MILWAUKEE (AP) -- After winning seven straight games, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been anything but lucky.
Los Angeles lost its third straight Tuesday night, falling to the Milwaukee Brewers 9-0 as Doug Davis pitched a four-hitter and Corey Hart drove in a career-high six runs.The Dodgers have been outscored 27-8 in their last three games.
For the first time in more than three decades, there were seven shutouts in the major leagues on one day on Tuesday night.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the most shutouts on one day since there were a record eight on June 4, 1972, when 16 games were played. Thirteen games were played Tuesday.
"When you don't score runs, you look flat," Los Angeles manager Grady Little said. "There is no getting around that. But we will put this game behind us and come back tomorrow and see if we will be ready to beat on somebody. Then when we start hitting
the ball, starting having baserunners, we won't look flat anymore. I guarantee you."Los Angeles, which had opened a 7½-game lead in the NL West on
July 26, leads second-place San Diego just just one game."It's hard to get it going if you are not getting any baserunners, and we didn't get too many tonight," Little said.Davis (10-9) struck out eight, walked one and retired his final 16 batters in his third career shutout, his first since a seven-hitter at Minnesota on May 21, 2005. He had lost his three previous starts since beating Pittsburgh on Aug. 15."I worked ahead, expanded my offspeed [pitches] and made them swing at some pitches," Davis said.Hart, who entered with four solo homers this year, had a three-run drive in the first off Mark Hendrickson (1-7) and a solo shot in the fifth for his first career multihomer game."You don't know that Doug is going to throw the game he did," said Hart, who had a seven-RBI game with Double-A Huntsville.Hart also hit a sacrifice fly in the third and had an RBI forceout in the seventh. It was his first multi-RBI game this season."He's a kid who can get hot and do some things," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "Cory's had success everywhere he's been. We know Cory is going to be a good player one day and play everyday."Hendrickson lasted just four innings for the second straight time, giving up five runs four earned and seven hits. He has lost three straight decisions and has just one victory since June 20."It's kind of been frustrating for me," Hendrickson said. "Obviously, I am not executing my pitches as well as I would like, and I am not really getting away with any mistakes. It just comes back down to executing pitches a lot better."
The previous Brewer to drive in six RBI in a game was J.J. Hardy on Sept. 7 last year at Cincinnati. ... Davis' only other career appearance against Los Angeles was on June 1, 2004. ... Los Angeles reliever Eric Stults made his major-league debut, allowing three runs and five hits in three innings. ... Kevin Mench's single in the third snapped an 0-for-12 skid. ... Los Angeles recalled infielder Oscar Robles and outfielder Delwyn Young from Triple-A Las Vegas. ... Milwaukee reliever Matt Wise, on the disabled list since Aug. 14, is to have season-ending surgery Thursday on the ulnar nerve in his right elbow. ... The seven shutouts in the major leagues on Tuesday are the most in one day since June 4, 1972, when there were eight. The eight shutouts that day are the most in one day in major-league history.