Playing in AL ballparks has presented plenty of problems for the Los Angeles Dodgers in recent years, and Camden Yards has been no exception this weekend.
Los Angeles tries to avoid matching its longest losing streak from last season and notch a rare road interleague win Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles .
Favored by many to win their first NL West title since 2009, the high-priced Dodgers have fallen short of expectations early on.
They won seven of their first 11 games but have been unable to maintain that success, losing six straight by a combined 36-13 score.
The skid continued with a pair of losses Saturday, as Los Angeles (7-10) squandered a four-run lead in a 7-5 loss in the opener of a split doubleheader before falling 6-1 in the nightcap.
Those defeats dropped the Dodgers to 7-19 in road interleague games since the start of 2010. They've lost seven of eight overall against the opposite league."There is a time when you feel like you just need a win," manager Don Mattingly said. "Really, this feels like one of those times. We just need to put a win on the board and get out of this."
Los Angeles, which lost seven in a row June 24-30, went 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position in the doubleheader and is 7 for 43 (.163) during the losing streak.
Manny Machado matched career highs with three hits and four RBIs Saturday night, falling a triple shy of the cycle for the Orioles (10-7), winners of a season-high three straight and seven of 10.
Baltimore has won 11 of 16 in interleague play."We've got to come out and be greedy and get the sweep," center fielder Adam Jones said.
Chris Davis hit his seventh homer - a 448-foot shot - in the nightcap and is 7 for 15 in his last four games. He leads the AL with seven homers and 21 RBIs.
Davis will get his first look at Chad Billingsley (1-0, 3.00 ERA), who was effective in two starts against San Diego since he was activated from the disabled list April 10 due to a bruised right index finger. He gave up a three-run homer to pitcher Eric Stults and six other hits over six innings Monday before leaving without a decision in a 6-3 loss.
The righty is 7-7 with a 4.24 ERA in 20 interleague starts, yielding 11 runs and 18 hits over 11 innings in losing the last two.
This will be his first appearance against the Orioles.
Baltimore's Jake Arrieta (1-0, 5.40) will try to build on his first win of the season, though he hopes to be far more efficient. The right-hander surrendered a home run on the first pitch he threw, walked five and needed 112 pitches to complete five innings but still beat Tampa Bay 5-4 on Tuesday. He allowed just the one run and struck out seven to earn his first victory since June 13."The win is the biggest part of the night," said Arrieta, who has pitched five innings in each of his three starts - all Baltimore victories. "I would have liked to be out there a little bit longer but the pitch count got up."
He went 1-2 with a 4.65 ERA in five starts against the NL last season, but allowed one run in three of those outings.
|Jerry Hairston Jr.||4||.250||1||0||1||0||0||.250||.500||.250|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|April 17, 2013||Chris Capuano||15-Day DL||Strained left calf|
|April 13, 2013||Shawn Tolleson||15-Day DL||Strained lower back|
|April 12, 2013||Zack Greinke||Day-to-Day||Broken left collarbone|
|April 12, 2013||Zack Greinke||15-Day DL||Broken left collarbone|
|March 28, 2013||Ted Lilly||15-Day DL||Left shoulder labrum surgery|
|March 22, 2013||Chad Billingsley||15-Day DL||Right index finger contusion|
|April 07, 2013||Nolan Reimold||Day-to-Day||Right hamstring tightness|
|April 05, 2013||Brian Roberts||15-Day DL||Ruptured tendon, right knee|
|April 04, 2013||Brian Roberts||Day-to-Day||Right hamstring injury|
|March 26, 2013||Wilson Betemit||60-Day DL||Right PCL tear|
|March 23, 2013||Steve Johnson||15-Day DL||Strained right lat|
|March 22, 2013||Tsuyoshi Wada||60-Day DL||Recovery from left elbow surgery|
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers got a coveted victory, and it didn't matter one bit whether they earned it or had it handed to them.
What counted was that their six-game losing streak was over.
