Timely hitting and strong starting pitching put the Los Angeles Dodgers on top in the NL West, but they fell short in those areas to end their winning streak.
Following a brief stay atop the division, the Dodgers will try get back on track with Hyun-jin Ryu taking the mound Wednesday against the visiting Cleveland Indians.
Trailing first-place San Francisco by 9 1/2 games on June 8, Los Angeles starters posted a 2.17 ERA during a 16-6 stretch that moved them ahead of the reeling Giants. The offense also played a role, hitting .308 with runners in scoring position.
Josh Beckett, however, wasn't able to continue that success on the mound Tuesday, allowing five runs over five innings in a 10-3 loss that kept the Dodgers (48-38) from winning four straight for the first time in 2014.
Though they went 5 for 13 with runners in scoring position, the Dodgers were 0 for 6 with the bases loaded over the first, second and fifth innings. They've gone 8 for 55 (.145) in bases-loaded situations on...