PHOENIX -- If this goes on much longer, that champagne is going to lose its pop -- kind of like the Dodgers' offense has.
Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched a two-hitter Monday night, but one of those hits was a two-run home run by Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning. That was enough to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 2-1 win over the Dodgers, who managed just four hits.
The loss gave the Dodgers their second four-game losing streak in the past two weeks after they went nearly three months without losing more than two consecutive games.
They have lost nine of their past 12 games, stalling their march to the NL West title. Their magic number remains four with three games to play in Arizona and 12 overall.
"Tonight kind of goes back to what I've always said -- it's hard to win games in September," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "I don't care who you are or what's going on, games are hard to win in September.
"No one is going to roll over for us. We're getting close to the goal line here. Games are getting tough to win."
They are particularly difficult to win with an offense devoid of Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford. All are nursing health issues the Dodgers would like to make go away before the postseason begins in two weeks.
The Dodgers' lineup looks a lot like it did in April and May -- and is producing the same kind of results.
They have scored just 38 runs during this 12-game slide (13 in a two-game burst at home against the Diamondbacks last week) and have been held to two runs or fewer five times during that stretch.
"I'm not worried about early in the year vs. middle of the year vs. late in the year -- we just didn't get the job done today," first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said.
"We've got guys who need to get healthy. The good news is, two weeks from now we'll be healthy."
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