Mark Ellis drove in three runs, and Los Angeles beat erratic Jake Arrieta and the Baltimore Orioles 7-4 Sunday for their first win in over a week.
Matt Kemp singled in the go-ahead run during a four-run fifth inning, and the Dodgers received a solid performance from their bullpen in the finale of the three-game interleague series.
Making his fourth start of the season, Arrieta (1-1) allowed only two singles in four-plus innings. But he walked five - three of whom scored - and hit a batter, who also came home.
"I really feel like the Dodgers didn't beat us today. I beat us," Arrieta said. "I put us in a tough situation, not giving up many hits at all, just making their job a lot easier by putting them on base for free. It's unacceptable."
Adam Jones homered and Chris Davis had three hits for the Orioles, who blew an early 4-1 lead.
Los Angeles starter Stephen Fife , recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque before the game as an emergency replacement for Chad Billingsley , gave up three runs in the first inning. But he ended up outlasting Arrieta, who couldn't get an out in the fifth.
"To just put them on free, when they're not having to work for it, is not good. It's really not," Arrieta said.
It was great for the Dodgers, however, who were delighted to end their longest losing streak since a seven-game run last June.
"Any win is big for us at the moment," Kemp said.
Manager Don Mattingly added, "It was obviously something that we needed. We talk about trying to get that rock rolling the other direction. It's got to start somewhere. That's a good start for us today."
After a day off Monday, Los Angeles will seek to build on that victory in New York against the Mets on Monday.
"You may look back in a week and say this is a big game if we start to put some (wins) together," Mattingly said. "If we go into New York and don't play well then you don't look at it as anything. It's really going to be up to us."
Before the game, the Dodgers put Billingsley on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow soreness and recalled Fife. Billingsley, who finished last season on the DL with soreness in the same elbow, will return to Los Angeles on Tuesday for further medical evaluation.
It was another blow to the struggling Dodgers, whose starting rotation was already without Zach Greinke (left broken collarbone), Chris Capuano (left calf strain) and Ted Lilly (left shoulder surgery).
Fife, who started five games with Los Angeles last season, allowed four runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings.
"Kind of below average," Fife said in assessing his performance. "I'd like to have come out of the game better, gotten deeper. I kind of failed in one aspect but gave us enough of a chance to walk out of here with a win."
J.P. Howell (1-0) gave up a single before getting the final out in the fifth. Matt Guerrier and Paco Rodriguez each pitched a hitless inning, Kenley Jansen allowed a single in the eighth and Brandon League got three outs for his fifth save.
Down 4-1, the Dodgers took advantage of Arrieta's wildness to score four runs in the fifth. After sandwiching two walks around a hit batter, Arrieta was pulled after giving up a two-run single to Ellis. Adrian Gonzalez greeted T.J. McFarland with a liner into the left-field corner that glanced off the glove of Nate McLouth for an RBI double, and Kemp capped the uprising with a run-scoring single.
The four runs matched the most by Los Angeles in one inning this season.
Arrieta, who gave up five runs, has not yet pitched more than five innings in any start this season. Over 19 innings, the right-hander has allowed 15 hits, 16 walks and 14 earned runs.
A.J. Ellis singled in a run in the seventh and Jerry Hairston delivered a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Baltimore welcomed Fife back to the majors in rude fashion, sending eight batters to the plate in a three-run first. Nick Markakis singled in a run, J.J. Hardy hit a bases-loaded single with two outs and Fife contributed to the onslaught by throwing a wild pitch and hitting a batter.
Arrieta retired the first six batters but lost control in the third. He walked three batters and yielded a sacrifice fly to Mark Ellis before striking out Kemp with two outs and the bases loaded.
In the bottom half, Jones hit a drive into the left field seats for a 4-1 lead.
NOTES: For the first time in six games, the Orioles did not allow a first-inning run. ... Baltimore will send Chris Tillman to the mound Monday in the opener of a three-game set against visiting Toronto. ... Jones has reached safely in 17 of 18 games. ... Davis went 7 for 12 in the series to up his batting average to .403.