Rubby Shines, But Dodgers Fall To Twins 1-0 In Series Finale

The Dodgers have lost five consecutive interleague series on the road.

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De La Rosa Stellar, But Dodgers Shutout By Twins, 1-0

Rubby De La Rosa had the best start of his career, pitching seven strong innings, but unfortunately for the Dodgers their offense was nonexistent, as the Twins won 1-0, taking the series at Target Field. The loss on Wednesday afternoon dropped the Dodgers to 5-7 in interleague play this season. The Dodgers have lost five consecutive interleague series on the road.

Ben Revere led off the bottom of the first inning with a triple off De La Rosa, making his fifth major league start. Revere scored on a ground ball, but De La Rosa settled down after that, allowing just one run in seven innings. Rubby struck out four and had just one unintentional walk, as he was pounding the strike zone all day. De La Rosa threw 69 of his 99 pitches for strikes

Scott Baker pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings for the Twins to pick up the victory, striking out nine Dodgers. Matt Capps pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his second save in as many days, and 13th on the season.

Trent Oeltjen had a pinch-hit single in the ninth inning, and had five hits in five at-bats during the series, with two walks. Blake Hawksworth struck out two today, and struck out five of the seven Twins he faced during the three-game series. The Dodgers are off on Thursday, then begin a series in Anaheim on Friday night.

For more information on the Dodgers, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Face Off With Twins In Rubber Game At Target Field

The Dodgers look for a rare interleague road series win on Wednesday morning as they battle the Minnesota Twins in Target Field. Rubby De La Rosa takes the mound for the Dodgers, making the fifth start of his young career. Scott Baker gets the call for the Twins.

De La Rosa has been wild at times as a starter, with 15 walks in 20 2/3 innings so far, but has also shown electric stuff, as his 22 strikeouts will attest. The 22-year old right-hander is 3-2 with a 5.26 ERA in seven games this season, which include three relief appearances. He has lost his last two starts.

Baker is 5-5 with a 3.39 ERA for the Twins this season, and has given up just one run in 24 innings in his last three home starts. Baker leads the Twins with 92 strikeouts this season, and is tops on the staff with a 3.29 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season. Yesterday's win for the Twins snapped a six-game losing streak.

Here are today's starting lineups:

Dodgers (36-45)

Gwynn LF
Blake 3B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Loney 1B
Uribe 2B
Thames DH
Navarro C
Gordon SS

Twins (33-45)

Revere CF
Nishioka SS
Mauer C
Cuddyer RF
Thome DH
Valencia 3B
Hughes 1B
Repko LF
Tolbert 2B

Today's 10:10 a.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more information on the Dodgers, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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