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Colletti also said he expects better performances from the players, and blaming one person is an easy way out.

The manager and general manager met in Mattingly’s office before the game, and Mattingly said they simply talked about the team and not his job.

Despite the turmoil, Mattingly said he wasn’t concerned about his status.

“You know what? I don’t even worry about that part of it,” he said. “I only worry about turning it around. Really, I never get away from my base. All I worry about is us playing our best baseball. And I worry about our team, and getting us to perform up to the best of our ability, and try to keep the team going in a position to have success.”

Ramirez is on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

“I think as you look around our lineup you should have four players that are capable of hitting 20 or more home runs,” Colletti said. “One of them has only played a couple of games this year.”

Los Angeles is batting .226 with runners in scoring position, which ranks 23rd in the majors. The bullpen blew late leads in each of the past two games.

“We need to score more runs,” Colletti said. “We need to do better in the clutch, be better with runners in scoring position. I think if we were to do that you’d see a different dynamic, including in the `pen.

“When you are asked to protect a 1-0 lead, or a 2-0 lead, or one-run leads, or close games every day, it takes a lot,” he said. “It doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t do it. It doesn’t mean they get a free pass because it’s a 1-0 or a 2-0 game, but I think it makes a difference. When you have no margin of error it’s tougher. And a lot of our games have been no margin of error.”