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Saturday, April 20th (All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Dodgers (7-8) at Baltimore Orioles (8-7), 1:05 & 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Game 1: Los Angeles - Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-1, 2.89) Baltimore - Jason Hammel (2-1, 4.34)
Game 2: Los Angeles - Josh Beckett (0-2, 3.26) Baltimore - Wei-Yin Chen (0-2, 4.00)
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers had to wait one extra day for a chance to halt their four-game losing streak.
After Friday's opener of a three-game series was rained out, the Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles are set for a day/night doubleheader on Saturday at Camden Yards.
Los Angeles starts this six-game road trip on the heels of being swept by the San Diego Padres following a 7-2 loss on Wednesday. Adrian Gonzalez went 3- for-3 with an RBI and Matt Kemp added a sacrifice fly for the Dodgers, losers in five of their last six.
Clayton Kershaw surrendered five runs -- three earned -- on seven hits. He struck out five and walked four.
Hoping to get untracked on Saturday, the Dodgers will turn to Korean righty Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has won his last two starts. Ryu was on the hill the last time Los Angeles won on Saturday in Arizona, as he held the Diamondbacks to three runs and six hits in six innings to run his record to 2-1 to go along with a 2.89 ERA.
"It's improved over the last couple of games," Ryu said of the slider. "I'm utilizing it more, especially against righties. I'm just getting into shape the way I would in Korea. Back to my normal form."
In the nightcap, the Dodgers go with right-hander Josh Beckett, who took a shutout into the ninth inning of his last start before dropping a 1-0 decision on Sunday to the Diamondbacks.
Beckett fanned nine through the first eight innings and picked up a quick out to begin the ninth before yielding a double and an intentional walk. Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt then smacked a game-winning run-scoring single off Beckett, dropping the 32-year-old to 0-2 through three starts this season with a 3.26 ERA.
"I felt like I threw the ball pretty good," Beckett said. "I had some good plays made behind me."
Beckett has pitched to a .500 record in his career versus the Orioles, going 7-7 with a 4.36 ERA in 20 meetings. However, he did lose both starts against them a season ago.
Baltimore, meanwhile, won in dramatic fashion on Thursday, as Matt Wieters hit a grand slam in the 10th inning to give the Orioles a 10-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
It was also the 17th straight win in extra innings for the Orioles, which includes 16 games from last season. It is the longest such streak since the Pittsburgh Pirates won 21 in a row in extras from June 1959-July 1960.
Steve Pearce and Nolan Reimold each hit a two-run home run for the Orioles, who have alternated wins and losses over their past six games.
Getting the call for the O's on Saturday against Ryu will be righty Jason Hammel, who is 2-1 with a 4.34 ERA. Hammel beat the New York Yankees on Saturday, limiting them to three runs (2 earned) and eight hits in six innings.
"I feel great," Hammel said. "I'm doing the same routine and just making sure I stay on top of the smaller things with a little more treatment or icing when necessary."
Hammel has faced the Dodgers 13 times (9 starts) and is 2-5 with a 5.47 ERA against them.
Set to follow Hammel in the second game is left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, who hasn't won since Aug. 19 not counting his playoff victory over the New York Yankees this past postseason.
After not getting a decision in his first start of 2013, the 27-year-old has dropped back-to-back outings versus the Boston Red Sox and Yankees, giving up three runs in each outing while throwing a combined 12 1/3 innings. However, Baltimore scored just once in the two games.
Chen will hope for more support tonight when he faces the Dodgers for the first time in his career.
Baltimore hasn't hosted the Dodgers since 2002 when L.A. took two of three. The Dodgers have since swept a three-game set from the O's at Dodger Stadium in 2004.
04/20 10:30:54 ET
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