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Rockies-Dodgers Preview

The Los Angeles Dodgers still own the most home wins in baseball, but they haven't come as frequently lately.

They'll try to avoid losing three of four there to the last-place Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

Los Angeles (23-13) is atop the NL West, thanks in part to hitting .280 with 31 homers and averaging 5.5 runs while going 16-5 at home.

That offense, however, hasn't been as potent in the last four games there, with a .233 average and 15 total runs resulting in three losses.

They were limited to three hits by Jorge De La Rose and two relievers in Saturday's 7-1 defeat, falling to a Colorado (13-20) team that had won once in the previous 13 games.

Adrian Gonzalez should be back in the lineup after getting a day off Saturday. The first baseman is second in the majors with a .356 average and he's 13 for 30 (.433) with 16 RBIs, two homers and eight doubles in his last nine meetings with the Rockies.

Gonzalez has treated scheduled starter Kyle Kendrick rudely, going 7 for 15 with four doubles.

Kendrick (1-4, 7.65 ERA) owns the highest qualifying ERA in the majors by over one run, and he's 1-4 with an 8.40 ERA in six starts at Dodger Stadium.

He was pounded for six runs and seven hits over 4 2-3 innings in a 7-3 loss there April 17, giving up a pair of run-scoring doubles to Gonzalez, while Howie Kendrick had a two-run homer and an RBI double.

The right-hander, though, is coming off one of his best outings of the season, yielding two runs in seven innings before leaving without a decision in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

"I wanted to establish my sinker and changeup early and work off of that," Kendrick said. "I really wanted to just focus on pitching down, because when I've gotten hit, everything was up."

It's unclear if the Rockies will have shortstop Troy Tulowitzki back after he sat out Saturday with tightness in his left quadriceps. He's 6 for 38 (.158) in his last 10 games in Los Angeles.

His replacement, Daniel Descalso, is 4 for 7 with five RBIs in two games after connecting for a two-run homer Saturday - his first since Aug. 2, 2013, with St. Louis.

"He's a professional player. He's always been on the bench, pulling for everybody and waiting for his opportunity," Carlos Gonzalez said. "It's really nice to see a guy like him take advantage of his opportunity, now that Tulo is a little sore."

The Dodgers are turning to Mike Bolsinger (1-0, 1.59), who earned another turn in the rotation after allowing one run and five hits in 5 2-3 innings of an 11-1 win over Miami on Tuesday, hours after being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City for what was supposed to be a spot start.

"I just tried to put myself in a good position to stay up here," Bolsinger said. "I didn't have my fastball command that I wanted so I just threw a lot of curveballs and sliders and was able to get some groundouts."

The right-hander gave up four runs and nine hits - including a two-run homer to Tulowitzki - in five innings while not figuring in the decision for Arizona in a 5-4 loss to Colorado on April 29, 2014.

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