Dodgers Don't Hit, Don't Field and Don't Win

When you gave a pitcher like Adam Wainright, you need be almost perfect to beat him. The Dodgers weren't and didn't. Held to four hits they scored twice in the seventh to tie the game and then booted in a run in the ninth to lose 3-2.

The Rockies and Giants, once so far behind the Dodgers they needed binoculars to see them, are now looming large in the rear-view mirror after both won again. Their division lead slid to 3.5 games, their smallest margin since May 12 when they led the Giants by 3.0 games.

Wainwright was unhittable through five innings and when Manny Ramirez walked to lead off the fifth it was the Dodgers first baserunner. Wainwright struck out Casey Blake and Loney hit into an inning-ending double play.

Orlando Hudson's one-out single in the sixth broke up the no-hitter. They tied the game 2-2 on solo home runs by Andre ethier and Blake in the seventh, then lost the game in the ninth without allowing a hit.

Ethier's home run, No. 25 on the year, gave him 20 RBIs in the past 19 games. Manny Ramirez went 0-for-3 with a walk and strikeout and has four RBIs in his past 12 games. Matt Kemp was 0-for-4 on his Bobblehead night.

Jonathan Broxton walked Albert Pujols with one out. When Pujols broke for second on an attempted steal, Russell Martin throw bounced off Hudson and Pujols galloped around to third. Matt Holliday's fly ball to Matt Kemp in deep center field drove in the third, and eventual winning run.

The Dodgers dropped their fourth straight one-run game, falling to 21-16 overall and 17-6 at home. Colorado topped Washington 5-4 and are now just 3.5 games back, the Giants beat Cincinnati 1-0, moving to 4.5 games behind.

However, Torre said he wasn't worrying about the disappearing lead. "I can't worry about that," he said. "We've got to go out and put a little bit of a streak together. We were playing tough and we've lost two tough one-run games here.

"You've got to fight for what you want and fight your way through these things. When you lose, there doesn't have to be an excuse. Somebody beat you. That's the way this game is. I think we're fine."

Clayton Kershaw drew the start despite the fact he seemed to be coming down with the flu, although he insisting that wasn't what left him with a fever Tuesday.

He threw 97 pitches in 3.2 innings, his second shortest outing of the season, allowing five hits and four walks. He entered the night 1-0 with 21 strikeouts and a 1.29 earned run average in three career starts against St. Louis.

"This young man is as good as anybody and getting better and better," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said of Kershaw. "And we were just fouling them off. Nobody centered hardly anything against him. But when everybody fights, fights, fights, there are no easy at-bats for him. And sometimes you can get up there [in the pitch count] where it's dangerous to keep him in."

Keershaw gave up a single and an RBI double to lead off the fourth and issued a walk with one out. A single drove in the second run and James McDonald game in to get the final out of the inning.

"There wasn't an easy out and I wasn't throwing enough strikes," Kershaw said. "I'm trying to throw the ball where I want to. It's just not going there sometimes. It was just a bad night. I hate that term learning process, but I guess it's part of it."

Four Dodger relievers, McDonald, Ronald Belisario, Hong-Chih Kuo and Broxton combined to toss 5.1 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and three baserunners.  

Broxton had his winning streak snapped at seven and dropped his first decision of the season. Since his last win, Broxton has successfully saved three of six opportunities and allowed six runs in 10.1 innings (5.23 ERA) over 10 appearances. >br>
Prior to the game, the Dodgers placed Hiroki Kuroda on the 15-day disabled list (concussion) retroactive to August 16 and recalled infielder Tony Abreu from Albuquerque where he was hitting .360.

The Dodgers open the first game of a four-game series against the Cubs tonight and will face a team as struggling as they are. Chicago has lost seven of their last 10 games.

RHP Jeff Weaver (5-4, 3.71 ERA) makes another spot start in place of right-hander Hiroki Kuroda. Weaver has started six games for the Dodgers this season, going 2-1 with a 3.08 ERA.

Chicago will counter with LHP Tom Gorzelanny (5-2, 5.24 ERA) who has made three starts since he was obtained from the Pirates.

  Score by Innings
St Louis	000 200 001-3
Los Angeles	000 000 200-2

  Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	4  0  0  0  .259
Kemp cf        	4  0  0  0  .309
Ethier rf	3  1  1  1  .285
Ramirez lf	3  0  0  0  .305
Blake 3b	4  1  1  1  .279
Loney 1b	4  0  1  0  .279
Martin c	3  0  0  0  .261
Hudson 2b	2  0  1  0  .295
Kershaw p	1  0  0  0  .103
 McDonald p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Pierre ph	1  0  0  0  .318
 Belisario p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Kuo p        	0  0  0  0  .000
 Abreu ph	1  0  0  0  .200
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals  	30  2  4  2
  St Louis	34  3  7  3

  Errors- Furcal (15), Blake (9), Martin
(7). 2B- Loney (22). HR- Ethier (25),
Blake (14). RBI- Ethier (82), Blake (67).
LOB- Los Angeles 4, St Louis 12. 

  Los Angeles	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Kershaw	        3.2  5  2-2  4  5  2.96
McDonald	2.1  1  0-0  1  1  4.18
Belisario	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  2.24
Kuo        	1.0  1  0-0  0  2  3.52
Broxton (7-1)	1.0  0  1-0  1  1  3.05
  WP- Kershaw. HBP- Ethier, by McDonald. 
T- 3:18. Att- 54,847.