The Dodgers scratched out only three singles off Escobar in eight scoreless innings, grounding into three double plays to snuff out potential rallies. They had only one hit between the first and ninth inning and scored their only run with two out in the ninth on an RBI double from Kent off Scot Shields that scored Juan Pierre."Sometimes the other team plays a little bit better," said Lowe, who struck out six without a walk. "They're just a good team. That organization over there doesn't get enough credit. Their offense doesn't hit home runs, but so what? They continue to put pressure on you. They execute extremely well." And the Dodgers did not. They were 2-for-22 with runners in scoring position in the series. And they follow one hot opponent (the Angels have a five-game win streak) with another (Milwaukee's also in first place). "With things like this, only time will tell," Lowe said. "We have to bounce back against another extremely hot team. Every team goes through these bumps. This team will find a way to get going again." The Dodgers now are 1-20 in road Interleague games since 2005 and are 3-14 in the last 17 games at Angel Stadium. "This kind of thing happens," said Little. "We started the week great and ended up playing poorly. We've got to get it turned around. We've got a lot of good hitters, and we have a lot of faith in what they can do. The other club got hits in key situations and caught the balls and we didn't. That was the difference. We didn't play good baseball defensively, and every mistake, we paid for it." The Dodgers are now 6-13 when they score three runs or fewer, and they've been doing that with increasing frequency (nine of the last 19 games). They lead the league in stranding runners and are 14th in home runs with only 23 in 44 games.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.