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Dodgers try to find elusive success in San Francisco

Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Dodgers find themselves with an opportunity of sorts this week, with a four-game series against the — wait for it — last-place Giants, trying to get back on track themselves in the National League West. The Dodgers will try to do something they haven’t done since 2014 — win a series at San Francisco.

Last year, the Dodgers were 2-8 at AT&T Park, matching their record in that park in 2015 as well. Since both teams moved west in 1958, the only year that saw the Dodgers have a worse record in San Francisco was in 1958, when they lost nine of 11 games at Seals Stadium.

That was when the National League had just eight teams and no divisions, and every team played each other 22 times a season.

The Dodgers have lost five straight games at AT&T Park, and have been swept three times there in the last two seasons. The only series they didn't lose during that time was from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2015, a four-game split. But at least the Dodgers could take solace that the first of their two victories in that series clinched the division.

Worst Dodgers records in SF

Year W-L Pct
Year W-L Pct
1958 2-9 0.182
2016 2-8 0.200
2015 2-8 0.200
2003 2-8 0.200
1983 2-7 0.222
1969 2-7 0.222
1967 2-7 0.222
1964 2-7 0.222

Hyun-jin Ryu starts the series opener for the Dodgers, his first start against the Giants since Sept. 12, 2014, a start in San Francisco that saw him leave after one inning with shoulder irritation, a harbinger of the two lost seasons to come.

Prior to that, Ryu was 4-1 with a 2.76 ERA in five starts at AT&T Park.

This season, Ryu is trying to turn things around after three straight losses, with six home runs allowed in 15⅓ innings.

Matt Cain is on a comeback of his own, after a pair of injury-plagued years that saw him post a 5.70 ERA in 150 innings over 2015-16. He allowed four runs in San Diego in his first start this season, but has allowed one run in each of his last two starts, both Giants wins.

Those are two of the Giants’ three wins in their last 11 games.

The Dodgers are also in search of their first road series win of the season, having dropped two of three games in each of their trips of 2017, to Denver, Chicago, and Phoenix.

Game info

Time: 7:15 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network