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LAD@SF: Fife strong over 6 1/3 frames of one-run ball

Interleague play has not been kind to the Dodgers, nor has the past week.

Los Angeles lost six games in a row and hasn't won since last Saturday in Arizona. The Dodgers are 3-8 in their past 11 games in American League ballparks after losing both legs of a doubleheader Saturday in Baltimore.

After the Padres swept the Dodgers during a three-game series at Dodger Stadium to begin the week, Los Angeles believed a trip to the East Coast might do some good.

"Maybe it'll be good to get on the road and go into a hostile environment and rely on each other more," outfielder Andre Ethier said after a 9-2 loss Wednesday in San Diego.

Instead, the Dodgers are at risk of being swept again Sunday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series against the Orioles at Camden Yards.

With Chad Billingsley headed to the disabled list due to elbow pain, Dodgers right-hander Stephen Fife will be looking to play the role of stopper. Fife made five starts for the big league club last season, going 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA.

Unlike the Dodgers, the Orioles are streaking in the right direction. The O's have won three straight games and are 7-3 over their past 10.

Jake Arrieta will take the mound for the Orioles. Baltimore hasn't lost any of his three starts this season, despite the right-hander being unable to record an out after the fifth inning.

Arrieta needed 112 pitches to get 15 outs Tuesday against the Rays, striking out seven, but walking five. Still, Arrieta allowed just one run on three hits.

"They battled, but I had to do the same thing," Arrieta said. "I was a tick off with command. I battled myself a little bit, but found a way to get some big strikeouts in key situations."

The Orioles are 9-2 in their last 11 home games against the National League.

Dodgers: Crawford, Gonzalez remain consistent
• Left fielder Carl Crawford and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez have been the most consistent members of the Dodgers lineup through 17 games this season.

Crawford scored his team-leading 14th run during Saturday night's 6-1 loss. Crawford is hitting .349 and reaching base at a .414 clip from the top of the lineup. He leads the Dodgers with eight multi-hit games.

Gonzalez leads the Dodgers with 13 RBIs and drove in the club's only run Saturday night with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Gonzalez is hitting .377 and leads the Dodgers with 23 hits.

Despite strong offensive numbers from Crawford and Gonzalez, the Dodgers have scored only 47 runs this year, the second-lowest total in the National League.

Orioles: Pearce breaks out of slump
• Steve Pearce began the season with an 0-for-15 skid, but he has three RBIs and three hits in his past five at-bats.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter stuck with the designated hitter despite his early struggles, and Pearce delivered an RBI single to break a 4-4 tie in the sixth inning of Saturday afternoon's 7-5 win.

Pearce hit seven homers in Spring Training, which helped him make the Orioles' Opening Day roster. He clubbed his first regular season homer Thursday against the Rays, a two-run shot in the seventh inning to give Baltimore a 6-5 lead.

Worth noting
• The Orioles have won a franchise-record 99 consecutive regular season games when leading after seven innings.

• The Dodgers are 115-141 against the AL since Interleague play began in 1997. Comments