LOS ANGELES (AP) -The Dodgers aren't scoring much. It hasn't really mattered.
became the latest Los Angeles starter to turn in a dominating performance, taking a perfect game into the seventh inning of
a 2-1 victory over the
on Wednesday night.
''It's hard to have the kind of pitching we've had on such a consistent basis,'' Los Angeles manager
said. ''That's something you can look back and say, 'Yeah, I remember that.'
''We've struggled scoring runs and the only reason we're sitting where we are now is basically because of our starting pitchers.''
Helping the Dodgers pull back into a tie with Arizona atop the AL West, Lowe retired the first 18 batters before
led off the seventh with a clean single to center.
replaced Lowe after
homered in the eighth.
Lowe (7-8) gave up one run, walked two and struck out four in 7 2-3 innings. He needed to be sharp because Atlanta's
, who didn't allow a runner until the fifth inning, limited the Dodgers to two runs and four hits in seven innings.
''You know every pitch can change the outcome of the game, and so I think mentally you really grind out every single pitch
maybe where you wouldn't if it was a bigger lead,'' Lowe said.
Hudson (9-7) allowed his first runner when
led off the fifth with a double, then gave up a solo homer to
in the sixth, and an RBI single to
in the seventh.
The Braves' right-hander complimented his Dodgers counterpart.
''Lowe was locked in tonight. It was a good one for a while, but I gave up a couple of runs,'' Hudson said. ''It's unfortunate
that two pitches can cost you the game, but that was the case. The runs were few and far between.''
pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 17th save in 20 chances in a game that lasted exactly 2 hours.
Lowe extended the Dodgers' streak of exceptional starts.
On Monday night,
took a perfect game into the eighth before
hit a leadoff double. That turned out to be the Braves' only baserunner. That one lasted 2:03.
On Tuesday night,
held the Braves hitless through the first four innings, although the Braves won that game 9-3.
''Our pitching staff has been carrying us all year long,'' Dodgers catcher
said, ''They've got maybe the best total pitching staff that we've seen. Good pitching will shut you down.''
Kemp homered to center, his eighth of the season, with two outs in the sixth. It was only the second hit off Hudson.
Jones, the former Braves' All-Star who has slumped in his first season in Los Angeles, singled home a run in the seventh for
a 2-0 lead. Usually booed when he comes to the plate, he delivered after an intentional walk.
After Blanco singled in the seventh, he advanced to third on a hit-and-run when Yunei Escobar grounded out. But Lowe then
on a comebacker, and ended the threat when
caught Teixeira's long fly close to the wall in left.
The boos for Jones turned to cheers after his RBI single, then a standing ovation as he trotted off the field after sliding
hard into second baseman
to break up a possible double play.
Notes: Last Saturday,
held the Dodgers hitless, but the Dodgers still won 1-0 on an unearned run. The Angels didn't get credit for a no-hitter,
since the Dodgers didn't have to bat in the ninth. ...
will resume his duties as Dodgers hitting coach after the All-Star break. Mattingly, hired as part of Torre's staff during
the offseason, asked to be switched from hitting coach to major league special assignment coach, citing family reasons.
, who has filled in as hitting coach on an interim basis, will remain with the organization in another capacity. ... Lowe
and Hudson were teammates in the 2000 All-Star game in Atlanta, Lowe representing Boston and Hudson from Oakland. ... Hudson,
who along with
formed Oakland's ''Big Three,'' at the beginning of this decade, became the first member of that trio to reach 2,000 innings
when he retired Kemp on a grounder to shortstop to open the fourth.