(SportsNetwork.com) - It's never easy following up a no-hit effort, but Josh Beckett did his best last time out.
Things won't get easier on Wednesday night for the Los Angeles Dodgers hurler as he must find a way to slow down the hot-hitting Jose Abreu in the finale of a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox.
Beckett won his third straight start on May 25 in milestone fashion, tossing a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies. He then returned to the mound on Friday and threw five solid innings, but was bested 2-1 by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The right-hander gave up two runs on five hits and one walk, and was pulled after 88 pitches. He had thrown 128 in his no-hitter versus the Phillies.
"Josh threw the ball okay but wasn't quite as sharp tonight," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
Beckett, 34, is 3-2 with a 2.52 earned run average on the season and 4-3 lifetime against the White Sox with a 3.74 ERA in nine games.
Beckett will go up against the rookie Abreu for the first time and the first baseman is hitting .265 on the year with 17 homers and 47 RBI in 46 games.
Abreu has homered in back-to-back games since coming off the disabled list following a bout with inflammation in his left ankle. He smacked a two-run homer in Monday's loss before hitting another two-run shot in the first inning of last night's 4-1 win.
Abreu also knocked in a run in the third inning and Tyler Flowers hit a solo homer the following frame for the White Sox, who had lost three of four coming in.
Hector Noesi benefited to win for the first time since May 6, 2012. He gave up one run over six innings, working around five hits and four walks.
"It feels exciting to get the win," Noesi said. "I just tried to finish all my pitches. My changeup was good tonight, along with my fastball."
Dan Haren (5-4) gave up four runs on six hits in a six-inning start for Los Angeles, which went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left a dozen on base in losing for the fifth time in seven games.
The only run the Dodgers mustered came on Dee Gordon's bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the second inning.
"We left some guys out there," said Mattingly. "Dan (Haren) kept us in there. Our bullpen kept it close. We had chances but we couldn't do a lot with them. We're just not doing enough."
John Danks will look to extend the Dodgers' frustrations tonight and is 3-5 on the year with a 4.66 ERA.
Danks, though, has lost each of his past three decisions over a four-start span despite giving up more than three runs just once over that time. The lefty hurled eight scoreless innings in a no-decision versus the New York Yankees on May 24, then dropped a 4-1 contest to the San Diego Padres on Friday.
Danks was charged with two runs on eight hits and a walk over seven innings.
"Made some mistakes and got burned for them, but all in all it was a good day," Danks said.
The 29-year-old has split two previous meetings with the Dodgers while posting a 2.08 ERA.
The Dodgers won two of three over the visiting White Sox in the last meeting in 2012.