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Roberto Hernandez looks for turnaround

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- The last two meetings between the Dodgers and Padres have done damage to their reputation for having low-scoring affairs.

The Dodgers closed out their series in San Diego with a 7-1 win on Aug. 31, then opened this current three-game series with a 9-4 explosion on Monday night. But in 12 of the previous 15 games against one another this season, the clubs combined for six or fewer runs.

The Dodgers' 16 runs in their last two games against the Padres match their total for the previous seven games, but even that low-scoring stretch featured four Dodgers wins.

Roberto Hernandez would like to get back to the low-scoring ways, at least on one side Tuesday night. The right-hander is coming off his worst start of the season, allowing a career-high four home runs in a loss to Washington.

After striking out five batters in six innings in each of his first two starts with Los Angeles - allowing three runs total - Hernandez has allowed 12 runs in 15⅓ innings in his last three starts, with nine strikeouts. That includes a loss to the Padres at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 20, allowing four runs in five innings.

Injuries have cut into what has otherwise been a fine season for Andrew Cashner, with a 2.39 ERA in 15 starts. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 13 of his 15 starts.

Cashner in his last 11 starts has a 2.86 ERA and has allowed two home runs in 66 innings. But he's 0-6, thanks in part to 19 Padres runs in those starts, including 12 runs with Cashner in the game.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA