Escobar tries for his first win in eight starts when the Angels wrap up a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Sunday.
Escobar (5-8, 3.54 ERA) allowed only two runs in seven innings Monday, but lost 2-1 to San Francisco. The Angels have scored just 15 runs during a seven-start winless streak for Escobar, who has given up two earned runs in each of his last four outings.
The Angels defense hasn’t helped either, as Los Angeles has allowed nine unearned runs in Escobar’s last seven games.
“It is tough. At the same time I’m very pleased,” Escobar said. “I’m going out there in most of my games and I’ve kept the team in the ballgame. But I’m not getting good results, as you can see. It is frustrating, but I can’t control that.”
Escobar has made two appearances against the Diamondbacks, both in relief on June 21-22, 2002, when he was with Toronto. He gave up two runs in 1 1-3 innings, and took the loss in the first outing.
The Angels (34-40) won their third straight Saturday, 6-4 over the Diamondbacks in 13 innings. Pinch-hitter Robb Quinlan hit a two-out, two-run game-winning homer for Los Angeles, which rallied from a four-run deficit entering the seventh inning.
“I can’t tell you what a big hit that was for us at that point,” manager Mike Scioscia said of Quinlan’s shot. “It saved some pitching for us and got (Francisco Rodriguez) in there for a save. It took a while but we put one on the board.”
Before the game, Los Angeles placed third baseman Dallas McPherson on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 22 with back spasms.
The Diamondbacks are the only team in baseball without an interleague win at 0-8.
“We’re going to keep swinging, keep grinding,” Hudson said. “We have a long season ahead of us. We’re not going to put our heads between our tails.”
Miguel Batista (6-5, 5.02) will try to end the Diamondbacks’ losing streak— as well as his own. He dropped his third straight start Tuesday, allowing six runs and a season high-tying 11 hits in five innings of an 8-5 defeat to Tampa Bay.
Batista, who won three straight starts before his current slide, has a 9.39 ERA during the losing streak.
Batista is 1-2 with a 5.51 ERA in seven appearances, including two starts, against the Angels.