Dodgers Are Still Reeling

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Seeking a soft spot to land, the reeling Dodgers lost two of three games to the defending champion New York Yankees this past weekend, and two of three to the Angels.

In the series finale on Sunday, the host Dodgers were 8-6 losers as Robinson Cano cracked a two-run homer in the 10th inning, after New York scored four runs in the ninth.

On Saturday, James Loney helped the Dodgers (40-35) to a 9-4 win, driving in four runs, while on Friday, Alex Rodriguez smashed a solo homer in the sixth that pushed the Yanks to a 2-1 win.

The Dodgers led 1-0 in the first when Manny Ramirez drove in Rafael Furcal (walk) with a single to right, but New York tied it at 1-1 in the second after Jorge Posada singled, which plated Rodriguez, who doubled.

It was a pitchers’ duel between C.C. Sabathia (9-3) and Vicente Padilla. Sabathia worked eight innings, striking out seven, walking three, and allowing four hits.

The Dodgers broke a six-game losing streak Thursday at Angel Stadium, downing the Angels 10-6, as super-sub Jamey Carroll collected three hits, drove in a run and scored a run.

Casey Blake added three hits with one run batted in, and Furcal drove in a pair, scored once, and slapped two hits for the Dodgers, who scored five runs in the fourth, and then added two runs in the seventh and eighth.

The Angels took a 1-0 lead, closed within 6-4 in the fifth, and tallied two runs in the ninth.

Jeff Weaver (4-1) won in relief after toiling an inning, surrendering one hit. Scott Kazmir (7-6) took the loss, and couldn’t get out of the fourth inning.

The Angels registered a 2-1 victory Wednesday, as Joel Pineiro was masterful over seven and one-third innings. Pineiro (7-6) held the Dodgers to six hits, one run (earned), with five strikeouts and one walk.

Matt Kemp’s two-base hit in the third brought in Andre Ethier (two hits). The Angels tied it in the fourth, and went ahead by a run in the fifth. Howie Kendrick had a run-scoring single and Torii Hunter contributed a run-scoring grounder.

The game concluded on a base-running blunder by Russell Martin. With one out, Carroll’s hit to left sent pinch runner Reed Johnson, who was at second to third, and he tried to score the tying run. Martin, on first, raced to second on the hit, but slid past the bag, and when he did was tagged out by second baseman Kendrick.

Johnson thought he scored on the play, but didn’t touch home plate before the tag was applied.

Kemp reached on an error, but was picked off by Brian Fuentes.

The Angels took the opener 6-3 on Tuesday, with Bobby Abreu drilling a tying three-run homer in the sixth, and the Angels adding three runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Kendrick (three hits), and a two-run double by Kevin Frandsen.

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