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Lowe, Dodgers keep Nats off board for second straight game

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- Derek Lowe did a little bit of everything for the Dodgers.

Lowe pitched seven scoreless innings, reached base three times and scored a run to help Los Angeles shut out the Washington Nationals for the second straight game, 5-0 on Wednesday night.

Lowe (5-5) gave up three hits, struck out five and walked two while allowing only one batter past first base. He combined with relievers Joe Beimel and Rudy Seanez on a four-hitter.

"The final line score looked good, but it was a struggle," Lowe said. "The outs weren't coming easy. Early in the game, the stuff wasn't there, so you kind of have to grind it out."

Lowe said it took some time to find his stuff, but that he felt more comfortable after the first few innings. He retired nine if a row at one point from the third through the sixth innings.

"As the game went on, it seemed like I got a little bit better," Lowe said. "Today was just a day where I was fortunate to make one good pitch per at-bat."

Washington manager Manny Acta didn't seem to think Lowe had very much trouble.

"He's pretty tough," Acta said. "He's got to be off his game for you to do any damage and he wasn't."

Lowe also helped at the plate. He entered the game with a .105 batting average but singled once, walked twice and scored a run, reaching base in all three plate appearances.

The Dodgers haven't given Lowe much support at times this season, scoring three runs or less in five of his first 11 starts. But two of Lowe's at-bats led to runs.

"I tell you what, Derek was good at the plate, too," Los Angeles manager Grady Little said. "He had a couple of big walks, a base hit that contributed to some of the run scoring. It was good to see him come away from there with a win. Maybe that will get him off onto a roll."

Los Angeles opened the three-game series Tuesday with a 10-0 victory and got help from starting pitcher Brad Penny at the plate in that contest. He went 2-for-2, and the Dodger starters are 3-for-3 with two walks and a sacrifice in the first two games.

Lowe took care of the first seven innings, and Beimel worked the eighth and Seanez pitched the ninth.

Nationals starter Mike Bacsik (1-1) allowed six hits and four runs -- two earned -- in six innings.

The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the fifth. Luis Gonzalez led off with a double and moved up when Russell Martin grounded out. Andre Ethier lined an RBI double and after Lowe walked, Rafael Furcal singled home a run.

Martin hit a two-run homer in the sixth for a 4-0 lead. The Dodgers got a break when Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman misplayed Jeff Kent's one-out grounder, and Martin's two-out homer gave Los Angeles a pair of unearned runs.

"I think pitching has been holding us together this year," Martin said. "(But) hitting's going to come along. We've got some guys that hit for a lot of years, and we've got some young guys who can do it, too."

Lowe got a one-out walk in the fifth against reliever Ray King and later scored on Nomar Garciaparra's infield single for a 5-0 lead.

The Nationals' recent offensive problems continued as they didn't even threaten. They last scored a run in the eighth inning Sunday in a loss in St. Louis.

This was the first time the Nationals have been shut out in consecutive games since May 16-17, 2006, against the Chicago Cubs.

Notes

  • Furcal has a 15-game hitting streak, tying his career best.
  • Los Angeles improved to a season-best 10 games over .500.
  • The Nationals are just 7-18 against teams outside the NL East. They are 14-14 against the NL East.
 
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Derek Lowe fires seven scoreless innings, reaches base three times and also scores a run for L.A. (AP)
Derek Lowe fires seven scoreless innings, reaches base three times and also scores a run for L.A. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

D. Lowe
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 5
Los Angeles

R. Martin
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5021001 .309
Juan Pierre, CF4000004 .281
Nomar Garciaparra, 1B4011000 .289
Jeff Kent, 2B4100022 .279
Luis Gonzalez, LF4120011 .286
    Brady Clark, LF0000000 .234
Russell Martin, C4112012 .303
Andre Ethier, RF4111000 .272
Tony Abreu, 3B4000001 .250
Derek Lowe, P1110200 .150
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   a- Wilson Betemit, PH1000000 .184
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
Totals3558524  
a-grounded out for Beimel in the 9th
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (11, King), Luis Gonzalez (7, Bacsik), Andre Ethier (9, Bacsik)
HR - Russell Martin (4, Bacsik)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (16), Nomar Garciaparra (31), Russell Martin 2 (36), Andre Ethier (24)
2-OUT RBI - Rafael Furcal (12), Nomar Garciaparra (8), Russell Martin 2 (14)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Kent-Furcal-Garciaparra
E - Rafael Furcal (8, Missed catch of throw)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Derek Lowe (W,5-5) 7300250 3.32
Joe Beimel 1000010 3.91
Rudy Seanez 1100010 2.77
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 113-64, Joe Beimel 8-7, Rudy Seanez 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 11-4, Rudy Seanez 1-0
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 25, Joe Beimel 3, Rudy Seanez 3
Washington Nationals
Felipe Lopez, 2B4010000 .259
Cristian Guzman, SS4020011 .267
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3000122 .242
Dmitri Young, 1B4000011 .290
Austin Kearns, RF3000000 .254
Ryan Church, LF2010100 .260
Brian Schneider, C3000001 .234
Nook Logan, CF3000020 .236
Mike Bacsik Jr., P1000010 .000
   a- Ryan Langerhans, PH1000000 .149
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Batista, PH1000000 .200
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
Totals2904027  
a-flied out for Bacsik in the 6th
b-flied out for Rivera in the 8th
Batting
CS - Felipe Lopez (5, 2nd base by Lowe/Martin), Ryan Church (1, 2nd base by Lowe/Martin)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Bacsik-Guzman-Young
E - Cristian Guzman (5, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
Mike Bacsik Jr. (L,1-1) 6642111 2.29
Ray King 0.2111100 5.79
Saul Rivera 1.1100030 3.95
Jesus Colome 1000000 2.14
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Bacsik Jr. 74-48, Ray King 14-8, Saul Rivera 19-12, Jesus Colome 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Bacsik Jr. 10-7, Ray King 2-0, Saul Rivera 1-0, Jesus Colome 2-1
Batters Faced - Mike Bacsik Jr. 25, Ray King 4, Saul Rivera 5, Jesus Colome 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22360
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi