The 27-year-old left-hander has always excelled in the hottest month of the season, going 9-2 with a 2.56 ERA in 16 career August starts. This year has been no different as Perez is 2-0 with an 0.98 ERA in four starts this month.
The Dominican southpaw gave up one earned run and six hits over eight strong innings on Wednesday but did not receive a decision in Los Angeles’ 6-4 loss to the Florida Marlins as Eric Gagne blew his second save in six weeks.
”(Gagne) is not perfect, he’s human. It was just one of those tough nights,” said Perez, who has a 2.75 ERA—third-best in the league—but has not received a decision in 13 of his 23 starts.
It was one of three shaky performances last week for Gagne, the 2003 NL Cy Young Award winner, who had converted 84 consecutive saves until blowing one against Arizona on July 5. The Montreal native and former Expo gave up six runs and nine hits over three innings and lost two decisions during the rough stretch.
“I’d say that 13-0 would be a successful trip,” joked Dodgers manager Jim Tracy when asked what he would consider a successful trip. “Nothing has changed from the standpoint that we’ll go to each city and try to win the series. If we continue to do that or split a series if it’s four games, we won’t hurt ourselves.”
“Right now, we’re in first place,” said Los Angeles’ Shawn Green, who had five homers and eight RBIs during the homestand. “And we’re in control.”
Juan Rivera went 4-for-5 with a homer, two RBIs and three runs scored to lead Montreal to an 8-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. Ryan Church, who replaced the injured Nick Johnson on the roster, had three hits and drove in two runs in his major league debut for the Expos, who are 3-4 in their last seven games.