Los Angeles (30-24) at Toronto (25-32)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Tue Jun 8, 2004
  • TV: FSN2, TSN
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Hideo Nomo looks to avoid matching the longest losing streak of his career when he comes off the disabled list to face the Toronto Blue Jays in the first of a three-game interleague series.

Nomo left his start against Philadelphia on May 19 in the second inning with a split nail on his right index finger, and was placed on the 15-day DL the next day.

A 16-game winner last year, Nomo is 3-5 with a 7.13 ERA in nine starts this season. He is 0-4 with a 7.78 ERA in his last five outings, and is trying to avoid tying his career-high losing streak set from May 9-June 20, 1998.

Nomo allowed three runs over five innings in a rehabilitation start Thursday for Triple-A Las Vegas, giving up five hits while throwing 67 pitches. He also walked three.

He said through a translator that the nail didn’t bother him.

“This game was no different than when I go into a major league game,” Nomo said. “I was trying to help my team win. I was not worried about my velocity. I was able to throw a lot of pitches.”

Nomo will be trying to get Los Angeles back on track after it had its three-game winning streak snapped with a 6-5 loss to Arizona on Sunday. The Dodgers, whose bullpen uncharacteristically blew a 4-2 lead Sunday, had won six of seven.

“That’s going to happen, you know,” said Dodgers third baseman Adrian Beltre, who increased his home run total to 14 with a pair of solo drives. “You don’t expect guys to be perfect all the time, so we’ll just hang in there and try to win the next series.”

While Nomo is looking to snap a losing skid, Toronto starter Ted Lilly is trying to extend his winning streak.

The left-hander won his fourth straight decision on Wednesday, allowing two runs and seven hits over 6 1-3 innings in a 5-3 win over Seattle.

Lilly, who hasn’t lost since dropping a 4-2 decision to Boston on April 21, had a career-high six-game winning streak from Aug. 25-Sept. 21, 2003

Toronto has dropped three of four, including an 8-3 defeat to Oakland on Sunday which dropped the Blue Jays a season-high 11 games out of first place in the AL East.

The Blue Jays should get some help on Tuesday with shortstop Chris Woodward, outfielder Frank Catalanotto and pitcher Justin Speier all expected to be activated from the DL prior to the game. First baseman Carlos Delgado could also be ready to return during this series after sitting out the last eight games with a rib cage injury.

“I think we’ve done a great job of not completely falling apart,” Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said. “I’m proud of the way they played, and proud of the way they hustled. Hopefully we can get on a roll here when we get our guys back.”

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H. Nomo KC vs. T. Lilly LAD
4-11 Record 12-10
8.25 ERA 4.06
54 K 168
42 BB 89
1.75 WHIP 1.32