Dodgers lose 10th consecutive game, NL West lead down to nine – Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES – At a Catholic mass inside Dodger Stadium Sunday, a priest attempted to perform an exorcism on the ballpark. Friday, pitcher Yu Darvish sprinkled salt in the Dodgers’ dugout, a Japanese custom intended to ward off evil spirits.

Short of a holding a seance, it’s come to this: the Dodgers’ best chance to win a game is to leave Los Angeles.

An 8-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies was the Dodgers’ 10th straight. Only a home run by Alex Verdugo in the ninth inning prevented a shutout before the announced crowd of 50,161. Monday, the Dodgers will embark on a 10-game road trip to San Francisco, Washington and Philadelphia.

The Dodgers’ lead in the National League West, which stood at 21 games in August, is down to nine. Their sagging offense went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left nine men base.

The loss wasn’t his fault, but Dodgers starter Rich Hill (9-8) was fortunate to escape…

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