Los Angeles (38-39) at Los Angeles (34-43)

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  • Game info: 4:10 pm EDT Sat Jun 25, 2011
  • TV: FOX
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Hiroki Kuroda(notes) has been one of baseball’s most effective pitchers over the past few weeks.

It’s hard to tell, however, from his win-loss record.

Kuroda looks to shut down the Los Angeles Angels and pick up a rare win, too, when he takes the ball for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday at Chavez Ravine.

Despite posting a 2.50 ERA in eight starts since May 11, Kuroda’s record is 2-5 as he has been backed by an NL-worst 1.61 run support average.

Against Houston on Sunday, Kuroda (5-8, 3.07 ERA) allowed three hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings but didn’t receive any help and Los Angeles (34-43) ended up losing 1-0. The Japanese right-hander hasn’t won since May 17 in Milwaukee.

Although the Dodgers and Angels meet twice every year, this will be Kuroda’s first appearance in the Freeway Series since his 2008 rookie season. He gave up four runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 4-2 loss.

The Angels (38-39) won for the sixth time in seven games against the Dodgers with an 8-3 victory on Friday. The team from Anaheim has also won five straight, and seven of eight at Chavez Ravine.

Erick Aybar(notes) had three of the Angels’ 12 hits in the opener, including a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning. The Angels had to overcome some sloppy baserunning to win for the fourth time in five games, as Dodgers catcher Dioner Navarro(notes) picked off two baserunners and threw out two runners attempting to steal.

“This is the most bizarre baserunning game we’ve seen,” Mike Scioscia said.

The Dodgers lost for the seventh time in 10 games, leaving eight men on base and going 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position.

Matt Kemp(notes) was 2 for 4 with a homer and Andre Ethier(notes) went 3 for 4, but the top two hitters in the batting order, Dee Gordon(notes) and Juan Uribe(notes), were a combined 0 for 10. Kemp and Ethier are a combined 10 for 16 with four RBIs and six runs in the last two games, while the top two hitters are 2 for 20.

The Angels are fully aware of the productivity of Kemp and Ethier, as the two are 14 for 34 (.412) with six RBIs and seven runs in the last four games in this series.

Kemp and Ethier will look to make things difficult on rookie Tyler Chatwood(notes) (4-4, 3.84), who hopes to put his inconsistencies behind him and build on another solid outing.

Chatwood gave up four hits and walked four in seven scoreless innings in Sunday’s 7-3 win over the New York Mets.

Since the start of May, Chatwood has struggled stringing together strong performances. The right-hander has a 0.75 ERA in five of those starts but an 8.74 ERA in the other five.

Chatwood has pitched well in his two interleague outings, however, yielding a run and nine hits over 14 innings in beating Atlanta and the Mets.

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Starting Pitchers

T. Chatwood Col vs. H. Kuroda NYY
6-11 Record 13-16
4.75 ERA 3.07
74 K 161
71 BB 49
1.67 WHIP 1.21

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