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Kershaw Opens Series With Padres, Dodgers Look For Third 1-0 Win Over Latos

Mat Latos has allowed two runs in two starts against the Dodgers this season. He lost both games 1-0.
Mat Latos has allowed two runs in two starts against the Dodgers this season. He lost both games 1-0.

The Dodgers open a three-game series against the Padres on Monday night, and all signs point to a low-scoring opener. Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers with a 14-inning scoreless streak and has allowed one run total in his last three starts. Mat Latos has given up one run in both starts against the Dodgers this season, and has an 0-2 record to show for it.

Then again, the Dodgers have scored at least six runs in each of their last five games, otherwise known as the post Dioner Navarro era. The Dodgers have scored 41 runs in their last five games, hitting .306/.372/.548 with 13 doubles and 10 home runs.

Kershaw (16-5) looks to keep pace with Ian Kennedy, who won his 17th game of the season on Sunday for the Diamondbacks. Kershaw is 10-2 in his last 13 starts with a 1.65 ERA, averaging more than seven and a half innings per start during that span.

He allowed two runs on August 1 in a complete-game win at Petco Park on August 1, Kershaw's only start this season against the Padres. Kershaw in his career is 5-3 with a 2.48 ERA in 11 starts against San Diego, and he has never alowed more than three runs in any start.

At 207 strikeouts on the season, Clayton Kershaw leads the National League and is 11 strikeouts behind Justin Verlander for the major league lead. With six strikeouts tonight against the Padres, Kershaw would set a new career high, surpassing his 212 strikeouts in 2010.

The Padres have been a streaky team of late, losing four straight games after winning five straight last week. The Dodgers are 8-4 against the Padres this season, including 4-2 at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers have beaten the Padres by a 1-0 score three times this season.

Game Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

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