Colletti Looking for More Pitching

Some things just don't go together -- like a radio in the bathtub -- and a sinkerball pitcher doesn't work well on artificial turf and Derek Lowe was exhibit one of that fact Tuesday night, allowing a dozen hits, mostly groundballs, that whistled through the infield without much of a pause in a 9-2 loss to the Twins.

And fresh on the heels of the acquisition of towering lefthander Mark Henderson, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said the search for additional pitching is not finished.

The Dodgers have had discussions with all but a handful of teams and are interested in more pitching, said Colletti, who added that the club would like to make another move in two to three weeks.

And not a moment too soon. Lowe had five wins and a pair of no-decisions in his previous seven starts, but started leaking oil in the second inning and the first eight hitters reached base, which led to six Twins runs and, in effect, the game. It was the second-most runs the Dodgers have surrendered in an inning all season.

Lowe took a comebacker off the left wrist in the sixth inning but will be available for his next start, this one at home.

He is an ugly, 6-13 with a 6.34 ERA on artificial grass and 0-2 record with an 8.04 ERA at the Metrodome. He might well echo outfielder Rich Allen who once said, "If a horse can't eat it, I don't want to play on it."

The Dodgers, who entered the day with a half-game lead in the NL West -- which they lost when San Diego beat Oakland -- have lost 14 consecutive road interleague games since taking two of three from the Angels in July 2004.

They will have to pick up the offensive part of their game tonight because the Dodgers will face two-time defending American League strikeout champ Johan Santana in today's series finale with the Twins thinking "sweep.".

Odalis Perez gets the starting nod in place of the injured Brett Tomko who was placed on the disabled list with his pulled rib-cage muscle..

Twins catcher Joe Mauer was again a major thorn in the dodgers' side, enjoying a 5-for5 evening to raise his A.L.-leading average to .389. That was just one hit shy of the Dodger team total In the first two games of the series, he is 9 for 10 with six RBI.

Dodgers first baseman Nomar Garciaparra slugged a solo homer, his 10th of the season, to run his hitting streak to 11 games and his NL-best average to .362 and Jeff Kent added his ninth home run. Kent's home run was the 340th of his career, tying Jack Clark for 74th on baseball's all-time list.

Rafael Furcal had two of the other four hits Los Angeles managed and reached base three times. He was left in scoring position twice during the long night.

The Twins banged out 15 hits in the game and have won 14 of their last 15 games. After a modest four-game winning streak, the dodgers have lost two in a row.
  Score by innings
LA Dodgers 000 100 100-2
Minnesota  060 012 00x-9

  Dodgers      ab r h bi ave
Furcal, SS      4 0 2 0 .260
Izturis, 3B     4 0 0 0 .333
Garciaparra, 1B 4 1 1 1 .362
Kent, 2B        3 1 1 1 .275
  Martinez, 2B  1 0 0 0 .340
Drew, RF        3 0 1 0 .282
  Ethier, LF    1 0 0 0 .323
Saenz, DH       4 0 0 0 .296
Kemp, CF        4 0 0 0 .306
Cruz, LF-RF     3 0 0 0 .232
Martin, C       3 0 1 0 .301
  Totals       34 2  6 2
  Twins        38 9 15 9

  Errors- Iztris, Furcal. HR- 
Garciaparra (10), Kent (9).
TB- Furcal 2; Garciaparra 4; 
Kent 4; Drew; Martin.
RBI- Garciaparra (47), Kent 
(40). LOB- Los Angeles 5. 
Minnesota 10. DP- (Izturis, 
Kent and Garciaparra).

  Dodgers     in  h r-er bb so era
Lowe (L,6-4) 5.1 12  9-9 2 3 3.49
Beimel       2.2  3  0-0 1 1 3.45
  WP-Beimel. T-2:34. Att-30,681.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Hours after announcing the acquisition of left-handed starter Mark Hendrickson and catcher Toby Hall from Tampa Day, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said the team is still looking to add pitching. …Right-hander Brett Tomko was placed on the 15-day disabled list to clear a roster spot following the five-player trade with Tampa Bay. The move was made retroactive to Saturday, shutting Tomko down through at least July 8. …Backup catcher Sandy Alomar has started just four games since Russell Martin's promotion to the big leagues May 5 and will start even less, now that the club has acquired Toby Hall from Tampa Bay to be Martin's primary backup. Now 40, Alomar is a six-time All-Star and is hitting .352 in what little playing time he has had. Little plans to use him frequently as a pinch-hitter now that he has the flexibility of a third catcher on the active roster. …Despite leading the National League with a .364 batting average, Dodgers first baseman Nomar Garciaparra trails in the All-Star voting by more than 1.5 million votes behind St. Louis' Albert Pujols. Pujols leads all National League players with 2,206,409 votes. New York Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado is second with 946,093. Second baseman Jeff Kent, who is fourth in the balloting with 483,513 votes and all three players ahead of Kent have more than 1 million votes. …Brad Penny will start Friday at home against Anaheim, followed by newly-acquired Mark Hendrickson on Saturday and Chad Billingsley on Sunday. Aaron Sele, who was originally slated to start Friday, will be pushed back a few days, Little said. …Right-hander Jae Seo was a major disappointment after coming from the Mets on Jan. 4, along with left-hander Tim Hamulack, from the New York Mets in exchange for relievers Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll. Seo went 8-2 with a 2.59 ERA as a starter for New York in 2005 but this season, Seo owns a 5.78 ERA and has allowed 14 home runs. "Not every trade you make is going to work out," Colletti said.

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