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Dodgers Finish First Half With Weekend Series Against Padres

The Dodgers finally got into the win column Thursday night, and look for more of the same Friday night as they open a three-game weekend series with the Padres at Dodger Stadium. Chad Billingsley gets the start in the opener for the Dodgers, opposed by Mat Latos of the Padres. The Dodgers are 3-3 against the Padres this season.

Billingsley is coming off a complete game loss on Sunday in Anaheim. He allowed three runs, all in the seventh inning, including a tiebreaking home run by Russell Branyan to suffer the loss, evening his record at 7-7 this year. Billingsley has allowed four total runs in 19 1/3 innings over his last three starts, for a 1.86 ERA. In eight home starts this season, Billingsley is 3-3 with a 2.81 ERA.

Latos is 5-9 this season with a 4.26 ERA. In five career starts against the Dodgers, Latos is 2-2 with a 3.12 ERA with 11 walks and 31 strikeouts in 26 innings. The Dodgers won two of three games against the Padres in San Diego in April, and the Padres returned the favor at Dodger Stadium later in the month. The Dodgers are just 20-27 at home this year.

Tonight's 7:10 p.m. 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.