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Dodgers vs. Rockies game preview: L.A. looks for third straight win

Can the Dodgers stay hot against Colorado on Friday?

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The Los Angeles Dodgers need every win they can get if they want to have a chance at a playoff berth, but the Colorado Rockies look to spoil their plans at Dodgers Stadium Friday night.

Clayton Kershaw (12-9, 2.68 ERA) takes the bump for L.A., fighting through the hip injury that has pained him down the stretch this season. He is 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA over his last six starts against the Rockies in Los Angeles, but struggled in his lone outing against them this season, giving up five runs in 7 innings of an 8-5 loss on May 2.

Colorado will look for their season-high fifth straight win behind Jeff Francis (5-6, 5.54). He got a no decision after allowing two runs in four innings of Sunday's 10-7 loss to Arizona – the team's last loss before their current streak.

First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. PT with coverage on Prime Ticket and 570 Fox Sports L.A.