Playing out String

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In a season marked by inconsistency with few highlights, the Dodgers (57-69) are playing out the string.

This past weekend at Coors Field in Colorado they lost two of three including Sunday’s 5-3 defeat as Carlos Gonzalez ripped a two-run homer in the first inning and Seth Smith dropped a two-run bomb in the seventh.

James Loney (four hits) doubled in a run in the second and homered in the fourth, while Matt Kemp had a run-scoring two-base hit in the third.

Chad Billingsley (10-10) walked five and struck out seven in seven and two-third innings, with five runs (four earned) and three hits.

It took 13 frames on Saturday as the Dodgers were 7-6 losers on Dexter Fowler’s single.

The Dodgers led 6-4 in the 12th when Aaron Miles (two hits and one run) homered and Trent Oeltjen (one run with two hits) smacked an inside-the-park homer.

The Rockies’ Todd Helton had three hits (home run and double) with two runs batted in and a run, while Eric Young Jr. and Mark Ellis each contributed two hits and combined to score three runs.

Rod Barajas (two hits) drilled a homer (12th) and had four RBIs with a run, Tony Gwynn Jr. also homered and rookie Justin Sellers (two hits with two runs) during the Dodgers’ 8-2 win on Friday against Colorado.

Hiroki Kuroda (9-14) struck out five and walked three in six innings, while being touched for four hits and two runs (earned).

Clayton Kershaw (15-5) salvaged Thursday’s 5-1 victory at Milwaukee’s Miller Park by shutting out the Brewers over eight innings, giving up five hits with six strikeouts and no walks.

Barajas (two hits with two runs) homered, Juan Rivera had a sacrifice fly, and Jamey Carroll and Miles each added RBIs.

The Brewers’ Zack Greinke (12-4) held the Dodgers to five hits in seven innings during Wednesday’s 3-1 victory, fanning eight with three walks and one run (earned).

Milwaukee’s Jerry Hairston Jr. had a two-run single in the sixth, and Gwynn Jr. homered in the seventh.

Billingsley’s seven-inning, one-run (earned), four-hit stint was wasted as the Dodgers’ bullpen slipped in the ninth as the team fell 2-1 on Tuesday when pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay singled in Nyjer Morgan.

One-time Dodgers’ hurler Randy Wolf (10-8) blanked his former team across eight innings of Monday’s 3-0 win, allowing six hits with five walks and five strikeouts.

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