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Dodgers hope third time is a charm

Los Angeles Dodgers v San Diego Padres Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

SAN DIEGO — The Dodgers for a third time this season try for a third consecutive win, continuing their series against the Padres on Tuesday night at Petco Park.

Everything has come in bunches so far for the Dodgers this season: lose two, win two, lose four, win two, lose three, win two.

Alex Wood is on the mound trying to extend that win streak to three, and looking to bounce back from allowing seven runs and not getting out of the fourth inning last Wednesday against the A’s. He has a 2.25 ERA in 28 career innings in San Diego, with 35 strikeouts and 11 walks.

Starting lineups

Pos Dodgers Pos Padres
Pos Dodgers Pos Padres
CF Taylor LF Pirela
SS Seager (L) SS Galvis (S)
LF Kemp 1B Hosmer (L)
1B Bellinger (L) RF Renfroe
C Grandal (S) 3B Villanueva
RF Puig CF Cordero (L)
2B Utley (L) C Ellis
3B Farmer 2B Asuaje (L)
P Wood P Mitchell
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT TV: SportsNet LA

The Dodgers have scored just one total run with Wood in the game in his three starts, which is a big reason why the club is 0-3 in those games. But they have scored 17 runs in their last two games, both wins.

“The at-bat quality up and down the lineup was very good,” manager Dave Roberts said after Monday’s win. “We took walks when we needed to and stressed those guys.”

Taking those walks when they need to might come a little easier on Tuesday, if the start to this season is any indication. Bryan Mitchell, acquired from the Yankees during the offseason, has a whopping 14 walks and just three strikeouts in his three starts with San Diego, and a 5.27 ERA.

Among the 157 major league pitchers with at least 10 innings in 2018, Mitchell ranks 157th with a 21.2% walk rate. He has more walks than strikeouts in all three starts so far this season.

The Padres are running the same lineup as Monday night with the exception of A.J. Ellis starting at catcher in place of Austin Hedges.

Ellis since leaving the Dodgers in August 2016 is 3-for-8 (.375) with a pair of doubles against his former team, with all of that coming in 2017 with Miami.

San Diego move

The Padres made a roster move before Tuesday’s game, swapping left-handed relievers in their bullpen. Tyler Webb was recalled from the minors and Kyle McGrath was optioned to Triple-A El Paso. McGrath pitched an inning on Monday night and has pitched three total innings over the last two days.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA