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Dodgers try to snap rare home skid vs. Diamondbacks

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The Dodgers try to snap a three-game losing streak on Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks, with Alex Wood on the mound against Robbie Ray in a battle of left-handers in Los Angeles.

The losing streak has been extra rare this season, just one of four times all year the Dodgers have lost at least two straight games at Dodger Stadium. The club hasn't lost four straight home games since dropping the final two home games of the 2013 season followed by the first two games of 2014.

The Dodgers haven't lost four straight home games in season since dropping five straight from May 1-10, 2013.

At 50-25, the Dodgers are tied for the third-best home record in baseball, with six Dodger Stadium games remaining - three more against the Diamondbacks, plus the final three games of the season against the Padres. The Dodgers need to win five of those six to finish with the best home record for the franchise since moving to Los Angeles in 1958, and would also tie 1980 (55-27) for most home wins in a season.

Wood has made just three of his nine starts as a Dodger at Dodger Stadium, but he has been quite effective in the home whites, with a 2.21 ERA and 15 strikeouts against just four walks in 20⅓ innings.

He brings an active streak of 19 consecutive hitters retired into Tuesday's start, having shut down the Rockies with eight scoreless innings last Tuesday, allowing just one single at home.

Wood also has a score to settle, having allowed eight runs while recording only five outs in his worst start of the season, in Phoenix on Sept. 11. It was both the shortest start of Wood's career and his most runs allowed. In his career, outside of that start 11 days ago, Wood has allowed three runs in 17 innings to the Diamondbacks.

Ray was on the receiving end of that massive run support on Sept. 11, picking up the win by pitching five scoreless frames. That was Arizona's only win in Ray's last nine starts, thanks in part to just 13 runs in the other eight games, and Ray's 5.24 ERA during that span.

In three starts against the Dodgers this season, Ray is 1-2 with a 3.06 ERA in three starts, with nine walks and 11 strikeouts in 17⅔ innings.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA