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The Colorado Rockies arrived in Los Angeles having won their first six road games and riding one of the best starts in team history.

They've been little match for a Dodgers lineup paced by a scorching Adrian Gonzalez, who will try to lead his team to a third consecutive home sweep of the Rockies on Sunday.

Colorado has been outscored 13-6 in two games at Dodger Stadium following a 7-2 start. Los Angeles (8-3) has totaled 19 hits in those games with nine for extra bases.

The Dodgers had nine hits and four doubles in a 6-3 win Saturday, and are batting .314 with 37 runs during a six-game win streak. Gonzalez, who drove in three Saturday, is hitting .523 with five homers, eight doubles and 14 RBIs while hitting safely in all 11 games.

That is the NL's longest to open this season, and Oakland's Billy Butler has a 12-game streak. If Gonzalez can match Butler's run, he'd have the longest by a Dodgers player to open a season since Matt Kemp's 14-game run in 2009.

"That's pretty amazing," pitcher Zack Greinke said. "He went through a little slump last year, and that's the first time I think I've seen him go through one since I've been here. But right now, he's as hot as it gets."

Gonzalez and the Dodgers will try to remain hot while registering their first seven-game win streak since August 2013.

The Dodgers, 7-1 at home, might need a better outing from Brandon McCarthy (1-0, 6.75 ERA) to extend a series-best eight-game home win streak over the Rockies (7-4). The right-hander gave up five runs in seven innings Monday - all on four homers - in a 6-5 win over Seattle in 10 innings.

He also walked none and struck out 10, giving him 19 in his first two starts and second-most on the Dodgers behind Clayton Kershaw's 26.

McCarthy is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in four lifetime starts against Colorado and was charged with six runs in six innings in his only matchup last season, a 9-4 loss for Arizona on April 5.

Eddie Butler (1-0, 1.64) will try to allow his team to escape Chavez Ravine with a victory by winning in back-to-back outings for the first time. The right-hander didn't let a career-worst six walks and five hits affect him too much Monday as he lasted 5 1-3 innings in a 2-0 victory in San Francisco.

Butler has made five major league starts and his two against the Dodgers have easily been his worst. He's 0-1 with a 9.90 ERA in those games compared to 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his other three.

Justin Turner went 4 for 5 with a double in those meetings and Gonzalez had a solo homer in his four at-bats.

Troy Tulowitzki is 5 for 9 with a home run and a double against McCarthy. He's batting .349 while hitting safely in 10 of the first 11 games.

DJ LeMahieu, batting .463, is 2 for 6 lifetime versus McCarthy.

"I'm just seeing the ball well. I had a good first series and I've just tried to carry it on," he said.

Los Angeles outfielder Carl Crawford is hoping to return after sitting out Saturday with a stomach illness.

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