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Sunday, May 1, 2011
Andre Ethier's streak hits 27 games

By Tony Jackson
ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier extended the second-longest hitting streak in Los Angeles Dodgers history to 27 games with a leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh inning against San Diego Padres right-hander Dustin Moseley on Sunday.

The hit came on a sharp grounder up the line that got past Padres first baseman Brad Hawpe. Hawpe made a lunging attempt, but the ball caromed off his glove, over his head and a few feet into right field as Ethier easily beat it out. Don Hartack, the official scorer, quickly ruled the play a base hit after watching a televised replay.

"Whatever. If they put up a hit, they put up a hit. If they put up an error, whatever. I'm not going to throw my hands up or anything like that," Ethier said after the Dodgers lost 7-0. "I'm just trying to figure out a way to get the job done and get on base and get things rolling. I will take a walk, an error, a hit, anything that gives us a chance to score some runs.''

Ethier's streak is the longest in the majors since Ichiro Suzuki also hit in 27 in a row from May 6-June 3, 2009. The last streak of more than 27 games came in 2005, when Johnny Damon, then of the Boston Red Sox, hit in 29 consecutive games.

Ethier is now four games shy of tying Willie Davis' all-time Dodgers record of 31 consecutive games set in 1969. There was at least one additional streak longer than Ethier's by a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers, a 29-game streak by Zack Wheat in 1916.

Ethier broke the major league record for the longest hitting streak in April and had 40 hits during the month, tying the franchise mark shared by Mike Piazza and Rafael Furcal.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.