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Kuroda sharp, but bats can't solve Johan

Kuroda sharp, but bats can't solve Johan

NEW YORK -- The Dodgers' offense remained disabled along with Manny Ramirez on Tuesday, getting blanked by the Mets, 4-0, in the first game of a doubleheader.

It was the second successive shutout loss by the Dodgers and the second consecutive game they've wasted a quality start, as Hiroki Kuroda limited the Mets two runs over six innings. Chad Billingsley allowed Washington just one run in six innings in Sunday's 1-0 loss.

The Dodgers are 1-3 with a total of five runs scored since Ramirez was disabled with a strained right calf. The Mets ran their win streak to five with the victory.

Both teams loaded the bases in the second inning. The Dodgers did it on walks to run up Johan Santana's pitch count, but he ended the inning by striking out Kuroda. The Mets sandwiched Ike Davis' double between a pair of walks and Kuroda wild pitched David Wright home with the bases loaded and one out.

Jason Bay extended the advantage leading off the fourth inning with his first home run of the year. New York loaded the bases off reliever Jon Link in the seventh and Luis Castillo greeted Ramon Troncoso with a two-run single.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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