"We needed as much from the team aspect as anything," Mattingly said. "We had to use some guys last night we didn't want to use."
Mattingly used six relievers in the 9-4 loss Wednesday night. Carlos Marmol entered in the third inning and pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Brandon League followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Ronald Belisario was credited with retiring only one batter, but he made 20 pitches while allowing a career-high five runs. Brian Wilson lowered his ERA to 0.96 with a scoreless inning. Paco Rodriguez and Peter Moylan also pitched.
Withrow has put himself in position for postseason roster consideration by striking out 38 with only nine walks in 29 2/3 innings.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.