The Dodgers were outscored 14-6 in three straight losses to the red-hot Cardinals. Los Angeles had not been swept by St. Louis since June 23-25, 2000. The Dodgers, who have a 3 1/2 -game lead in the NL West, have lost four of five and went 6-7 on a 13-game road trip.
“It’s not a fantastic trip but it’s not a bad trip, either,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.
Adrian Beltre’s league-leading 44th home run ended a 19-inning scoring drought for Los Angeles in Sunday’s 6-5 loss in 11 innings to the Cardinals.
“Our pitching staff was good the whole series,” Beltre said. “We just didn’t swing the bats.”
Beltre was one of the only Dodgers swinging a hot bat on the road trip. The third baseman hit .407 (22-for-54) during the trip.
The Dodgers hope to get their bats going against Diamondbacks right-hander Brandon Webb.
The 25-year-old Webb, who is 6-14, has pitched much better since the All-Star break, with a 3.08 ERA in 10 starts.
Webb is coming off a 3-1 win over the Dodgers in his last outing on Sept. 1. The sinkerballer held Los Angeles to one unearned run and three hits while striking out seven in six innings.
The Diamondbacks have lost four straight since and six of their last seven.
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