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The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers posted three consecutive

shutouts, Rubby De La Rosa was just two years old.

De La Rosa will try to help the Dodgers complete the feat for

the first time in nearly 20 years Saturday when they play the

middle game of their weekend series with the San Diego Padres.

Last-place Los Angeles (39-51) started its scoreless streak with

a 6-0 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday behind a combined

six-hitter by Clayton Kershaw and two relievers. Chad Billingsley

and rookie Javy Guerra then held the Padres to five hits in a 1-0

win Friday.

Guerra loaded the bases in the ninth by giving up a leadoff

double to Cameron Maybin before hitting Anthony Rizzo and Rob

Johnson with consecutive pitches. The rookie then fanned Kyle

Phillips and Wil Venable before getting Jason Bartlett to line

out.

“The first thought is just slow it down, go in and get a

strikeout,” Guerra said after his third save. “Before you can get

three (outs), you got to get one.”

The last time the Dodgers had three straight shutouts was July

25-27, 1991, when Ramon Martinez beat Philadelphia and Jay Howell

and Bobby Ojeda picked up wins over Montreal.

De La Rosa (3-4, 4.14 ERA), though, may be focusing more on

snapping a four-start losing streak.

After being recalled from Double-A Chattanooga on May 24, the

22-year-old right-hander had given up five runs in 15 innings while

going 3-0. During his skid, De La Rosa has been reached for 14 runs

in 24 2-3 innings, with three of the losses coming at home.

The Dodgers’ bats haven’t helped him much, as they have provided

only five runs of support during his winless spell.

On Monday, De La Rosa cruised through five hitless innings, but

faltered late and allowed three runs and five hits over seven in a

5-2 loss to the New York Mets.

“I didn’t lose my concentration or my focus after the first hit.

I was pitching the same,” said De La Rosa, who’s yet to face the

Padres.

Rafael Furcal drove in the lone run for the Dodgers on Friday,

his first in five games since coming off the disabled list last

Saturday with an oblique strain.

Furcal is hitting .556 (10 for 18) against Aaron Harang (7-2,

3.71), who will be activated from the disabled list to make his

first start since June 9 for San Diego.

Harang, who still leads the club in wins, had given up seven

earned runs in 33 2-3 innings while posting a 2-0 record in his

last five starts before injuring his right foot.

“The foot, in his words, is a non-issue,” manager Bud Black told

the team’s official website after Harang pitched four innings in a

rehab start Monday.

He defeated the Dodgers on April 10 at Petco Park, where he

yielded one earned run and three hits in six innings of a 7-2

win.

Harang hasn’t pitched at Dodger Stadium since August 2006 while

with Cincinnati. He’s 1-2 with a 4.82 ERA in three games at Chavez

Ravine.

Friday’s shutout loss was the Padres’ 14th of the year. San

Diego (40-50) has dropped three in a row and is 3-5 on a 10-game

road trip that leads into the All-Star break.