TORONTO (AP) - The Toronto Blue Jays wasted another strong start for Marco Estrada. The right-hander was hurt by poor run support - again.
Estrada pitched seven innings of one-run ball in Toronto’s 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.
Howie Kendrick hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning for Los Angeles.
The late rally spoiled another strong outing by Estrada, who held the Dodgers hitless through five innings but remained winless in five outings. He allowed three hits, struck out eight and walked two.
“He did a hell of a job,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Toronto has scored six runs for Estrada over the course of his winless stretch.
Estrada’s past three starts have come at home, where Toronto has failed to score more than two runs in five of its past 10 games. It is 0-5 in those contests.
“These things happen,” Estrada said. “Hopefully it doesn’t last very long with anybody. Hopefully we can all turn things around and play as a group, play together, because this team is way too good not to.”
Blue Jays relievers have a major league-worst 10 losses this season. Toronto has lost two straight after winning the previous four.
Joc Pederson connected for his sixth homer as Los Angeles took two of three in the weekend set. It’s the first series win for the Dodgers since they won two of three at Colorado from April 22 to 24.
Chris Hatcher (3-3) got the victory despite yielding a run in the seventh that gave Toronto the lead. Pedro Baez got two outs in the eighth and Kenley Jansen finished for his major league-leading 11th save.
With Los Angeles trailing 2-1 in the eighth, Chase Utley sparked the winning rally with a leadoff walk against Drew Storen (0-2). Corey Seager followed with a ground-rule double to right.
Roberto Osuna came on and struck out Justin Turner, and then intentionally walked Adrian Gonzalez to load the bases. Grandal capped an eight-pitch at bat with a sacrifice fly before Kendrick singled in Seager.
“I wasn’t really going to wait around to see his slider,” said Kendrick, who swung at Osuna’s first pitch. “He left a fastball out over the middle and I was able to put a good swing on it.”
It was the second hit of the series for Kendrick, who had gone 1 for 10 before the clutch swing.
“For him to find some outfield grass was big,” manager Dave Roberts said. “A big hit for us.”
Seager made it 4-2 with an RBI single off Chad Girodo in the ninth.
Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling retired his first six batters before Kevin Pillar’s leadoff double in the third. Pillar later scored on a fielder’s choice grounder by Ryan Goins.
Pederson tied it with a two-out drive off Estrada in the seventh.
“I made a bad pitch and he put a good swing on it,” Estrada said.
PILLAR OF STRENGTH
Pillar has hit safely in 13 of his past 15 games and leads the Blue Jays with 11 doubles. Eleven of his past 27 hits have gone for extra bases.
MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL
Susan Happ, the mother of Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ, threw out the first pitch.
Dodgers: RHP Mike Bolsinger (strained left oblique) allowed two runs and three hits in four innings in his first rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday.
Dodgers: LHP Scott Kazmir (2-2, 5.68 ERA) starts as Los Angeles returns home for the opener of a four-game series against the Mets on Monday night. LHP Steven Matz (1-4, 2.83 ERA) starts for the Mets. Kazmir is 2-1 with a 4.80 ERA in three career starts against the Mets.
Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (2-1, 2.82 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game interleague series at San Francisco on Monday night. His opponent will be RHP Jake Peavy (1-3, 9.00 ERA). Sanchez has never faced the Giants.
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