Odalis Perez has earned a decision in just 10 of his 25 starts this season. He’s trying not to let it bother him.
Perez will be back on the mound when the NL West-leading Dodgers close out their three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark.
The 27-year-old left-hander, who is 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break, has not earned a decision in any of his last three starts. He allowed two runs and four hits over six solid innings in the Dodgers’ 4-2 win over the New York Mets on Saturday.
“I know it’s another no-decision, but I left down a run and we came back and it was big for us to win the game,” Perez said. “I said after the last game, I don’t worry about it. I’m a good pitcher. I made the adjustment.”
The Dodgers, who have a 5 1/2 -game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the West, had won three straight before falling to the Diamondbacks 3-1 on Wednesday. They fell to 5-4 on their 13-game road trip.
The Diamondbacks, who have the worst record in the majors, will now turn to Casey Fossum as they try to win their second consecutive series.
After losing six straight decisions, Fossum has won two in a row for the first time this season. The 26-year-old left-hander allowed two runs and three hits over six innings Saturday in a 6-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
“He had a live fastball, and he was throwing his curveball for strikes,” Diamondbacks manager Al Pedrique said. “He had a sharp breaking ball.”