If the final five weeks of the schedule are supposed to be so easy for the Dodgers, how could they lose two of their past three games to the fourth-place D-backs?
They were dropped Wednesday night by Arizona and Max Scherzer, 4-1. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley was perfect for 4 1/3 innings before things went haywire in a four-run fifth inning that included Brandon Allen's two-run homer. The Dodgers' National League West lead over Colorado is 4 1/2 games.
Miguel Montero's one-out double in the fifth preceded Allen's two-run homer to right field. Four of the next five batters singled, two infield hits driving in runs, one of them unearned after shortstop Rafael Furcal's throwing error.
Manny Ramirez singled home Juan Pierre with two outs in the eighth inning to break the shutout and chase Scherzer. Ramirez flied out with two outs and two on in the sixth.
Andre Ethier had three hits for the Dodgers.