Though Clayton Kershaw beat the Arizona Diamondbacks away from home to open season, he still needs to end his slide at Chase Field.
The left-hander looks to avoid losing a fifth straight start there Saturday night when Los Angeles tries for an eighth consecutive victory over the Diamondbacks away from Dodger Stadium.
Kershaw (2-0, 1.74 ERA) allowed a run, five hits and struck out seven in 6 2-3 innings during a 3-1 victory March 22 in Australia to improve to 1-0 with a 1.31 ERA in his last three starts versus Arizona. An inflamed back muscle kept Kershaw out of action until May 6 when he struck out nine over seven scoreless innings of an 8-3 win at Washington.
He followed that performance by yielding three runs, including a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning, in a 7-4, 10-inning home loss to San Francisco on Sunday.
"For me to give up the home run after we got the lead, I kind of gave it up there," Kershaw told the Dodgers' official website. "For me, personally, I've got to shut it down right there."
Kershaw has a 4.15 ERA in losing his last four starts at Chase Field since earning the victory in a 6-4 win July 15, 2011, which capped a three-start win streak in Arizona.
Los Angeles (23-20) has averaged 7.2 runs during a five-game winning streak at Chase Field. Including the two wins in Australia to open the season, the Dodgers have outscored the Diamondbacks 46-23 and shut them out twice during a seven-game undefeated run away from Chavez Ravine.
''They have outplayed us, outpitched us,'' Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.
Yasiel Puig homered for one of his three hits and had two RBIs as the Dodgers beat Arizona (16-28) for the third straight time and ninth in 10 meetings overall, 7-0 on Friday.
Puig is batting .426 with five home runs and 19 RBIs during a 15-game hitting streak. He's hit .436 with two of those homers and 10 RBIs in his last nine road contests.
''I'm trying to get hits and put a swing on good pitches,'' said Puig, who is 6 for 18 with three RBIs at Chase Field this season.
Arizona has totaled one run and 11 hits in losing two in a row after averaging 4.3 runs while batting .283 during a stretch of five victories in seven games.
Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is 3 for 26 with three doubles and nine strikeouts in seven games since batting .450 with four homers during a nine-game hitting streak. He's 4 for 23 (.174) with a home run and nine strikeouts against Kershaw.
The Dodgers will get their first look at scheduled Arizona starter Chase Anderson (1-0, 1.69), who yielded a home run and one other hit while striking out six and walking a batter in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday in his major league debut.
"After I threw the first pitches, I was like, OK, this is the same game and it calmed me down right there," the right-hander said. ''I just tried to attack the hitters. It was fun."