Dodgers fire hitting coach Jeff Pentland

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have fired hitting coach Jeff Pentland in the midst of another losing streak, replacing him with assistant Dave Hansen for the rest of the season.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti announced the move before Wednesday's series finale against the San Francisco Giants. Colletti says it was a "very difficult decision" that was more of a reflection on the club's hitting woes than Pentland's performance.

Los Angeles had a .250 team batting average and was second only to the San Diego Padres with the fewest runs scored in the National League when Pentland was fired. He was in his fourth season with the Dodgers and first as the club's primary hitting coach.

The Dodgers also had lost four straight games.