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'Snakebit' Scott Kazmir remains confident, Dodgers continue to struggle at home

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- Scott Kazmir allowed two more home runs in Monday's loss to the Mets and sports a 5.54 ERA through seven starts. But he and the team remain confident that things will turn around.

"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 after the game. "I'm confident out there, I know exactly what I'm doing. It's just a matter of executing."

The mistakes on Monday included a fastball that caught too much of the plate for the first pitch of the game, a home run by Curtis Granderson; a hanging changeup to Kevin Plawecki for another home run in the second; and a first-pitch change to pitcher Steven Matz, who doubled in the sixth for an insurance run.

"The stuff, again, was really good. It just seems that every mistake he makes seems to go out of the ballpark," manager Dave Roberts said. "He's a little snakebit, but as far as stuff, it's just important for him to keep his confidence, because he is throwing the baseball well."

There are positive signs for Kazmir, who has 36 strikeouts in 37⅓ innings this season and a solid 21.7-percent strikeout rate that ranks above the National League average of 20.9 percent for starters.

"I've been through tougher times than this, that's for sure," Kazmir said. "You just have to go out there and stay positive, and just continue to progress."

"He's frustrated, but he's a pro and he'll be ready for his next start," Roberts said.

Home woes

Monday's loss dropped the Dodgers to just 5-9 at home, a stunning start after setting a Los Angeles franchise record with 55 home runs in 2015.

"We're all a little frustrated, or surprised by it, because we look forward to coming home. We love playing here, and getting in front of our fans," Roberts said. "To not win baseball games here in this short sample is a little frustrating, but it will all even out. We'll play well, and we'll win games here."

The club has scored just 37 runs in 14 home games, averaging 2.64 runs per game at Dodger Stadium, compared to 5.44 runs per game on the road. Monday night, with just two runs scored, marked the 12th time in 14 home games the Dodgers were held to three or fewer runs.

"Our offense the last couple of weeks, we've struggled to score runs," said Trayce Thompson, who knocked in both runs Monday with a home run. "We've had some good games where we scored lot, like in Tampa, but we've just got to start clicking offensively like we did at the beginning of the season, and that will take care of itself.

"I think hitting is contagious ... I think guys are probably trying to do too much right now, that's usually the case. We have some established veterans who have been through this, so we'll be okay."

The Dodgers suffered their ninth home loss in 2015 on June 5, in their 30th home game.

Up next

The Dodgers will try to get back on track on Tuesday night, with Alex Wood on the mound, facing off against NLDS tormentor Jacob deGrom for the Mets.