By Jon Weisman
Alex Wood still can’t shake the roadrunner blues.
Wood has made 18 starts as a Dodger. He has a 2.08 ERA in 47 2/3 home innings and, after allowing four earned runs in five innings tonight at Tampa Bay, a 6.79 ERA in 55 2/3 road innings.
Home runs hadn’t been the problem, but they were in this game. The 25-year-old left-hander had only one home run in his five starts this season — and for that matter, four in his 10 previous road starts as a Dodger — before giving up three tonight.
The third one was a crusher — a three-run shot by Rays cleanup hitter Steve Pearce that broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning and put Tampa Bay ahead to stay in a 8-5 victory.
Wood struck out seven, giving him 16 whiffs in his past 12 innings. But only one of those two games was at home.
After Pedro Baez allowed three runs in the seventh, the Dodgers worked four walks in the eighth to score three times themselves and bring the tying run to the plate, but drew no closer.
Justin Turner had the best day at the plate for Los Angeles, with a walk, single and double. Yasiel Puig also singled and doubled, while Corey Seager doubled and walked twice.
The Dodgers remained a half-game behind San Francisco in the National League West. Thursday is the Dodgers’ final day off before they play 20 games in 20 days and 40 of the next 41.