Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks preview: Ricky Nolasco starts opener

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

The Dodgers have a magic number of 10 to clinch the division and face Arizona seven times in the next 11 days.

The Dodgers will try to snap their four-game losing streak on Monday night as they open a series at home against the Diamondbacks. Ricky Nolasco has been great since joining the Dodgers and on Monday faces the team he beat in his Dodgers debut.

Nolasco allowed one run in seven innings in Arizona to win his Dodgers debut on July 9 and has continued his hot pitching in blue. He is 7-1 with a 2.27 ERA in 11 starts as a Dodger, and brings a home scoreless streak of 20⅓ consecutive innings into Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

In two starts against the Diamondbacks this season Nolasco has allowed two runs in 15 innings, with 16 strikeouts and just one walk.

Nolasco will help the Dodgers try to reverse a disturbing trend in recent years. The Diamondbacks are 5-1 at Dodger Stadium this season and have won 17 of their last 23 games in Los Angeles.

The last time the Dodgers won a series against the Diamondbacks at home was Oct. 1-3, 2010.

But since winning two out of three games at Dodger Stadium from June 10-12, the Diamondbacks have struggled mightily on the road. Arizona has won just one of its last 11 road series, and their 12-24 road record during that span has contributed to them going from a 9½-game lead over the Dodgers to an 11-game deficit in the National League West.

Yasiel Puig is back in the leadoff spot and Hanley Ramirez is hitting third against the right-handed Randall Delgado for Arizona. Manager Don Mattingly has flipped Puig and Carl Crawford at 1-2 and Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez at 3-4 twice in the past nine games, but only against left-handed pitchers.

Tim Federowicz gets his fifth start in the last 11 games at catcher.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

MLB Gameday

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