Times Are Tough


There’s still time left for the Dodgers (23-32) to make the playoffs, but it’s urgent they play better after losing four of seven games this past week.

In Sunday’s 7-2 rout by Colorado at Coors Field, Dexter Fowler homered twice including a two-run shot in the sixth inning.

Skip Schumaker’s double in the second inning evened it at 2-2, but Todd Helton’s solo blast in the fourth made it 3-2, D.J. LeMahieu’s run-scoring single in the same frame gave the Rockies a 4-2 lead, and Michael Cuddyer’s homer in the fifth pushed the lead to 5-2.

Fowler’s hit in the 10th inning gave the Rockies a 7-6 win on Saturday as Dodgers’ left fielder Carl Crawford (two doubles) had to leave with a hamstring injury, and was placed on the disabled list.

Tim Federowicz (double and homer) had three runs batted in for the Dodgers, who also have center fielder Matt Kemp on the disabled list with a hamstring issue.

Jerry Hairston Jr. (two hits), Adrian Gonzalez and Schumaker (two hits) all drove in a run for the Boys in Blue, which failed to offset Carlos Gonzalez (triple and homer) with two RBIs and Cuddyer (two hits and two runs) with two RBIs.

The Dodgers turned the table on the Rockies, winning 7-5 in 10 innings on Friday as Juan Uribe (two hits with two runs) and Clayton Kershaw each driving in two runs.

Kershaw didn’t get the victory, but toiled seven innings, giving up eight hits with three runs (earned) along with two walks and five strikeouts.

Jason Vargas (5-3) limited the visiting Dodgers to five hits and two runs (earned) in seven innings on Thursday as the Angels escaped with a 3-2 decision.

Alberto Callaspo, Chris Nelson (two hits) and Chris Iannetta each drove in a run for the Halos who saw Howie Kendrick (two hits) cross the plate three times.

Jered Weaver (1-1) held the Dodgers to one run (earned) with five hits in six frames, striking out seven with no walks as the Angels earned a 4-3 win on Wednesday as Mark Trumbo, who smashed a two-run homer, drove in three runs and scored one.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-2) blanked the Angels over nine innings, allowing two hits with seven whiffs and no walks as the host Dodgers prevailed 3-0 on Tuesday over the Angels.

Luis Cruz hit a two-run homer in the fifth, and A.J. Ellis added an RBI single in the sixth.

The Dodgers left with an 8-7 victory on Monday as Mark Ellis (hit and run) and Scott Van Slyke (two hits) each drove in two runs.

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