There’s no doubt the Los Angeles Dodgers have struggled to score runs this season. Now the pitching might be falling apart.
The Dodgers dropped the opener of this series 7-1 Tuesday as starter Hideo Nomo limited the Padres to two hits in six scoreless inning before giving up six runs and five hits without getting an out in the seventh.
Paul LoDuca drove in the lone run for Los Angeles, which has lost a season high-tying four straight and seven of eight.
The Dodgers, batting an NL-worst .245, have scored more than three runs just once in their last eight games. Their starting pitchers, however, hadn’t given up this many runs since Odalis Perez gave up six to the Chicago White Sox on June 8.
Los Angeles leads the majors with a 2.83 ERA.
Fred McGriff returned from disabled list on Tuesday after missing the previous 14 games with a right groin injury. The Dodgers’ home run leader went 2-for-4 with a double.
After losing eight decisions in a row dating to last year, Ashby won his second straight Saturday with a 4-2 decision over Anaheim. The right-hander gave up an earned run and four hits over 5 1-3 innings.
The Padres have won three in a row and four of five.
Kotsay is batting .438 (7-for-16) in his last three games with a homer and three RBIs.
STANDINGS: Padres - 5th place, 22 GB, NL West. Dodgers - 2nd place, 4 1/2 GB, NL West.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Oliver Perez (2-3, 6.04 ERA). Despite allowing three earned runs or fewer in four of his last five starts, Perez is just 2-1 during that stretch. The 21-year-old left-hander hasn’t gotten a decision in either of his last two starts, including last Friday when the Padres won 7-6 over Colorado. He went 5 2-3 innings, surrendering two earned runs, two hits, six walks and struck out six. San Diego has won his last three starts. Perez is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in his lone career start against the Dodgers.
DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Ashby (2-4, 5.00 ERA). Ashby, who started the season in the bullpen, but moved back into the rotation when Darren Dreifort had season-ending knee surgery, is 0-3 with a 6.58 ERA in eight career games, including four starts, against the Padres.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Padres - Sean Burroughs, .304 avg.; Klesko, 16 HRs; Rondell White, 46 RBIs; Xavier Nady, 39 runs; Shane Victorino and Ramon Vazquez, 7 SBs. Dodgers - Lo Duca, .317 avg.; McGriff, 10 HRs; Shawn Green, 39 RBIs and 36 runs; Dave Roberts, 24 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Padres, 5-3.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Padres - Injured 3B Phil Nevin took batting practice Tuesday and said he expects to rejoin the team “in about a month.” … 2B Mark Loretta ranked third in hits in the NL in June. He finished the month with 37, behind the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols (47) and the Brewers’ Scott Podsednik (38). Loretta hit .356 in 27 games. Dodgers - The Dodgers placed OF Brian Jordan on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained patella tendon in his left knee. … OF Jason Romano, called up from Triple-A Las Vegas in mid-June to take 1B McGriff’s roster spot, remains on the Dodgers roster. … CF Roberts left Tuesday’s game after four innings for precautionary reasons with an aggravation of his right hamstring.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Padres - 14-28 on the road; Dodgers - 24-17 at home.
INJURIES: Padres - INF Ramon Vazquez (abdomen), 15-day DL; OF Jason Bay (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Clay Condrey (oblique), 15-day DL; INF Lou Merloni (knee), 15-day DL; OF Nevin (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Trevor Hoffman (shoulder), 60-day DL. Dodgers - OF Jordan (knee), 15-day DL; LHP Troy Brohawn (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Dreifort (knee), 15-day DL; C Todd Hundley (back), 15-day DL; 1B McGriff (groin), 15-day DL; LHP Derek Thompson (elbow), 60-day DL.