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Dodgers starting pitching has fueled stretch run

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San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

The Dodgers have been able to stop the bleeding of late thanks to strong starting pitching, and will look for more of the same on Tuesday night against the Padres at Dodger Stadium.

Beginning with Sept. 12 in San Francisco, when the Dodgers snapped their 11-game losing streak, Dodgers starting pitchers have allowed 16 total runs in 13 games, and the team is 8-5 during that stretch.

The only starter during that time to give up more than two runs was Clayton Kershaw, who allowed his first career grand slam on Sept. 18 in Philadelphia. Dodgers starting pitchers in the last 13 games have a collective 1.74 ERA with 78 strikeouts and 12 walks in 72⅓ innings.

During the stretch of 16 losses in 17 games, Dodgers starters had a 6.57 ERA in 75⅓ innings.

Alex Wood gets the start on Tuesday night, having allowed two total runs in 12 innings over his last two starts. He has allowed two or fewer runs in 16 of his 24 starts this season.

Notes

  • The Dodgers need one win in their final two games of this series to set a team record for home wins in a season (56) since moving to Los Angeles.
  • A Dodgers win and a Nationals loss on Tuesday would give the Dodgers home field advantage throughout the National League playoffs.
  • With 102 runs scored in 17 games against the Padres this season, the Dodgers are averaging six runs against a divisional opponent for the first time since averaging 6.58 runs against the Rockies in 2006.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA, KTLA, MLB Network