With first place in their sights, the Dodgers will try to keep their recent solid play going and get Gagne back in a position to start a new streak when they continue their three-game series with the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.
Gagne failed to protect a 5-3 lead on Monday as his major league-record streak of 84 consecutive saves came to an end. However, the Dodgers went on to win their third straight and sixth in their last eight games, 6-5 in 10 innings on Shawn Green’s sacrifice fly.
Set to appear in next week’s All-Star game in Houston, Gagne had not blown a save in the regular season since Aug. 26, 2002. His record is 30 more than the previous mark of 54 straight saves, set by Tom Gordon for Boston from April 19, 1998 to June 5, 1999.
“I never really thought about the streak at all,” Gagne said. “I’m not really relieved about it, but it was so much fun to be a part of it.”
The Dodgers are just one game behind first-place San Diego in the NL West.
Owners of the third-worst record in the majors, the Diamondbacks have dropped three of four and 14 of their last 17.
It remains to be seen what the Diamondbacks will do with the few veteran players they have prior to the July 31 trade deadline. It’s widely known several teams want left-hander Randy Johnson, while others have expressed interest in veterans such as Steve Finley.
“You know what? I’m an Arizona Diamondback right now and nobody’s said a word to me,” Finley said. “I look at rumors in paper, and that’s what they are—they’re rumors. If I consume myself with that, I’m not going to do a good job on the field. I just go out there and play every day and we’ll see what happens.”
The 39-year-old center fielder hit his team-leading 20th home run and knocked in three runs on Monday. He’s batting .298 with 44 RBIs and 54 runs scored.