Andy Pettitte doesn’t want to take a two-month winless drought into the All-Star break.
Still working his way back from an elbow injury, the left-hander will try for his first victory since May 15 when the Houston Astros open a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.
Signed away from the New York Yankees this past offseason, Pettitte got off to a strong start with Houston, going 4-1 with a 3.81 ERA in his first five starts. However, Pettitte has been shelved twice by a nagging left elbow, including a stint on the disabled list from May 26 to June 29.
He is winless in two outings since his return, and four straight starts overall. On Sunday, Pettitte was pounded for a season high-tying six runs and eight hits over five innings in an 18-3 loss to Texas at Minute Maid Park.
“This is very disappointing,” said Pettitte, who has failed to go beyond five innings in any of his last four starts. “I was bad. I need to get a lot better.”
The Astros have lost four of five, including a 7-2 setback in Thursday’s series opener.
Newly added to the NL All-Star roster, Paul Lo Duca celebrated with a home run as the Dodgers won their sixth straight and climbed into sole possession of first place in the NL West.
Despite the hot stretch, the Dodgers lost a pair of regulars during Thursday’s win.
Third baseman Adrian Beltre, removed from Wednesday’s game after five innings because of a strained right quadriceps, was taken out after the second inning for the same reason. Shawn Green left for a pinch-runner in the fifth after getting hit on the left knee by a pitch from reliever Kirk Bullinger.
Both are listed as day-to-day.