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Dodgers go for sweep & 7th straight win in finale with Indians

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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Cleveland Indians David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers go for a second straight sweep, sending Rich Hill to the mound in the morning series finale against the Indians on getaway day on Thursday at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

It had been 14 years since the Dodgers last visited Cleveland, but they picked up right where they left off. The Dodgers swept a three-game series here in 2003, and have won the first two games of this series as well.

The games have been close, with a pair of two-run victories this season, and two one-run wins and a three-run triumph back in 2003.

So far against the Indians, the Dodgers have scored four total runs in the first seven innings of the first two games, and nine runs in the eighth and ninth innings combined.

During the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak, the team has scored 17 of their 36 runs in the eighth or ninth innings.

Trying to keep Cleveland at bay early in the series finale is Rich Hill, who faces an American League team for the first time since getting traded last Aug. 1 from the Athletics to the Dodgers. Before his final, five-pitch, blister-shortened start for the A’s on July 17, 2016, Hill pitched six consecutive quality starts for Oakland against AL opponents.

This year, Hill has allowed one run in five innings in two of his three road starts.

Rather than wait until the eighth inning on Thursday, the Dodgers will try to tally some early runs against Josh Tomlin, who has a 5.73 ERA in 12 starts.

Tomlin hasn’t walked a batter in any of his last five starts, but also sports a 5.53 ERA during that span, going 1-4 with five home runs allowed in 27⅔ innings.

The Dodgers are 14-6 in day games in 2017.

Game info

Time: 9:10 a.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network