Greinke was the losing pitcher Saturday despite allowing three hits over seven innings. Kershaw allowed one run over eight innings Sunday and was in line for the win when Kenley Jansen entered in the ninth inning with the Dodgers leading 2-1.Making his first appearance in seven days, Jansen allowed a leadoff single by Astros rookie Carlos Correa, who stole second base and scored on an RBI single by Marwin Gonzalez. It was Jansen’s second blown save of the season.“Just got lucky today,” said Jansen, who was admittedly frustrated. “Two bulls— hits. What can I do? I can’t beat myself up.”Chris Hatcher (1-5) faced two batters in the 10th inning. He threw eight pitches, all fastballs. Castro hit the last one just above the yellow stripe atop the left-field wall at Minute Maid Park. HOUSTON >> Having baseball’s highest payroll does not ensure immunity from being no-hit, as the Dodgers demonstrated Friday, or even heartbreaking losses like Sunday’s, when Jason Castro’s home run in the 10th inning gave the Houston Astros a 3-2 win.Still, money has its perks. Prior to this week the Dodgers hadn’t lost five games in a row since May 2013, and hadn’t been swept in a series in which both Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke started since August of last year. Suddenly, even regular-season consistency is beyond the grasp of the Dodgers’ mighty budget.“I do look at it like missed opportunities when those guys pitch,” manager Don Mattingly said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error All five of the Dodgers’ losses have come on the road, dropping their record away from Dodger Stadium to 25-36.The bullpen isn’t totally to blame. The Dodgers were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position Sunday, bringing their tally on the road trip to 2 for 26. The Dodgers have traded for Chase Utley and hired Ron Roenicke to coach third base. They have benched Joc Pederson and made Kiké Hernandez their starting center fielder, a move Mattingly made official Sunday morning. Try as they might, the Dodgers have only fallen farther in the standings this week – now 1 1/2 games ahead of the second-place San Francisco Giants.“I hope we’re panicking a little bit,” said Kershaw, who didn’t walk a batter and struck out 10. “I think panic’s a good thing, to a certain extent. It’s August whatever it is and we have five weeks … There need to be a sense of urgency. Maybe that’s better to say than panic.”The Dodgers got a run in the first inning when Chase Utley doubled off the base of the left-field wall, went to third on a wild pitch, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Justin Turner. Houston right-hander Lance McCullers allowed a double to A.J. Ellis in the fifth inning, followed by two wild pitches that allowed Ellis to move up one base, giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.Kershaw didn’t allow a runner past second base until the sixth inning, when Jose Altuve hit a double to left field, fair by mere inches. Gomez followed with a single, sending Altuve to third.The next batter, Carlos Correa, hit a ground ball back to the mound that Kershaw attempted to glove with his backhand. The ball bounced off his leg and Altuve scored, bringing the Astros within 2-1.“I’ve got to make that play,” Kershaw said. “It was like a changeup, almost. I kind of reacted too fast and my foot got in the way of my glove. That’s a double-play ball right there. That would have stopped the damage.”Altuve was 6 for 11 in the three-game series and scored three runs.
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