Arizona (39-42) at Los Angeles (38-41)

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  • Game info: 4:10 pm EDT Sat Jul 2, 2005
  • TV: FOX
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Hee-Seop Choi needs to make some adjustments.

The Dodgers’ first baseman hopes to break out of his slump when Los Angeles continues a three-game series with the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

Choi appeared to be heating up when he homered seven times in 13 at-bats from June 10-14. But he has had major problems since, going 4-for-36 (.111) with just one extra-base hit.

The Dodgers believe the homer binge may have caused Choi’s slump.

“I just think he’s crouching over too much with his upper body now,” Los Angeles hitting coach Tim Wallach said. “By staying tall, he can handle a lot more pitches. He doesn’t need to try to hit home runs, obviously. All he has to do is make good solid contact and he’s going to hit some.”

Choi did not see action in Friday’s series-opening 7-0 win. Brad Penny allowed three hits over eight innings and J.D. Drew and Mike Edwards each homered as Los Angeles improved to 3-1 on a six-game homestand.

Jeff Kent made just his third start of the season at first base, with Antonio Perez playing second. Kent is hitting .583 (8-for-15) over the last four games.

Dodgers starter Derek Lowe is 0-3 with a 4.74 ERA over his last four starts. Lowe did not receive a decision Sunday after giving up three runs and six hits over seven innings in a 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

The veteran right-hander is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three career starts against the Diamondbacks—all this season. Lowe last faced Arizona on May 27 and surrendered three runs and six hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 7-4 victory.

Arizona has lost four straight to fall into a second-place tie in the NL West with Los Angeles. The Diamondbacks have been outscored 31-7 during their skid.

Arizona has lost 20 of 29 overall.

“The next 40 games are going to define where we’re going to be, so it’s very important to know that there is some urgency to it,” Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said.

“We have struggled, and it’s been too long. It’s been a full month and the good teams don’t struggle any longer than that, or even that long.”

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