Dodger Slide Continues in 8-0 Loss

The Dodger offense was again a no-show and Arizona pounded Derek Lowe 8-0, handing Los Angeles their sixth loss in seven games since the All-Star break, Over that time they have scored 14 runs (2.00 per game) and twice they have been shut out.

Miguel Batista went the distance, scattering six harmless hits -- five singles and Olmedo Sanez double -- allowing only two runners to get as far as second base.

"The way I have lived my life, I have always made a point of if you can't say anything good about something, don't say anything at all," Manager Grady Little said. "So tonight, we're not going to talk about (the offense)."

The fact the Dodgers dropped below 500 again (47-48) as Derek Lowe's slump reached ugly proportions and sixth time in seven games since the All-Star break, dropping from second to fourth in the tightly contested NL West with the loss.

Lowe had thrown three side sessions between starts, searching for the missing release point on his sinkerball. He apparently had it the first three innings, recording seven groundball outs and striking out the other two batters.

But his wheels fell off in the fourth inning, followed quickly by the muffler, transmission and drive shaft.

Chad Tracy singled to lead off the fourth and veteran Luis Gonzalez scorched a liner that center fielder Kenny Lofton apparently misjudged. It landed bounced on the warning track as Tracy scored the game's first run, and Gonzalez had his 525th career double, tying Ted Williams for 31st on the all-time list.

If there was any mercy in the world this night, it would have all ended right there.

But Johnny Estrada singled, Shawn Green, the outfielder the Dodgers paid the Diamondbacks $10 million to take off their hands, then smacked a monstrous home run just to the left of straightaway center field, and the Dodgers trailed 4-0.

Lowe (7-7) only lasted one more inning, leaving with five earned runs, 11 hits over 4.1 innings on his record. In his past five starts he has recorded a 9.59 earned run average and has lost four of five decisions.

Batista (9-5) struck out two and walked two in his third complete game of the season. It was his first shutout since he blanked the Dodgers on June 9, 2004, when he was pitching for the Blue Jays.

The Dodgers had the wrong Drew this game, younger brother Steve had two doubles and a triple in his fifth big league game. Older brother J. D, was 0-for-4.

Green and Orlando Hudson each hit two-run homers for the Diamondbacks, who have won seven of their last nine games and Luis Gonzalez added three hits, including an RBI double.

The powder-puff NL West is a combined 11-21 since the All-Star break, and as bad as the Dodgers look, they are still in the race.

Catcher Russell Martin was held out of the game with a bruised right wrist, after being hit by a pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night's game. The wrist was sore and swollen.

Third baseman, perhaps to soon be second baseman, Cesar Izturis was with wife who remained hospitalized after undergoing a cesarean section to deliver their daughter Monday. Little said Izturis would wait in Los Angeles for the Cardinals series that opens Friday night.

Little also confirmed that disabled pitcher Brett Tomko will be a reliever when he returns from a Minor League rehab assignment next week. Tomko will face hitters Thursday and is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Las Vegas Saturday and Monday before being activated.

Help may be on the way. Outfielder Jason Repko (sprained left ankle) has six hits in his past two rehab games for Las Vegas and is hitting .318. He could rejoin the big club within a week.

The Dodgers call on Mark Hendrickson (0-2, 3.57) to face Arizona ace Brandon Webb (10-3, 2.52) tonight.
  Score by innings
Dodgers 000 000 000-0  
Arizona 000 411 20x-8   

  Dodgers     ab r h bi ave
Furcal ss      4 0 1 0 .267
Lofton cf      3 0 1 0 .299
 Carrara p     0 0 0 0 .000
Garciaparra 1b 4 0 1 0 .345
Drew rf        4 0 0 0 .281
Ethier lf      4 0 2 0 .344
Aybar 3b-2b    3 0 0 0 .274
Martinez 2b    2 0 0 0 .321
 Beimel p      0 0 0 0 .000
 Ledee ph      1 0 0 0 .250
 Broxton p     0 0 0 0 .000
 Cruz Jr. cf   0 0 0 0 .233
Hall c         3 0 0 0 .294
Lowe p         1 0 0 0 .079
 Saenz 3b      2 0 1 0 .304
     Totals   31 0  6 0 
    DBacks    37 8 14 7

  Error- Aybar. 2B - Saenz (14). 
LOB- Los Angeles 6, Arizona 7. 
SB- Furcal (23). DP - 2 
(Furcal and Garciaparra; 
Garciaparra, Furcal and Lowe).

  Dodgers  in   h r-er bb so era
Lowe (7-7) 4.1 11 5-5  0 2 4.19
Beimel     1.2  1 1-1  1 1 3.72
Broxton    1.0  2 2-2  1 3 3.54
Carrara    1.0  0 0-0  0 0 2.79
  Time: 2:28.Attendance: 23,583.

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