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The Associated Press

Even with two of their recent marquee additions in the mix, the Los Angeles Dodgers have hit a rut.

Looking to bounce back from one of their worst losses of the season, the Dodgers try to avoid a third consecutive defeat Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

After Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer during an 8-2 win over Miami in the first at-bat of his Los Angeles tenure Saturday, the Dodgers (69-60) have been outscored 16-2 while losing the next two contests.

Josh Beckett, who came over with Gonzalez in the megadeal with Boston over the weekend, allowed three runs, seven hits and three walks in 5 2-3 innings of a 10-0 loss at Colorado in his Dodgers debut Monday. Gonzalez, hitless in three at-bats with a walk, is 3 for 12 in three games for Los Angeles.

Losers in five of seven, the Dodgers are 2 1/2 games behind first-place San Francisco in the NL West.

Los Angeles, which also has acquired stars Shane Victorino and Hanley Ramirez since the All-Star break, was held to four hits while falling to 2-5 at Coors Field this season. Ramirez is 0 for 12 in the last three games, and 4 for 32 (.125) with 11 strikeouts in his last eight.

"If we don't make the playoffs and don't go to the World Series, then it's not a good season,'' Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said. "If you look at it on paper, we should win games. There are no excuses now.''

Chris Capuano (11-9, 3.38 ERA) looks to bounce back from his last outing when he tries to avoid a fifth straight losing start at Coors Field. The left-hander allowed five runs and struck out 24 over 22 1-3 innings while going 1-1 in his previous three starts before he was tagged for six runs in five innings of an 8-4 loss to the Giants on Wednesday.

Capuano is 1-2 with a 3.26 ERA against the Rockies this season. He's allowed three runs over 14 innings while going 1-1 against them at home, but yielded seven - four earned - and walked four in 5 1-3 innings of a 13-3 loss at Coors on June 1. He is 0-4 with a 5.04 ERA in Denver since winning there with Milwaukee on Aug. 17, 2005.

Colorado's Tyler Colvin, who has never faced Capuano, is batting .423 (11 for 26) with nine RBIs in his last seven at Colorado, where the Rockies (52-75) have won six of eight.

Tyler Chatwood (3-3, 4.98) makes his sixth straight start for the Rockies since he was recalled from the minors Aug. 5. At the mercy of manager Jim Tracy's 75-pitch limit, the right-hander was pulled after he allowed three hits, three walks and fanned three over 65 pitches and three innings of a 1-0 win at New York on Thursday.

"You always want to be economical," Chatwood said. "I think that's your job as a starting pitcher, to go as deep as you can in a game. And I think that 75 pitches kind of makes you go right after the guy.''

Chatwood went 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA last year in his only two previous appearances against the Dodgers while with the Angels.

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