The club had a pair of three-game winning streaks in the first 11 games of the season, but since then have been unable to win more than two games in a row. Friday's win gave the Dodgers a fifth two-game winning streak since April 16, but perhaps more importantly the offense is showing signs of life.
The Dodgers scored 20 runs and win just two games at home in a 10-game stretch from April 25 to May 11, but then got a 5-0 victory on Thursday over the Mets, followed by Friday's 8-4 win over St. Louis, just the third and fourth times the Dodgers have scored more than three runs in a game at Dodger Stadium this season.
Corey Seager has been among those hot at the plate of late, hitting .316/.381/.500, including 6-for-19 (.316) so far on the homestand, with three extra-base hits.
Scott Kazmir will try to stop his streak of allowing two home runs, something he has done in his last two starts and in three of his last four outings as well. Five of his nine home runs allowed this season have come in his three starts at Dodger Stadium.
Since pitching six scoreless innings in his Dodgers debut on April 5, Kazmir has allowed at least four runs in five of his six starts. Though after Monday's start, a 4-2 loss to New York, Kazmir said he felt he was improving as the season went along, with sharper pitches in his last few starts.
"It hasn't gone the way I wanted, that's for sure. But I'm really close to where I want to be," Kazmir said. "I'm confident out there, I know exactly what I'm doing. It's just a matter of executing."
Time: 6:10 p.m. PT
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