The Dodgers' season-long winning streak ended at six games Friday night with an 8-2 defeat to the last-place
The Dodgers downplayed Puig's and Gonzalez's injuries, saying Puig was removed from the game as a precaution and Gonzalez was listed as day-to-day.
Puig felt discomfort in his left hamstring in the wake of an unnecessary sixth-inning play that reduced the Dodgers' deficit from seven runs to six. He was on second base when
Puig didn't return to the field.
Gonzalez was hurt in the first inning, also on a sequence that started with a grounder hit by Ramirez.
Gonzalez was not only thrown out at the plate on the play, he also bruised his right knee. He was replaced by
But the real problems were on the mound.
The Dodgers turned to Haren again, a day after they were unable to acquire a starting pitcher before the non-waiver trade deadline.
Nothing about the start indicated Haren was about to return to his solid early-season form. Over 4 1/3 mostly laborious innings, Haren was charged with seven runs, including six that were earned. He served up eight hits, among them a solo home run by Valbuena in the second inning. The homer was the 20th allowed by Haren in his last 15 games.
The Cubs scored three times in the third inning to move in front, 4-1. Haren wasn't entirely to blame, as the inning included a throwing error by Matt Kemp.
Haren was replaced by
In his last five starts, all losses, Haren has allowed 26 earned runs in 23 1/3 innings.
What Perez did served as a reminder of another problem the Dodgers failed to address at the deadline. Perez inherited three runners from Haren and all scored.
Haren's uninspiring start became more of a problem in the seventh inning, when Maholm went down.
Maholm has started only once in the last two months, but would be the likely replacement in the rotation if the Haren or
Maholm was able to walk off the field, but immediately disappeared into the clubhouse.