Game 57: By any name, the problem’s the same.

Andre Ethier

Andre Ethier makes a catch in foul territory, leaning over the railing in the eighth inning Sunday. It was Ethier’s third start in left field all season. (Stephen Carr/Staff photographer)


The Cardinals rallied against the Dodgers’ bullpen to win 4-2 on Sunday, but scoring appears to be the deeper problem. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Andre Ethier returned to left field with relatively little fanfare.

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Game 55: Brett Anderson and the Dodgers are skunked again.

Dodger Stadium skunks

Animal control workers investigate the presence of skunks beneath a photographer’s well in the Cardinals’ dugout before Friday’s game. (Associated Press photo)

By the time this homestand is over, the Dodgers will have played 35 of their first 60 games this season at home. Between that and the record payroll, they really should be in first place in the National League West.

They are tonight, but only by the slimmest of margins after losing 2-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals. Brett Anderson had a funny quote in my story, but you knew he was a funny guy already.

Tonight’s box score is here.
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Game 49: The Dodgers really don’t like the strike zone in St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS — Well, that was frustrating.

Read who got ejected from today’s loss to the Cardinals in my game story.

Paco Rodriguez ‘fessed up Sunday: He knew his velocity was down, the team was concerned, and he’s flying back to Los Angeles to meet with Dr. Neal ElAttrache tomorrow. Deep breath. It isn’t Tommy John surgery — yet — but it isn’t as optimistic as Rodriguez made it sound Saturday, either.

Sunday’s box score is here.

The Giants lost, so the Dodgers remain a half-game up in the National League West standings.

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Game 47: A familiar result, an unfamiliar place in the standings.

Jon Jay

Jon Jay singled at the end of a 13-pitch at-bat against Paco Rodriguez in the eighth inning of the Dodgers’ 3-0 loss to the Cardinals on Friday. (Associated Press photo)

ST. LOUIS >> The Dodgers’ frustrations boiled over in a 3-0 loss to the Cardinals, their fourth straight scoreless defeat away from Dodger Stadium. It was a good day for looking ahead to the Corey Seager era — which isn’t at all a reflection on shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who went 2-for-4 with a double tonight.

Not long after the game went final, the Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 and surpassed the Dodgers for sole possession of first place in the National League West. The Dodgers haven’t had at least a share of first place since the ninth game of the season back on April 15.

Tonight’s box score is here.

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