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Chicago at Los Angeles

Venue: Dodger Stadium

After Zack Greinke's performance in the series opener exemplified how the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting rotation is among the best in the majors, Clayton Kershaw will look to provide an encore.

Kershaw takes the mound for the NL West leaders Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium as they look to win a ninth straight meeting with the Chicago Cubs for the first time in franchise history.

The Dodgers' rotation has a baseball-best 3.13 ERA after Greinke came within one out of recording his fifth career shutout in Monday's 6-2 win. He also added an RBI single for Los Angeles (77-54), which matched its club-record winning streak against Chicago set from June 9, 1974-May 19, 1975.

"Pitching is like the business and hitting is more the fun part," Greinke said.

The Dodgers shined offensively, too, as Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig, who had three hits, homered to help them remain 9 1/2 games ahead of second-place Arizona in the West.

Los Angeles scored just five runs while dropping two of three to Boston over the weekend.

"Zack throwing zeros early gives us a chance to shake out the cobwebs from the last series," manager Don Mattingly said

Kershaw (13-7, 1.72 ERA) has tossed up plenty of zeros while leading the majors in ERA. He's in position to join Lefty Grove (1929-31) and Greg Maddux (1993-95) as the only pitchers since 1901 to finish at the top of that category in three straight seasons.

The left-hander has pitched eight innings in five of his last six starts, going 4-1 with a 0.78 ERA. He has won three straight outings and threw eight scoreless innings in each of the last two, including Thursday's 6-0 win at Miami.

"He keeps coming after people," Mattingly said. "He raises the bar pretty high pretty much every time out. He has a rough inning or two and we worry about (how he will react mentally). He sets the bar high, but that's okay."

Kershaw has been great against the Cubs in his career as well, going 3-1 with a 1.61 ERA in four starts. Starlin Castro is 0 for 13 against him.

Chicago (55-76), which has dropped six of seven, had only three hits through eight innings Monday before Brian Bogusevic's two-run double with two outs on Greinke's final pitch.

"We really didn't muster up a whole lot until that last inning," said manager Dale Sveum, whose club has hit .175 with runners in scoring position over the last 14 games.

Chicago likely won't have it any easier against Kershaw as it looks to end the skid against the Dodgers with help from Travis Wood, who is 1-2 with a 7.65 ERA in four career starts versus Los Angeles.

Wood (7-10, 3.22) is 0-3 with a 5.16 ERA in his last five outings overall, a stretch that began when he allowed five runs and seven hits while walking five in a season-low 3 1-3 innings of a 6-2 loss to the Dodgers on Aug. 2.

The left-hander allowed four runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 5-4, 13-inning loss to Washington on Thursday.

The Cubs have lost four straight at Dodger Stadium.

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Probable Starters

Travis Wood, LHP
2013 stats
165.0 Innings Pitched 198.1
7-10 Wins-Losses 13-7
3.22 Earned Run Average 1.72
54 Walks 43
116 Strikeouts 188
98 Pitches Per Start 106
Career vs. opponent
20.0 Innings Pitched 28.0
1-2 Wins-Losses 3-1
7.65 Earned Run Average 1.61

Clayton Kershaw, LHP
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Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Chi Cubs3rd NL Central4336.5448 ½ 4-6 W 1
Los Angeles1st NL West4636.561-7-3 W 1
vs Clayton Kershaw
vs Travis Wood

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