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Dodgers go for 4th straight win, with Clayton Kershaw vs. Marlins

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers try for a fourth straight win on Saturday afternoon with Clayton Kershaw on the mound against the Marlins in Miami.

This is the fifth time this season the Dodgers have won three straight games, and in each of the previous four streaks they didn't stop there. The club won a season-best seven straight games April 12-19, then saw a four-game win streak from April 29 to May 3, a five-game streak from May 7-12, and another four-game run from June 8-12.

The club has also not lost more than three games in a row all season, stopping at three losses four different times.

In other words, the first eight times the Dodgers have been on a three-game streak of any kind they have won the next game.

Kershaw will try to continue that trend for a ninth time on Saturday, working on another streak of his own.

Kershaw has struck out at least nine in four straight starts, the fourth time in his career he has had such a streak. He has never struck out nine or more batters in five straight starts.

He has double-digit strikeouts four times in his last six starts, and has six such games this season. Kershaw's career high in double-digit-strikeout games in a season is seven, set in both 2011 and 2014.

Kershaw has also lost his last two starts. He has never lost three straight starts, though has lost three straight decisions four times - in 2008 (over seven starts), 2009 (over seven starts), 2010 (over four starts) and 2013 (over six starts).

In seven career starts against the Marlins, Kershaw is 5-1 with a 1.99 ERA, though he hasn't faced them since 2013. He has won both career starts at Marlins Park, allowing two total runs in 14⅓ innings.

Tom Koehler gets the start for the Marlins, with five quality starts in six starts in Miami. The right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.52 ERA this season at home, with 29 strikeouts and 14 walks in 41⅓ innings.

Game info

Time: 1:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA