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Friday, July 8, 2011
Gee laments second straight sixth swoon

By Adam Rubin

The sixth inning proved Dillon Gee’s undoing for a second straight start.

Against the Yankees last weekend, Gee was locked in a scoreless duel with Bartolo Colon until a four-run sixth. This time, Gee nearly matched zeroes with Clayton Kershaw -- the lone early run came on a blown call at the plate -- until a five-run sixth. The six runs (five earned) charged to Gee were a career high.

“It’s certainly puzzling,” Terry Collins said about the consecutive sixth-inning fizzles. “His changeup, he got up in the zone and right out over the middle of the plate. That’s the second time in a row in that inning he’s just lost command of his stuff and his concentration has been broken.”

Gee lamented hanging a changeup to Matt Kemp, which the Dodgers cleanup hitter tattooed for a two-run double.

“Just a bad pitch. It kind of got away from me,” Gee said. “He made me pay for it.”