Dodgers' Offense Continues To Struggle In Loss To Brewers

The Dodgers have scored eight runs in their last five games.

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Dodgers' Offense Quiet Again In 2-1 Loss To Brewers

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Shaun Marcum won his fifth straight decision and Carlos Gomez made a run-saving catch in the outfield, lifting the Brewers to a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers to start a two-game series. Gomez robbed Juan Uribe of a solo home run in the second inning, sprinting from his position in centerfield to the warning track in left-center and leaping to make the catch over the wall.

It helped Marcum (5-1) remain unbeaten since his Milwaukee debut on April 2. The right-hander allowed one run on five hits and a walk while striking out four in seven innings for the Brewers, who pushed their winning streak to four games after sweeping the Pirates over the weekend. Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks hit RBI singles for Milwaukee. Weeks' base hit scored the winning run in the sixth inning.

Matt Kemp hit a sacrifice fly for the Dodgers, who have lost three in a row and had a four-game winning streak against the Brewers snapped.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Brewers: Starting Lineups

The Dodgers try to snap a two-game losing streak as they host the Milwaukee Brewers Monday night in the first game of a two-game series at Dodger Stadium. Jon Garland, whose last start was rained out after two innings on Thursday, gets the start for the Dodgers, while Shaun Marcum pitches for the Brewers. Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Brewers (19-21)

Weeks 2B
Gomez CF
Braun LF
Fielder 1B
McGehee 3B
Hart RF
Betancourt SS
Lucroy C
Marcum P

Dodgers (19-22)

Carroll SS
Miles 2B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Uribe 3B
Loney 1B
Gibbons LF
Barajas C
Garland P

The Dodgers have scored just seven runs in their last four games, and are 15th in the National League in runs scored on the season, at 3.54 per contest.

Tonight's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Garland, Dodgers Continue Homestand Agaisnt Marcum, Brewers

The Dodgers have been offensively challenged so far in May, but look to put runs on the board Monday night as they welcome the Milwaukee Brewers to town. Jon Garland starts the opener of a two-game series at Dodger Stadium, against Shaun Marcum of the Brewers. Tonight is a battle of two under-.500 teams looking for a springboard into contention in their respective tightly-bunched divisions.

The Dodgers have scored just 34 runs in 13 games in May, an average of 2.62 per game, and that even includes a 10-run outburst last week in Pittsburgh. Luckily they have received superb starting pitching of late, with 20 quality starts in their last 26 games, and a 2.95 collective ERA from the starters in May. Garland is 1-1 in his last four starts with a 2.57 ERA, averaging seven innings per start.

Garland is starting today technically on three days rest, as he started Thursday night in Pittsburgh in a game that was washed away by rain. Garland threw two innings on Thursday before the rains came, and even drove in a run at the plate, but alas those stats will not count. The Dodgers are in the midst of a stretch of 20 scheduled games in 20 days, and moving Garland up to tonight gives the other starters an extra day of rest, beginning with Hiroki Kuroda on Wednesday.

Milwaukee, like the Dodgers, is under .500, though the Brewers have been hot of late. They swept the Pirates over the weekend and have won five of their last six games to improve to 19-21. Milwaukee has had losing streaks of three, four, and seven games this season.

Marcum, acquired from Toronto during the winter, has been stellar this season, with a 4-1 record and a 2.72 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings. He has pitched six or more innings in each of his last seven starts.

Expect the Dodgers to be on the short end of power in this two-game series, as the Brewers are tied for third in the National League with 42 home runs, while the Dodgers have been out-homered 24-10 at home this season. The Dodgers won four of six games against the Brewers in 2010, though Milwaukee won two of the three games at Dodger Stadium.

Tonight's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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