The Los Angeles Dodgers mustered just two hits and had their season-best 12-game winning streak snapped in a 4-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals. The defeat prevented the Dodgers from completing a fourth consecutive series sweep.
Tyler Anderson didn’t have his usual sharpness and it was a factor in the Royals taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning. That was only the second time in the last 16 games the Dodgers didn’t score first. Kansas City scored one run in the third and sixth innings as well.
They put the leadoff man on against Anderson in four of his six innings of work. To the left-hander’s credit, however, he held the Royals to just one run after the bases were loaded with one out in the third inning.
Anderson allowed just the three runs on seven hits, and collected four strikeouts against one walk and one hit batter.
He’s received plenty of run support throughout the season, but on Sunday the Dodgers couldn’t solve Brady Singer.
Singer didn’t allow a hit until Chris Taylor’s single in the fifth, which put the tying runners on base with nobody out. The opportunity was squandered when Cody Bellinger, Tony Wolters and Mookie Betts were retired in order. Wolters went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in his first start with the Dodgers.
Wolters was called up Friday as a corresponding roster move to Austin Barnes being placed on the family emergency list.
Singer held the Dodgers to just the one hit and finished with seven strikeouts over six shutout innings. Singer’s no-hit bid was initially saved by Nate Eaton making a diving catch in shallow right field to rob Trea Turner.
Sunday marked just the second time since July 13 that the Dodgers were held scoreless through five innings, but both instances came in their series against the Royals.
The Dodgers had an opportunity in the eighth inning as Max Muncy represented the tying run at the plate, but the Royals brought in Scott Barlow to complete the four-out save. Vinnie Pasquantino provided him with some insurance by hitting a solo home run off Craig Kimbrel in the bottom of the eighth.
Longest Dodgers winning streaks
The Dodgers fell just shy of tying the Los Angeles record of a 13-game winning streak, which was achieved by the 1962 and 1965 teams. The longest Dodgers winning streak in franchise history is 15 games, set by the 1924 Brooklyn Robins.
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