Dodgers Lose Game, Pitcher

Sometimes when things go bad, they go really bad. No only did the Dodger slide continue after a 6-3 loss to Randy Johnson and the Diamondbacks, they lost perhaps their most dependable starter Wilson Alvarez with a strained hip. The Dodgers (24-22) have lost three consecutive games and 12 of 14 to fall a season-high two games behind the San Diego Padres in the National League West.

A left hip strain forced Alvarez (2-2) to leave after the second inning but not before the left-hander gave up the one run that led to his first defeat at Dodger Stadium, where he is 5-1 with a 1.07 earned-run average. Alvarez said he has been compensating for a sore right foot he injured on a foul ball May 12 by putting more weight on his left side.

Manager Jim Tracy said the injury is believed to be muscular and therefore not serious, but it could mean he would not be able to make his next start Wednesday.

Arizona went on to score three more times off Wilson's reliever Brian Falkenborg to take a 4-0 lead.

Johnson, two starts after his perfect game, retired 15 of the first 16 batters he faced, with Jose Hernandez breaking the string with a doube in the third.

Hernandez, who went 4-for-4, also doubled to lead off the sixth and scored on Cesar Izturis' one-out single up the middle when the Dodgers finally broke through. Paul Lo Duca singled off the shortstop's glove before Bradley flied out.

Slumping cleanup hitter Shawn Green, hitting .143 in his last 42 at-bats, bounced out to shortstop to end the inning and was booed by the crowd of 46,455. Hitting in the cleanup spot for the first time in seven games, Green finished with a single in four at-bats, actually raising his average to .216.

The Dodgers rallied with two runs in the seventh. Adrian Beltré hit a leadoff double off the wall in left-center and Olmedo Saenz drew a one-out walk, Hernandez banged an RBI single up the middle. Izturis drew the Dodgers to within 4-3 with a single to right.

The Diamondbacks scored an insurance run in the eighth inning off a wild Darren Dreifort, who allowed a pair of walks and wild pitches, and another on a home run leading off the ninth against Duaner Sanchez.

Dodger Blue Notes--Outfielder Dave Roberts was activated from the disabled list and Hideo Nomo was put on the DL with a torn fingernail. Roberts spent 22 days on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. The Dodgers, 16-9 before he was hurt, went 8-12 without him. Nomo would be eligible to return June 3 but manager Jim Tracy said the target for his return is one week later when the Dodgers play in Boston. ... Adrian Beltré returned to the lineup after missing Thursday's game to rest his tender ankle, but he will continue to limp as long as he plays with bone spurs that need surgical removal. ... Shawn Green returned to the cleanup spot Friday and Tracy implied he's staying there, slump or no slump. ... Eric Gagné has a new children's book, "Break Barriers."

Raptor Batting Coach--Mac Singleton, who coached Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta in baseball and football at Harvard, has been hired as the hitting coach for the Dodgers' rookie-level Ogden Raptors. Most recently, he was head baseball coach at MIT, serving from the fall of 1996 through this past season. He was head football coach at Boston State College and freshman head football coach and later receivers coach for 16 years at Harvard University, where he was also head junior varsity baseball coach for 16 seasons. Singleton has been an assistant at Lafayette College, in the National Football League, the Arena Football League and NFL Europe.

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