Dodgers look to end May on a high note

Stephen Dunn

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers look to snap out of their offensive slump on Saturday as they host the Pirates at Dodger Stadium, after scoring just six runs in their last three games.

The Dodgers have lost three straight games for a second time this season. This is directly following a three-game winning streak, something they have done three different times this season. They have yet to have a winning or losing streak longer than three games all year.

Matt Kemp is back in left field Saturday despite his 0-for-20 slump, but he's not alone in his struggles. Adrian Gonzalez, who didn't start on Friday, is in a 4-for-30 skid, Drew Butera is in a 3-for-22 slump, and Hanley Ramirez is 4-for-20, though Ramirez did have two hits on Friday.

One who is not slumping is Yasiel Puig, who has reached base in 31 straight games, the longest active streak in the majors. He is hitting .404/.500/.750 with eight home runs and 25 RBI in May, leading the National League this month in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, home runs (tied with Giancarlo Stanton) and RBI.

Puig's 42 hits are one shy of Willie Davis, who holds the Los Angeles Dodgers record with 43 hits in May 1971. Jackie Robinson holds the franchise record for May hits, with 50 in 1949.

The Dodgers need a win Saturday to finish at .500 for the month.

The club is 4-for-37 this season with the bases loaded, including a Puig popup to second base on Friday night. The Dodgers rank dead last in the majors with the bases loaded in average, OBP and slugging, hitting .108/.150/.162.

Since 1914, only two teams have hit under .150 with the bases loaded over a full season. The 2012 Astros hit just .130/.205/.235 (15-for-115), and the 1978 Athletics hit .143/.178/.202 (12-for-84). Only one team has finished with an OPS under .400, those 1978 A's at .381.

Brandon Cumpton, starting for the Pirates on Saturday, has never pitched with the bases loaded.

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