Suddenly, the Los Angeles Dodgers are staring at the possibility of a three-game losing streak.
Facing Jacob Turner at Marlins Park may not help.
The Dodgers look to avoid their longest slide in over two months by dealing Turner his first home loss Tuesday night against the NL-worst Miami Marlins.
As recently as Saturday, Los Angeles (72-52) was riding the hottest stretch in baseball since the 1942 St. Louis Cardinals, winning 42 of 50 games to go from the NL West basement to first place.
The Dodgers, though, had their 10-game win streak snapped Sunday at Philadelphia before falling 6-2 on Monday in the opener of this four-game series.
They haven't dropped three straight since June 8-10, and will need to show improvement at the plate if they're going to avoid a similar fate.
Los Angeles was held to four hits in the first six innings by All-Star Jose Fernandez on Monday and went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position overall.
"We didn't play bad," manager Don Mattingly said. "We didn't make any errors. We didn't get a whole lot of hits. We just got beat. At some point you have to say you got beat."
Another challenge awaits as Mattingly's club faces Turner (3-4, 2.89 ERA) for the first time.
The 22-year-old right-hander is looking to continue his dominance at Marlins Park, where he's 4-0 with a 1.89 ERA over his last eight starts dating to last season. That's a stunning contrast to the road, where he's 0-7 with a 3.57 ERA in 12 career games.
Those problems continued Wednesday, when he walked a career-high six with no strikeouts while allowing two runs - one earned - in five innings before Miami rallied for a 5-2 win at Kansas City.
The Dodgers are scheduled to counter with Chris Capuano (4-6, 4.66), who's 2-0 with a 3.82 ERA over his last six starts - all Dodgers wins. However, he's been reached for 10 runs over 9 1-3 innings in his last two only to have his offense bail him out with 12 total runs.
In the four games prior to those outings, the veteran left-hander had a 1.90 ERA, and pitched into the seventh inning three times.
Capuano, who turned 35 Monday, should be happy to see the Marlins, a team he's beaten in each of the last two meetings while allowing one run with 17 strikeouts in 14 1-3 innings. He won 5-0 in his only visit to Marlins Park on Aug. 12, 2012.
Yasiel Puig is 0 for 9 in the past two games and 3 for 23 over his last five, dropping his average from .373 to .351.
Juan Uribe may be back in the lineup after getting half of the Dodgers' six hits Monday. The third baseman is 16 for 31 (.516) in his last 10 games, and owns a .517 average over his past 13 meetings with the Marlins.
Miami's Giancarlo Stanton has homered in two of the last three games, hitting the sculpture in center field Monday. He's gone deep in four straight games against the Dodgers, but is 2 for 14 with no homers versus Capuano.
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