Lowe at a Loss -- Again

Many baseball fans deplore the lack of complete games but Derek Lowe worked his third of the season and hasn't earned a win during any of them. Toronto escaped three times in the late innings to squeeze out a 1-0 win in the second game of the three-game series.

And Derek Lowe, who has pitched three this year without a win to show for it, must feel like the fellow tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail who said, "If it wasn't for the honor of the thing, I would just as soon skip it."

There is no indication that Lowe intends to file a law suit claiming non-support but lawyers are lined up all over greater Los Angeles waiting for a call to swing into action after CG losses of 3-0, 4-1 and 1-0. He leads the staff with nine quality starts in 14 this year.

The Dodgers went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position, Tony Abreu doubled to lead off the fourth inning and died there and Los Angeles had three hits in each of the sixth and seventh innings and left the bases loaded both times.

The Dodgers left nine men on base, seven in scoring position and Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum and two relievers were perfect with men on base.

In the sixth Lowe lead off with a single to center and Furcal also singled with none out. Abreu and Garciaparra were retired before Kent singled to load the base. Luis Gonzalez popped up on a full-count.

Pierre, Lowe and Furcal singled to load 'em up again in the seventh but Abreu bounced out.

And in the eighth Kent worked a walk and Brady Clark came in to pinch-run. He and stole second and moved to third with two outs. This time Russell Martin grounded out to short to kill the threat.

So Lowe slips to 6-6 on his only real mistake of the game, a two-out home run by Matt Stairs and the second consecutive game he has stung the Dodgers with a homer after hitting that exact number all last season for Detroit.

The righthander threw 98 pitches and lowered his ERA to 3.24 while leading the Dodgers with 91.1 innings pitched.

Manager Grady Little continues to tinker with the Dodger lineup, hoping to find a little pop somewhere. He dropped Pierre into the No. 8 slot -- he started the game with a less-than-adequate .297 on-base percentage, after drawing just nine walks this season, and the little outfielder had a pair of hits but, like all the other runners, was still on the bases when the innings ended.

Matt Kemp, called up after just completing a 14-game hitting streak, formerly red-hot Russell Martin, and the three veterans, Jeff Kent, Nomar Garciaparra and Luis Gonzalez, were 1-for-19.

Kent's infield single loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth but Gonzalez popped up. An inning later, the Dodgers loaded the bases again with two outs and Abreu bounced to short.

Little, putting on a brave face because their is nothing else to do, said "There is never a sense that we're running out of things to try. We will continue to work every day to hopefully try to get it to start happening. Right now, we're not executing when the time is right, and we have to get better."

The Dodgers will send Jason Schmidt (1-2, 4.76 ERA) to the mound against Blue Jays righty Roy Halladay (5-2, 4.63) in the finale of the three-game series on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. PT at Dodger Stadium.
 Score by innings
Toronto	        000 001 000-1
Los Angeles	000 000 000-0	

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	4  0  2  0  .293
Abreu 3b-2b	4  0  1  0  .304
Garciaparra 1b	4  0  0  0  .274
Kent 2b	        3  0  1  0  .265
 Clark pr	0  0  0  0  .224
 Betemit 3b	0  0  0  0  .187
Gonzalez lf	4  0  0  0  .289
Martin c	4  0  0  0  .297
Kemp rf	        4  0  0  0  .333
Pierre cf	3  0  2  0  .273
 Ethier ph	1  0  0  0  .266
Lowe p	        2  0  2  0  .200
 Saenz ph	1  0  0  0  .220
   Totals	34 0 8 0
   Toronto	30 1 4 1

 2B- Abreu (9). S- Lowe. SB- Clark (1). 
LOB- Los Angeles 9, Toronto 9. SB- Martin 
and Abreu.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Lowe (6-6)	9.0  4  1-1  0  3  3.21
 T- 2:24. Att- 51,057.
Dodger Blue Notes-- No one would blame Manager Grady Little if he came out of the clubhouse early and scouted the annual Hollywood Stars Game, started some 49 years ago by Danny Goodman. For the first 45 years they played baseball, but switched to softball a few years ago, much like the Dodgers have in recent days. Players from both clubs came out early to watch as the blue team who slipped in a ringer by the name of Russell Martin who whacked a pinch-hit home run and the game ended in a 5-5 tie. The Dodgers hosted the 49th annual Hollywood Stars Game prior to Saturday's game. The game featured such celebrities as Carlos Medina, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Denton, Jordan Farmar and Luc Robitaille. It benefited The Painted Turtle, the sixth addition to Paul Newman's family of Hole in the Wall Camps for seriously ill children located in Lake Hughes, Calif. The Dodgers presented The Painted Turtle with a Dodger Dream Field for campers to enjoy. So celebrities had fun and everyone helped a good cause but the game that followed wasn't all that much fun for anyone but the Blue Jays.

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