PHOENIX (AP) — The only solace in all these losses for the Los Angeles Dodgers is that they aren't losing any ground in the NL wild-card race.
"We have to feel fortunate, but I don't really want to feel fortunate like that," manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday night after his team's latest defeat. "I'd rather feel fortunate that we are winning, winning, winning and keeping us in the hunt."
Trevor Cahill pitched seven terrific innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks got consecutive RBI singles from Justin Upton and Gerardo Parra in a 3-2 victory over Los Angeles.
The slumping Dodgers, who have lost six of seven, squandered another chance to pull even with St. Louis in the chase for the second NL wild-card spot. The Cardinals lost 3-2 to San Diego earlier Wednesday, their 11th defeat in 15 games.
Los Angeles remained a game behind St. Louis, with the teams beginning a four-game series Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.
"I'm sure people are getting tired of hearing me say it, but we have to turn the page," Mattingly said. "St. Louis and ourselves, we have let a lot of people back in the race — but it's still in our hands. No matter how bad it has looked and no matter where it has been, it's still right there for us."
A lack of offense is the reason for the Dodgers' recent slide.
Los Angeles, which dropped seven games behind first-place San Francisco in the NL West, is batting .184 in its last five games with one homer and seven runs. The Dodgers have scored more than three runs in a game twice in 11 games this month.
Facing division rival Los Angeles for the fourth time in two months, Cahill (11-11) got through a rocky first inning before mixing four pitches to retire 20 of his final 22 batters.
"I felt confident I could throw all four pitches anytime in the count," said Cahill, who has won his last four starts against Los Angeles.
The right-hander scattered four hits, struck out seven and did not walk a batter for the second time this season. David Hernandez pitched the ninth for his second save in two nights, retiring Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez in order.
Gonzalez struck out three times after hitting a two-run double in the first and was still fuming after the game about a called third strike in the ninth.
"It should have been ball four," Gonzalez said. "Game on the line, ninth inning, 3-2 pitch, he made a great pitch but it is a ball. That shouldn't happen, not in the time of the game like that. ... Day in and day out we take pitches that are close and they are always a strike. Situations when you are trying to get something going, it is taken away from you just because. Guys have been saying it throughout the league — the ninth inning, they are pulling the trigger and stuff. This is all year long, every team.