Dodgers Blow 3-0 Lead, Lose Sixth in a Row

The pattern seems the same Sunday night in Chicago. The Dodgers rolled up a neat little 3-0 lead, battled the Sox into the seventh and allowed a pair of runs. Gave up two more in the eighth and lost 4-3. Two of the four runs allowed were unearned. It was their sixth straight loss and the seventh in the last eighth games, scoring 22 runs over that span for a 2.75 runs per game average.

Jeff Weaver allowed two runs-- one earned -- and gave the ball to Giovanni Carrara who retired the side 1-2-3 in the seventh. Duaner Sanchez took over and gave up a walk to open the last of the eighth.

A fumbled sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third, then another bunt moved them up and a clutch single scored them both, tagging Sanchez (1-3) with the loss.

The Dodgers opened the scoring in the he fourth when Jeff Kent walked and moved up on Olmedo Sanez's double. Werth singled to score Kent but Jason Grabowski hit into a double play to end the inning.

Two more came across in the fifth. Jason Phillips walked, Mike Edwards singled and Cesar Izturis bunted them to second and third. Phillips scored on a ground ball by Hee-Seop Choi and J.D. Drew singled to make it 3-0.

That ended the Dodger scoring for the evening.

A potential rally in the ninth inning fizzled. Jason Repko, after smashing a long drive into the left field seats that just curled foul, walked to open the inning. Phillips promptly hit into a double play.

Edwards then beat out and infield hit, his third hit of the game, but Izturis flew softly to left field to end the game. Edward's boosted his average to .340.

The loss dropped the battered Dodgers a full four games behind San Diego and they trail Arizona by a half-game.

Dodger Blue Notes--A four-game series with the Padres may be the first "crucial" series of the season and a chance for the Dodgers to make up some ground. …On the medical front, Milton Bradley, Eric Gagne and Paul Bako will have their injured finger, arm and knee examined in Los Angeles. All three may have surgery in their future. Gagne's second elbow sprain of the year might require his second Tommy John reconstruction. Bako has a problem with his anterior cruciate ligament. Bradley has been out three weeks with a finger problem that has not responded to treatment. …Triple-Las Vegas reliever Aquilino Lopez exercised an escape clause in his contract and left the organization. Ryan Rupe also has a similar clause, but he has not exercised it. Lopez was replaced at Las Vegas by Beau Dannemiller, who was promoted from Vero Beach. Justin Orenduff was also promoted from Vero Beach to Jacksonville. …Odalis Perez pitches tonight against Tacoma in his second injury rehabilitation start. …Brad Penny gets the start in Monday opener in San Diego with the Padres.