Dodgers’ skid reaches 5 games
MIAMI — The Dodgers’ difficulty with last-place teams has become an issue coast to coast.
Los Angeles went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position against Wei-Yin Chen and four relievers and was beaten by a cellar-dweller for the fifth straight game, losing to the Miami Marlins 4-2 Tuesday night.
The Dodgers managed only five hits after being swept in a four-game series at home by woeful Cincinnati.
“We hit a lot of balls hard and didn’t get rewarded for it,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “The fight was there, and it just didn’t happen. I know it sounds redundant, but these are our guys, and we’ve got to keep going.”
Dodgers infielders Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe were activated before the game from the disabled list but couldn’t spark the defending NL champions, who have scored 11 runs during their skid.
Turner lined out sharply with runners at second and third to end the fifth.
“We didn’t get any love from that,” Roberts said.
The manager said Chris Taylor’s pop out with a runner at third and one out in the third was a pivotal moment.
“I don’t know if it was wanting to do too much, but I know he wishes he had that at-bat back,” Roberts said.