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Dodgers continue to find offense on the road

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The Dodgers have a chance to conclude their second-longest road trip of the season with a winning record on Sunday night in their series finale against the Cardinals on ESPN.

This current nine-game trip has seen the Dodgers go 4-4 out of the All-Star break, and a win on Sunday would even their road record on the season, currently 25-26.

That .500 mark is near where the Dodgers have mostly lived away from home this season. In their three previous longest trips in 2016, the club went 4-3, 3-4 and 3-4. There is one more seven-game trip planned this season, Aug. 16-22 in Philadelphia and Cincinnati, and a 10-game trip from Sept. 9-18 against the Marlins, Yankees and Diamondbacks.

On this current road trip, the Dodgers have hit well, scoring 44 runs (5.5 per game) while hitting .278/.337/.437. The main culprits are exactly who you might imagine.

Justin Turner has five home runs and 14 RBI during the eight-game trip, hitting .378 (14-for-37).

Howie Kendrick, owner of an active 15-game hitting streak, and during this trip is hitting .400/.488/.543 with seven runs scored.

Corey Seager is hitting .407 (11-for-27) with five doubles, and the only thing that kept him down was a stomach flu that wiped him out for three games.

But there have been other contributors too on the trip. Andrew Toles and Scott Van Slyke have combined to form one very productive outfielder, hitting .389 (14-for-36) with three doubles during the trip, and Chris Taylor has slugged .591 in his 24 plate appearances, including his six-RBI game in Arizona.

On the season, the Dodgers are third in the National League in scoring on the road, averaging 4.69 runs per game away from home.

That offense will face Mike Mayers, who will be called up from Triple-A Memphis to make his major league debut for the Cardinals. The 24-year-old right-hander, drafted by St. Louis in the third round in 2013, is 8-5 with a 2.62 ERA in 18 minor league starts this season, nine each for Double-A Springfield and Triple-A, with 86 strikeouts and 36 walks in 106⅔ innings.

The only Dodger to have faced Mayers is Andrew Toles, who was 3-for-3 against Mayers on May 10, for Double-A Tulsa at home against Springfield. In addition to the three singles, one of the infield variety, Toles also stole a base against Mayers.

Scott Kazmir starts for the Dodgers, coming off a seven-inning start on Tuesday in Washington. That was his second-longest start of the season, behind only an 8⅔-inning gem against these Cardinals on May 14 at Dodger Stadium.

Beginning with that start against St. Louis, Kazmir is 6-0 with a 3.61 ERA in 12 starts, with 78 strikeouts (a 27.5-percent strikeout rate) and 27 walks in 67⅓ innings. Opponents during that span are hitting .213/.295/.361 against him.

Game info

Time: 5:05 p.m. PT