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Kuroda, Dodgers In Desperate Need Of A Win

The Dodgers have lost four straight games, and look to get back into the win column Wednesday night with Hiroki Kuroda on the hill, facing Jon Niese and the Mets. The Dodgers had their most lopsided shutout win in 42 years last Monday in Minnesota, but since then they have scored just 13 runs in seven games and are 1-6. They are 1-4 against the Mets this season.

Kuroda has been a hard luck pitcher this season, leading the club with a 2.90 ERA but is 6-9 in 17 starts. He won his last start, Friday in Anaheim, but that was Kuroda's first win since May 17. In his last six starts, Kuroda has a 1.72 ERA but just one victory to show for it.

Niese is 7-7 with a 3.52 ERA for the Mets, who have outscored the Dodgers 11-2 in the first two games of the series. In fact, since not getting a hit in the first five innings on Monday against Rubby De La Rosa, New York has outscored the Dodgers 11-0 in 13 innings.

On the injury front, Andre Ethier was sent home early last night with flu-like symptoms, though the club hopes to have him back tonight. Aaron Miles suffered a right elbow contusion after being hit by a pitch from Mike Pelfrey in the fifth inning Tuesday night, and left the game one inning later. Results of the x-rays were not immediately known after the game.

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.