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Dodgers power outage a growing concern

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers look to turn around their power outage in the second game of a three-game series against the Nationals on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

The team got a home run on Monday night from Matt Kemp, his team-leading ninth since the All-Star break. But the rest of the team in these last 41 games has just 15 home runs, with Adrian Gonzalez (five) the only other player with more than two home runs during that span.

The Dodgers have 24 home runs since the All-Star break, dead last in the National League and 29th in baseball, ahead of only the Rays (22).

Chief among the power-sapped is Yasiel Puig, who has two home runs since the beginning of June, hitting .263/.344/.396 in his last 75 games during that span.

Puig had the worst month of his career in August, hitting .216/.296/.247 with no home runs and four RBI in 26 games. He was dropped to sixth in the batting order on Monday, for the first time in his career, and is in the midst of a 2-for-32 slump.

"You can see a guy when he gets his feel back. That changes quickly. That changes at any moment. That changes with one take, or one swing, all of a sudden the guy will be hot again," manager Don Mattingly said. "You can see the confidence come back in guys. That’s what we’re looking for with Yasiel."

Hanley Ramirez homered on Friday, two innings after hurting his leg while running, the latest in a long string of nagging injuries for the shortstop. That was one of two home runs since the All-Star break for Ramirez, hitting .242/.310/.363 in 24 games.

Since returning from the disabled list with a strained oblique, Ramirez is 4-for-28 (.143).

"I don’t think he’s hurt now, I just don’t think he’s swinging the bat good. I think he has to get himself better pitches to hit," Mattingly said. "I think he’s definitely trying to do too much."

Perhaps the Dodgers can find their power against Doug Fister, who has allowed four home runs over his last two starts, a pair of losses that saw him allow nine runs in 11⅔ innings.

Fister has never faced the Dodgers, the only one of 30 MLB teams he hasn't faced.

Some guy named Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA