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Josh Beckett, Dodgers searching for 7th heaven

Joe Scarnici

LOS ANGELES -- As the Dodgers battle the Indians in the middle game of a three-game series on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, the first game of the seventh month of the year, the number seven looms large.

After all, the Dodgers have a three-game winning streak for a seventh time in 2014, still in search of their first four-game winning streak.

A win on Tuesday (or Wednesday) would have the Dodgers a seventh series win since their last series loss (6-0-1 in their last seven series).

Starting pitcher Josh Beckett has pitched seven scoreless innings in each of his last two starts, and has lasted seven innings in each of his last three outings. On the season Beckett has allowed more than one run only seven times in 15 starts.

Lasting seven innings is the norm these days for Dodgers starters, who have pitched exactly seven frames in each of the last five games. The last time the Dodgers had five straight starting pitchers last at least seven innings was June 20-25, 1999 (Kevin Brown, Chan Ho Park, Ismael Valdes, Darren Dreifort, Brown).

The last time the Dodgers had six starters in a row last seven or more innings was Aug. 29 to Sept. 7, 1998, a nine-game stretch that included two starts each from Brian Bohanon and Dave Mlicki.

Of the seven days of the week, Tuesday is the day the Dodgers have performed best, winning nine of 12 games on Tuesday this season. A win against the Indians would put the Dodgers seven games above .500 on Tuesdays this season.


The Dodgers take a 24-inning scoreless streak as a team into Tuesday night's game, their longest stretch of the season.

The Indians have been held to one hit in consecutive games for the first time since at least 1914.

Juan Uribe in six games against American League opponents this season is 11-for-24 with two doubles and five RBI, hitting .458/.519/.542.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA