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Slumping Dodgers offense seeks tonic in Coors Field

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With an offense in a funk, nothing can look more inviting than four games at Coors Field. The Dodgers get their second crack at the Rockies in Denver this season beginning Monday night, looking for some rare success on the road this season.

The Dodgers have won both of their games at Coors Field this season, but even with those wins the club is just 8-13 on the road. The Dodgers have won two away series this season, lost four, and tied one four-game set.

Contrast that to Dodger Stadium, where the Dodgers have won all nine of their three-game series and split a four-game set, and are 21-7 at home.

The Dodgers have been held to two or fewer runs in 10 of their last 14 games, going 6-8 during that span.

Since the beginning of 2013, the Dodgers have averaged 6.29 runs per game at Coors Field, scoring five or more runs in 15 of those 21 games.

The Dodgers are 13-8, the inverse of their current road record, at Coors Field during that span.

The offense gets a shot at Kyle Kendrick, who allowed one run in seven innings at Dodger Stadium on May 17, the second game of the Dodgers' current 14-game funk, which has averaged just 2.21 runs per game for over two weeks.

Only three of his 10 starts this year have come at Coors Field, and Kendrick has allowed 16 runs and 20 hits in 18⅓ innings, including six home runs, with nine walks and 10 strikeouts.

The Dodgers also tagged Kendrick for six runs in 4⅔ innings at Dodger Stadium on April 17.

In his career, Kendrick is 5-8 with a 6.28 ERA in 18 games against the Dodgers in his career, including 15 starts. Since the start of 2012 is 0-5 with a 5.14 ERA in six starts against them.

Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers, who hasn't lost to the Rockies since July 12, 2013. Kershaw is 7-0 in his last eight starts against Colorado, with a 2.62 ERA, 71 strikeouts and 10 walks in 51⅓ innings during that span.

The Rockies are 8-13 at home this season, though they return to Denver on a hot streak. They swept the Phillies in Philadelphia over the weekend for the first time in franchise history and have won four straight and seven of their last eight games overall.

Game info

Time: 5:40 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA