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Dodgers notes: Rich Hill at home, Taijuan Walker’s first inning, etc.

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

As the Dodgers try to snap out of their funk on Saturday night against the Diamondbacks, here are some notes before the middle game of the series.

Rich Hill has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his last 13 starts at Dodger Stadium, including the playoffs. That dates back to last July 6, and Hill in those 13 starts has a 1.98 ERA with 89 strikeouts and 24 walks in 72⅔ innings. The Dodgers are 9-4 in those starts.

Dodgers No. 3 hitters — Yasiel Puig the bulk, plus Corey Seager and Matt Kemp mixed in — are hitting .226/.263/.264 and they are one of six teams with no home runs from that spot in the batting order, along with the Mariners, Astros, Marlins, Reds and Phillies.

Nick Ahmed, who homered on Friday in the series opener, is 4-for-9 (.444) with two walks against the Dodgers this season. Ahmed in his career has seven home runs in 32 games against the Dodgers, and 15 home runs in 280 games against every other team.

The Dodgers have scored in the first inning against Taijuan Walker in each of his last four starts against them, including four runs and 48 pitches in the first inning of Game 1 of the 2017 NLDS and three runs last week in Phoenix. In his career against the Dodgers Walker has a 19.50 ERA in the first inning and 2.18 afterward.

The last time the Dodgers were 4-8 was 1994. Baseball canceled the World Series that year.

Game info

Time: 6:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network (joined in progress at 7 p.m.)