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Though not providing his usual contributions on the basepaths, Dee Gordon has put together a strong stretch at the plate.

Zack Greinke would appreciate some production when he's on the mound.

Gordon looks to build on one of his best offensive performances to back Greinke, who hopes to avoid going winless in four straight starts for the first time in his Los Angeles Dodgers career Tuesday night against the visiting Colorado Rockies.

Gordon leads the majors with 36 stolen bases but has been caught in his only two attempts over the past nine games. However, he's continued to make a major impact in his first full season as the Dodgers' leadoff hitter and second baseman.

He's hitting .341 in the last 11 games, while his .996 OPS over that stretch is 260 points higher than his season mark.

Gordon has seven runs and six extra-base hits in that span, including his fourth career homer, and had four hits in Monday's 6-1 win in the opener of this three-game set. He scored the Dodgers' first run off his NL-leading seventh triple and an error by left fielder Charlie Blackmon in the third inning.

The Dodgers (38-34) collected 15 hits and have a .328 average in their last four home games, winning three, after losing six of eight while batting .207.

"I think it's fun, for us to have a little hit party here and there and enjoy it," said Matt Kemp, who had two hits and two RBIs and is batting .424 in his last 10 games. "We've had a tough little stretch, but that happens in baseball. Hopefully we don't hit one of those again and we stay consistent and keep grinding it out."

Greinke (8-3, 2.65 ERA) has hit a bit of a rough stretch, going 0-2 with a 4.26 ERA in three games this month. He hasn't had a longer winless streak since an eight-start stretch with Milwaukee and the Angels in 2012.

His recent struggles include giving up four runs and a season-high 11 hits in seven innings of a 5-4 loss in 10 at Colorado on June 7. The offense let him down five days later in a 4-1 defeat at Cincinnati, where he allowed a two-run homer in the first inning before tossing five scoreless.

He's been backed by one total run of support in two starts versus the Rockies at Dodger Stadium, splitting those decisions despite allowing one run in 15 innings with 16 strikeouts.

Gordon hasn't given Greinke any help over his last four starts, going 0 for 14.

The Rockies (34-36) were held to four hits Monday after entering the series with a .325 average during a five-game winning streak.

Blackmon and Troy Tulowitzki combined to go 0 for 8. Blackmon was 9 for 17 over the previous four games and Tulowitzki was 7 for 12 in his last four.

Jhoulys Chacin (1-4, 4.53) attempts to build on his best performance of the season by getting his first road win of 2014.

The right-hander yielded two hits in seven scoreless innings of Thursday's 10-3 win over Atlanta, lowering his season ERA by nearly a run.

Now, he'll try to win back-to-back starts for the first time since August, but he's 0-2 with a 5.32 ERA in four road outings. However, Chacin has a 2.63 career ERA at Chavez Ravine.

He allowed three runs in six innings opposite Greinke earlier this month.

Gordon is 3 for 9 with a homer off Chacin.

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