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Dodgers try for 11 straight in Freeway Series opener vs. Angels

New York Mets v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers are back on the interleague play portion of their schedule, with four games this week against the Angels. The Freeway Series gets started with two games at Dodger Stadium, beginning Monday night in Los Angeles.

Rich Hill starts the opener, looking to build off his eight-strikeout performance last Wednesday against the Mets. Hill allowed one run in five innings in that start, something he has done every other start this season.

In the four starts in between those five one-run, five-inning starts, Hill has allowed 17 runs in 18 innings. It’s been a weird season, one in which that so far, he hasn’t seen the sixth inning.

The Dodgers offense is on some roll, with 79 runs scored during their 10-game winning streak. They are averaging 7.06 runs per game over their last 17 contests, of which they have won 16.

In each of those last 17 games, the Dodgers have hit at least one home run, tying the 1960 squad for the longest streak with a home run since the club moved to Los Angeles in 1958. The only streak longer in Brooklyn was a 24-game stretch in 1953.

The Dodgers hit 39 home runs during that 1953 streak, and have hit 41 home runs during their current 17-game streak.

Standing in their way of an 18-game streak is old friend and Corona native Ricky Nolasco of the Angels, who is tied for the major league lead with 23 home runs allowed this season.

The Dodgers are up to 44 home runs hit in June, with five games remaining in the month. The franchise record for home runs in a month is 49, set by that 1953 Brooklyn team, who hit 49 home runs in both July and August on their way to the National League pennant.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA, Fox Sports West