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Chris Capuano is mixing his pitches well during his 18 2-3 scoreless innings streak for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

It sounds similar to the formula Colorado Rockies starter Jamie Moyer has used since his big-league debut in 1986.

These left-handers match up Friday night in the opener of a weekend series at Dodger Stadium.

Capuano (4-0, 2.21 ERA) figured to be the Dodgers' third-best southpaw in the rotation behind Clayton Kershaw and Ted Lilly, but he has measured up so far to those more accomplished starters. He's posted a 1.42 ERA in winning all three home starts and hasn't yielded a run since Atlanta's David Ross homered off him in the second inning April 23.

"I added a breaking ball in spring training that's been helping me out and that I have a pretty good feel for," Capuano said. "It's good having a couple of more weapons out there."

He's off to his best start record-wise since beginning 5-0 with Milwaukee in 2007. Capuano will look to fare better against the Rockies (13-17) than he did last year when he was 0-2 with a 6.57 ERA in two matchups.

Capuano's approach is comparable to how Moyer pitches. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is well aware of the 49-year-old's repertoire since his 20 at-bats against Moyer (1-2, 4.01) are more than all but two current Los Angeles hitters.

"I faced him," Mattingly told the Dodgers' official website. "He was a soft tosser then. It's not like he went from Nolan Ryan to what he's doing now. He was always crafty. I'm sure he's a lot like he was in Philly and the last few times we saw him."

This is Moyer's first start since he yielded a season-high six runs over five-plus innings and did not receive a decision in a 13-9 loss to Atlanta last Saturday, accusing the Braves of stealing signs afterward.

Moyer is 0-2 with a 10.26 ERA in three starts versus the Dodgers (20-11) since his last win against them in 2000.

NL batting leader Matt Kemp is 3 for 7 with a homer against Moyer and NL RBI leader Andre Ethier is 1 for 8.

Kemp has now gone a season-high eight straight games without homering after going deep a league-high 12 times in his first 23.

The center fielder was 3 for 10 with a solo homer and five walks while Ethier went 4 for 11 with a three-run homer as Los Angeles lost two of three at Colorado from April 30-May 2.

Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez went 5 for 11 with three homers and seven RBIs in that series. He's hitting .509 with six homers and 19 RBIs during a 14-game hitting streak against Los Angeles.

Gonzalez, who has seven multihit efforts in his last 12 games, is hitless in six at-bats versus Capuano while Troy Tulowitzki is 5 for 8 with two solo homers and three walks.

Tulowitzki is expected back in the lineup after sitting out Wednesday's 6-2 win at San Diego with a sore left groin as Colorado ended a season-high five-game slide.

"I kind of took a smart day here," he told the Rockies' official website. "It's tough because we aren't playing well. It's not an easy thing for me."

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