Los Angeles (74-54) at New York (60-67)

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  • Game info: 1:15 pm EDT Sat Aug 28, 2004
  • TV: FOX
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Odalis Perez looks to bounce back from a poor outing and help the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers do the same as they continue a three-game series with the New York Mets at Shea Stadium.

The 27-year-old left-hander entered his last start with a 2-0 record and 0.98 ERA in his previous four appearances. However, Perez succumbed to the lowly Montreal Expos on Monday, giving up seven runs and nine hits, including three homers, over four innings of an 8-7 loss.

“I don’t think I did nothing wrong,” said Perez, who did not receive a decision. “You think your stuff is working, and it doesn’t work—nobody’s perfect. There are going to be days when you get crushed and leave the game. It’s one of those days. I’m not concerned about it.”

Dodgers manager Jim Tracy didn’t seem alarmed about Perez’s performance.

“His location wasn’t very good,” said Tracy. “He just wasn’t sharp— that’s all.”

The entire Dodger rotation has been struggling of late as Los Angeles has lost four of its last six games. Wilson Alvarez became the fourth starter in that span to give up at least six runs as the Mets won 9-1 on Friday.

“We had a good winning streak in the past, and a losing streak in the past,” said Perez, who is 4-1 in his last 15 starts. “After that, we’ve been playing together, playing fine. We just have to regroup back and go back to business.”

Pinch-hitter Jayson Werth homered as the Dodgers dropped to 2-3 on their season-high 13-game road trip. All-Star third baseman Adrian Beltre, an emerging candidate for NL MVP, went 0-for-4 to snap a 12-game hitting streak.

Rookie David Wright drove in three runs and Eric Valent launched his third pinch-hit homer of the season as the Mets snapped a season high-tying five-game losing streak. The nine runs, including six in the opening inning, matched the amount they scored during the slump.

“It was nice, especially right out of the chute,” said Mets manager Art Howe, who held a meeting with his hitters before the game.

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O. Perez Was vs. J. Seo TB
7-6 Record 5-10
3.25 ERA 4.90
128 K 54
44 BB 50
1.14 WHIP 1.56