Who Came up With This Interleague Nonsense?

After Seattle captured the rubber game of the series 4-2, the best thing the Dodgers can say about the interleague portion of their schedule is that no one was seriously injured. After a promising start they finished by losing two of three to both Chicago and Seattle and finishing 9-9 and haven't had a winning record since 2004.

The Dodgers still have the best record in the majors at 48-21 with less than a week to go before Ramirez is eligible to return. The loss gives them fur in their last five games and lost two series in succession for the first time since August 22-28, 2008.

The good news is that they return to their National League portion of the schedule. The bad news is that they will face Jim Tracy's white-hot Colorado Rockies for a three-game series.

Hiroki Kuroda slipped to (2-4) after allowing four runs and eight hits in 6.1 innings, striking out five and walking none for the fourth consecutive start.

His anticipated confrontation with Ichiro Suzuki, leading the American League and on track to win the AL batting crown, was a pyrrhic victory for Kuroda for holding him to 1-for-3 and lowering his major league-leading average just a bit to .372.

Suzuki's infield triggered a three-run third inning and extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

The Dodgers were held to one hit until Matt Kemp smacked his 10th home run to lead off the fifth. It was the only time in the final two games of the series that a Dodger leadoff man reached base.

Juan Castro and Juan Pierre singled and Andre Ethier closed out the Dodgers offense with a sacrifice fly. Los Angeles managed only a pinch-hit single by Rafael Furcal over the final four innings.

"When you have a 162-game season, you're going to go through some (rough) spots," manager Joe Torre said. "We've lost four our of five, and that is something pretty unusual for us."

Kuroda had trouble only in the third inning, but he allowing three runs on four hits while needing 23 pitches to get out of the frame and with the Dodgers offense in a funk, that was too much to overcome.

Kuroda had also allowed an RBI single in the second inning to give the Mariners an early 1-0 lead, but then settled down after the third and retired 10 of the next 12 batters he faced before being leaving the game with two out in the seventh inning.

Overall, he allowed four runs on eight hits over 6.1 innings along with five strikeouts and no walks. He hasn't walked a batter in 26.1 consecutive innings, since June 6 vs. Philadelphia.

Settle starter Garrett Olson had a 6.47 career ERA entering the game but L.A. managed just two runs in five innings against left-hander.

The Dodgers will try to avoid losing three straight games for the first time this season against the Rockies, who have won 20 of their last 23. has not walked a batter in 26.1 consecutive innings.  He last allowed a walk on June 6 vs. Philadelphia.

Brent Leach, Ronald Belisario and Ramon Troncoso shut down the Mariners after Kuroda left the game. Belisario extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 10.2 over his last 10 games.

Starters for the Colorado series;

Tonight, LHP Randy Wolf (3-3, 3.64) and RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (6-7, 3.83).
Tuesday, RGP Chad Billingsley (9-3, 3.10) and RHP Jason Marquis (9-5, 4.23).
Wednesday, LHP Clayton Kershaw (5-5, 3.70) and RHP Jason Hammel (5-3, 4.21)

  Score by Innings
Seattle	        013 000 000-4
Los Angeles	000 020 000-2

  Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pierre lf	3  0  1  0  .323
Ethier rf	3  0  0  1  .261
Hudson 2b	4  0  0  0  .303
Blake 3b	4  0  0  0  .293
Loney 1b	3  0  0  0  .278
Martin c	3  0  1  0  .247
Kemp cf        	4  1  1  1  .311
Castro ss	2  1  1  0  .345
 Furcal ph-ss	1  0  1  0  .245
Kuroda p	1  0  0  0  .000
 Leach p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Belisario p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Ausmus ph	1  0  0  0  .265
Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
-----------------------------
  Totals	29  2  5  2
  Seattle	36  4  9  4 

  Error- Kuroda (1). 2B- Martin (10).
HR-Kemp (10). RBI- Kemp (41), Ethier (50)
S- Kuroda. SF- Ethier. LOB- Los Angeles
5, Seattle 6. CS- Martin (4).  

  Los Angeles	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Kuroda (2-4)	6.1  8  4-4  0  5  3.77
Leach	        0.1  0  0-0  0  0  3.52
Belisario	0.1  0  0-0  0  0  2.01
Troncoso	2.0  1  0-0  0  1  2.02
  HBP- Pierre, by Leach. T- 2:49. Att- 49,355.
   

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