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Alex Wood, Dodgers seek road rebound in San Diego

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers on Saturday try to restore order after a stunning loss to the Padres in the series opener, a defeat that was quite rare given the circumstances and the location.

All MLB teams since the start of 2004 are 15,947-3,120 (.836) when scoring six or more runs. At Petco Park — which opened in 2004 — teams are 429-44 (.907) in such games.

The Dodgers are 26-2 (.929) when scoring six or more runs at Petco Park.

Their other loss came on Sept. 3, 2015, a 10-7 loss that saw San Diego score four runs in the eighth inning to erase a Dodgers lead. That was also the last Dodgers loss in San Diego, with six victories in between crushing defeats.

Last Sept. 3 was also the major league debut of Corey Seager, so these losses are clearly his fault.

Seager was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk in Friday's game, and was 2-for-4 with a double in his big league debut. He has at least one hit in all seven starts in San Diego, and a double in five of those games.

Pitching matchup

After a short spot start by Mike Bolsinger on Wednesday, a brief and ineffective start by Ross Stripling on Thursday, and an "embarrassing" and "unacceptable" start from Scott Kazmir on Friday — Kazmir's words — the Dodgers need Alex Wood to turn things around on Saturday after nothing but bad road starts this season, to help fight off the growing specter of mediocrity that surrounds this team.

Wood has an 8.05 ERA in four road starts this season, and a 5.04 FIP. But the real killer is that all four starts have been short, placing even more of a burden on an uninspiring Dodgers bullpen.

Three times Wood has pitched into the sixth inning this season on the road, and he has yet to record an out. Opposing batters are 5-for-6 with a home run, a walk, and one reached on error.

Overall in three starts in May — one on the road, two at home — Wood has a 3.21 ERA with 21 strikeouts and just three walks. He has the same number of strikeouts facing 68 batters in May than he did facing 126 batters in April.

Wood also has a four-game hitting streak, the longest streak by a Dodgers pitcher since Zack Greinke from July 3-20, 2013. The last Dodgers pitcher with a five-game hitting streak was Darren Dreifort from May 22 to June 19, 1999.

Wood is 4-for-7 (.571) with a walk during the streak.

Cesar Vargas starts for the Padres, making his sixth major league start. Wood, nearly a year older than Vargas, is making his 76th big league start.

Vargas has a 3.55 ERA so far, including 5⅓ scoreless innings against the Dodgers on April 29 at Dodger Stadium. At home this season, Vargas has an ordinary six walks and six strikeouts in his 11 innings, though opposing batters are hitting just .237/.343/.342 in those two games.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network