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The Los Angeles Dodgers have been incredibly inconsistent

offensively lately.

They’ve been pretty consistent over the past several seasons

against Roy Oswalt, but that isn’t something they’re proud of.

Seeking his first victory in nearly seven weeks, Oswalt looks to

continue his dominance over the Dodgers when he takes the ball for

the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank


Los Angeles (28-33) had little luck in Monday’s series opener

against Cliff Lee, who struck out 10 in seven shutout innings. The

Dodgers finally scored off reliever Ryan Madson in the ninth but

still ended up losing 3-1.

Monday’s offensive dud came after Los Angeles combined for 20

runs in winning its previous two games against Cincinnati.

This has been an ongoing problem for the Dodgers, who have

scored 46 runs while batting .329 in their last six victories but

have scored four times and hit .191 in their last five losses.

Matt Kemp is in the middle of this erratic stretch, driving in

13 runs in the wins and two in the defeats.

“We’ve got to find a way to break though,” manager Don Mattingly


That might not be so easy against Oswalt (3-3, 2.70 ERA).

The right-hander won each of the two starts he made against the

Dodgers last season with the Phillies, yielding six hits over 13

1-3 scoreless innings. In six starts versus Los Angeles since 2007,

the three-time All-Star is 5-0 with a 1.49 ERA. He has a 0.74 ERA

in those victories.

Kemp is hitless in eight career at-bats against Oswalt, striking

out four times, while Andre Ethier is batting .176 lifetime against


Oswalt has a 1.96 ERA in four starts since coming off the

disabled list with a sore lower back, but has been backed by three

total runs of support leaving him with an 0-2 record. Oswalt, who

has yielded two runs or fewer in eight of his nine starts, hasn’t

won since April 21, against San Diego.

At Washington on Wednesday, Oswalt gave up two runs and six hits

in five innings of a 2-1 loss.

Philadelphia’s offense hasn’t only struggled in Oswalt’s


The Phillies (36-24), who were without leadoff hitter Jimmy

Rollins (bruised right knee) for a second straight game Monday,

were limited to six hits in the opener, and have plated three runs

or fewer in five of six games.

Shane Victorino, who took Rollins’ place at the top of the

batting order Monday, is 3 for 16 (.188) in four games since coming

off the DL with a strained right hamstring.

“I feel like it’s going to come around,” manager Charlie Manuel

said. “I’m waiting though.”

Philadelphia hopes to have better luck against Rubby De La Rosa

(1-0, 1.80), who is making his first major league start.

De La Rosa was called up from Double-A Chattanooga on May 24,

and has yielded a run and three hits in five innings over three

relief appearances. The right-hander, who went 2-2 with a 2.93 ERA

in eight starts in the minors, is taking the spot in the rotation

of Jon Garland (right shoulder inflammation).