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Dodgers try to bounce back after another series-opening loss in Colorado

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Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

The Dodgers find themselves in a familiar position this season, with the second game of a road series after dropping the opener. Clayton Kershaw takes the mound against the Rockies on Friday night in Denver.

With their 10-7 loss on Thursday night, the Dodgers lost the first game of a road series for the fifth time in six tries in 2017, which has contributed to their 7-9 away record this season.

It is even more familiar at Coors Field, where the Dodgers have dropped each of their last six series openers. Their last win to open a road series against the Rockies came on June 1, 2015.

Kershaw was on the mound that night, and he starts for the Dodgers on Friday, hoping to wipe the memory of his worst start of the season. He allowed three home runs in a loss in Denver on Apr. 8, including giving up back-to-back home runs for the first time in his career.

Redlands native Tyler Chatwood starts for the Rockies, coming off his best home start of the season. He allowed just one run on two hits and three walks to the Diamondbacks in seven innings last Sunday. That snapped a streak of five straight starts at Coors Field, dating back to last season, of allowing at least four runs.

Since the start of 2016, Chatwood has a 5.95 ERA in 18 starts at Coors Field, with 74 strikeouts, 46 walks, and 16 home runs allowed in 101⅓ innings.

The Dodgers are 1-4 in the second game of a series at Coors Field after those last five losses. The lone win came Apr. 23, 2016, against Chatwood.

Game info

Time: 5:40 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA,MLB Network