Esteban Loaiza is doing his job. He would just like a little support from his teammates.
Loaiza, who has received three runs of support or fewer in each of his past five starts, will try to become the majors’ second nine-game winner when the Chicago White Sox conclude their three-game interleague series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Seattle’s Jamie Moyer is currently the only pitcher with nine wins.
As Loaiza tries to join him, the White Sox will look to provide him with the support he has been lacking all season.
On Tuesday, Loaiza gave up one run and five hits in seven innings, lowering his league-leading ERA to 1.91, but the White Sox fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1.
“It’s getting a little bit frustrating,” Loaiza said. “I just want to go out and do the best job possible like I’ve been doing, put zeros up on the board. It wasn’t my luck today.”
He’ll hope for better luck on Sunday, as the White Sox try to win their first series since taking two of three from the Toronto Blue Jays on May 19-21.
Los Angeles had won three of its previous four.
STANDINGS: White Sox - 3rd place, 8 1/2 GB, AL Central. Dodgers - 2nd place, 4 GB, NL West.
WHITE SOX PROBABLE STARTER: Loaiza (8-2, 1.91 ERA). Loaiza has allowed no more than two earned runs in six consecutive starts. The 31-year-old right-hander is 0-3 with a 5.53 ERA in his career against the Dodgers.
DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Odalis Perez (4-3, 4.29 ERA). Perez has allowed at least three earned runs in each of his past three starts, going 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA in that span. On Tuesday, he gave up three runs and seven hits over seven innings, but he did not get the decision in the Dodgers’ 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals. The 25-year-old lefty has never faced the White Sox.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: White Sox - D’Angelo Jimenez, .286 avg.; Thomas, 12 HRs; Magglio Ordonez, 36 RBIs; Carlos Lee, 29 runs and 6 SBs. Dodgers - Lo Duca, .335 avg.; Fred McGriff, 10 HRs and 33 RBIs; Green, 29 runs; Dave Roberts, 18 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: White Sox - 2-3; Dodgers - 3-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: White Sox - The White Sox have not used the same starting lineup in consecutive games this season. … 1B Thomas went 3-for-3 on Saturday, extending his season-best hitting streak to 10 games. … RF Ordonez, who was 2-for-28 in his previous seven games, went 2-for-4 Saturday. Dodgers - 1B McGriff is batting .407 (11-for-27) with two home runs in his career against Loaiza. … C Lo Duca went 1-for-4 on Saturday, extending his career-high hitting streak to 16 games. … The Dodgers purchased the contract of LHP Wilson Alvarez from Triple-A Las Vegas to take the roster spot of RHP Darren Dreifort, who will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Alvarez gave up two runs in five innings on Saturday.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: White Sox- 11-22 on the road. Dodgers - 20-13 at home.
INJURIES: White Sox - INF Willie Harris (shoulder), 15-day DL. Dodgers - RHP Darren Dreifort (knee), 15-day DL; C Todd Hundley (sciatic nerve), 15-day DL; OF Daryle Ward (wrist), 15-day DL; LHP Troy Brohawn (rotator cuff), 15-day DL; LHP Derek Thompson (elbow), 60-day DL.