_350 So that’s how the other half lives.

Pulling out a ninth-inning victory. Being the team that rushes the field in celebration, not the one walking off dejected and bewildered.

The Dodger have suffered their share of late-inning collapses lately, but Friday night it was the Dodgers who scored in the ninth inning to pull out a 3-2 victory over the Florida Marlins.

With the scored tied at 2-2, the Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth and brought in Dioner Navarro to pinch hit. The Marlins played their infield in, and brought in center fielder Chris Coghlan as an extra infielder.

Narvarro, however, lined a drive past a diving Coghlan to the right of second base for the game-winning hit.

The rally gave rookie Rubby De La Rosa his first victory.

The Dodgers had only three hits through eight innings, but two were solo home runs by James Loney and Andre Ethier.

The Dodgers' initial three hits came against Javier Vazquez, who entered the game with a 3-4 record and a 6.41 earned-run average. They made the two of them count, though.

Otherwise, it was a lot of three up and three down. Vazquez went six innings, walking one and striking out three. Oh, while lowering his ERA to 6.02.

Jon Garland was coming off his worst start of the season -- seven runs on 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings against the White Sox -- but he was firmly in control Friday.

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Burden of having to be perfect a weight that can crush Dodgers' rotation

Ll9j3nnc This is a dangerous game the Dodgers are playing.

How long can they hang everything on their starting pitching without the rotation caving in from the constant pressure?

Starting pitching is the only thing the Dodgers have going for them now. Its offense is woeful. Its bullpen has a 4.95 ERA.

The rotation has been the one team strength. As expected, nearly every night the starting pitching gives the Dodgers a chance to win.

Trouble is, the Dodgers are 19-23 despite a rotation that boasts a 3.56 ERA, fourth-best in the National League.

"Obviously we’re putting a lot of pressure on them right now,’’ said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.

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Dodgers go quietly again in 2-1 loss to Brewers

Photo: Dodgers first baseman James Loney makes a sliding catch on a pop fly by Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez in the first inning Monday night at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times That’s the way it’s going for the Dodgers these days. Make a mistake, and it proves costly. They can only count on strong starting pitching for so long.

The Dodgers got another strong starting effort Monday, this time by right-hander Jon Garland, but it again fell short in a 2-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

A mistake cost Garland the game, but at least it was his own.

The score was tied 1-1 in the sixth inning when Corey Hart led off with a double. Garland got the next two outs and appeared ready to pitch out of trouble with pitcher Shaun Marcum up.

Only Garland walked him. Walked the opposing pitcher.

Always a major baseball no-no, this one made worse coming with two outs.

Which brought up Rickie Weeks, who had already singled and lined out with a drive left-fielder Jay Gibbons caught crashing into the wall.

Weeks promptly singled again, and the Brewers had their 2-1 lead.

The Dodgers have now lost three consecutive games, scoring a combined three runs in the defeats.

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Dodgers rained out in series finale in Pittsburgh

Photo: A tarp covers the infield at PNC park during a rain delay between the Pirates and Dodgers on Thursday. Credit: Jared Wickerham / Getty Images It never rains in Southern California, but Pittsburgh would be another matter.

The forecast was poor, but they managed to start Thursday’s Dodgers-Pirates game anyway.

They got in two innings before the deluge hit. And continued to fall, until after 2 hours and 22 minutes of a heavy downpour, they finally gave up and called it a night.

The Dodgers were leading 1-0 at the time, right-hander Jon Garland actually driving in the game’s only run with a second-inning single.

That will all be wiped out, however, the teams starting from scratch if they can figure out date to make up the game.

Because the Dodgers are not scheduled to play in Pittsburgh again this season, that won’t be easy. They are looking at July 14, which would be the second off-day after the All-Star break.

The Dodgers open the second half on July 15 at Arizona.

At least the Dodgers can come home feeling like they won the series, 2-1. The Dodgers open a seven-game homestand Friday against the Diamondbacks.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: A tarp covers the infield at PNC park during a rain delay between the Pirates and Dodgers on Thursday. Credit: Jared Wickerham / Getty Images

Ethier's hitting streak stopped at 30 in Dodgers' 4-2 loss to the Mets

Photo: Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier returns to the dugout after striking out in the eighth inning against the Mets on Saturday night in New York. Credit: Ray Stubblebine / Reuters Willie Davis, your legend lives on. Also, your franchise-record hitting streak.

Andre Ethier was left one game shy of matching Davis’ 31-game hitting streak Saturday, when he failed to get a hit in five trips to the plate.

Then with the bullpen faltering  again, the Dodgers completed a disappointing night, falling 4-2 when the Mets broke open a tie game with a pair of runs in the eighth inning.

There is something about hitting streaks reaching 30. Of the 53 hitters in baseball history to put together a 30-game hitting streak, 21 of them never made it to 31.

Chris Young was scheduled to start for the Mets, but was a last-minute scratch when he couldn’t get loose, which must have broken Ethier’s heart. Ethier was hitting .414 (12 for 29) lifetime against Young, and half his hits were home runs.

Dillon Gee, who had started a pair of games last month, was rushed to the mound. Ethier had never seen Gee, and the right fielder hit like it. Maybe he was just letdown. In his three plate appearances against Gee, he walked and flied out twice.

He failed to get a hit against a pair of Mets left-handed relievers in his next two at-bats. He bounced out in the sixth against Mike O’Conner and struck out swinging against Tim Byrdak in the eighth.

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Dodgers fall flat in 7-0 loss to Padres as Andre Ethier extends hitting streak to 27 games

Lkji4anc Well, at least they still have Andre Ethier.

Otherwise, there was precious little for the Dodgers to get excited about Sunday as they fell meekly to the Padres, 7-0, before an announced crowd of 39,869.

Ethier’s seventh-inning infield hit off the glove of Brad Hawpe was the lone highlight on an afternoon the Dodgers managed to collect only five hits.

That was two less than the light-hitting Padres managed, but they had the good sense of placing all of theirs in the two innings they scored.

Ethier’s single left him with a 27-game hitting streak, second longest in Los Angeles Dodgers history. Willie Davis holds the all-time franchise record of 31, set in 1969.

Which was sort of the end of good news Sunday for the Dodgers. They never could get anything going against Padres right-hander Dustin Moseley, who came in 0-3 in five previous starts but did have a 1.99 earned-run average.

Moseley worked seven innings against the Dodgers, holding them to the three hits and two walks. He struck out six.

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