Odalis Perez flirted with a no-hitter the last time he took the mound.
Perez did not allow a hit through the first six innings of Monday’s 7-3 win over Milwaukee. He was charged with two earned runs and one hit over 6 1-3 innings in earning his third victory in as many starts.
“As a pitcher yes, of course, (you’re thinking about it),” Perez said of his no-hit bid. “After five innings to not see any hits, you look up at the scoreboard and you see what’s going on.”
Perez, who made just two starts in spring training while recovering from a strained left biceps, has allowed just four earned runs in 17 2-3 innings this season
“Before we take a performance like that and mar it by allowing him to face one too many hitters, I felt it was very right to leave him to face (Lyle) Overbay,” manager Jim Tracy said of his decision to pull Perez with one out in the seventh. “But then beyond that, I don’t sleep real good if I knew that I left him one hitter too long.”
The Dodgers could use another good outing from Perez after being pounded 9-1 by the Rockies in Friday’s series opener. Jason Jennings pitched a complete game, and Brad Hawpe hit a two-run homer for Colorado.
The loss was the second straight for Los Angeles following an eight-game winning streak. Jeff Kent accounted for the Dodgers’ only run with a solo homer.
Colorado has won four of five since opening the season 2-12—the worst start in franchise history.