Already knowing they'll finish with their worst May win percentage in Los Angeles history, the Dodgers turn to ace Clayton Kershaw on Friday, hoping to end the month on the right foot against the Rockies at Coors Field.
After a 3-2 loss to the Angels on Thursday, the Dodgers dropped to 9-17 (.346) this month, securing the new record. The Dodgers' worst percentage had been .393 (11-17), a mark they've hit three times since coming to Los Angeles.
Kershaw rolls into Friday's contest having thrown eight quality starts in 11 outings this season, helping him lead the Majors with a minuscule 1.68 ERA.
He was charged with four earned runs over seven innings for the loss in his last outing against the Cardinals, ending a streak of 22 consecutive starts in which he allowed three earned runs or fewer.
"You've got to battle sometimes, you won't throw up zeros every time," said Kershaw.
The Dodgers left-hander will be up against Rockies right-hander Jon Garland, who is looking to snap a four-game losing streak that dates to May 10.
Garland, a former Dodgers pitcher, has allowed 13 runs in 21 innings during that stretch, with the Rockies scoring only seven runs in those four games.
In his last start on Sunday against the Giants, the right-hander allowed five runs (two earned) on seven hits in five innings for his sixth loss of the season.
"It's tough when you put your team down three and you end up losing the game to sit and say that you made strides," Garland said after the game. "But, to a certain degree, yeah."
Dodgers: Kemp placed on DL
• Center fielder Matt Kemp was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with a mild right hamstring strain.
It's the second straight season he's had a hamstring injury. Kemp missed more than two months last season with a left hamstring strain.
In a corresponding roster move, the Dodgers recalled catcher Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Albuquerque.
"It's disappointing," Kemp said. "This is my second year being hurt. It's a small little obstacle, but I'm used to playing every day. The second year getting hurt is kind of frustrating. But it's part of the game and I've just got to deal with it."
Kemp strained his right hamstring while trying for a double in the gap in right-center in the bottom of the seventh inning during Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Angels.
Rockies: Francis rehab updated
• After taking a line drive off the front of his left ankle Tuesday, Rockies left-hander Jeff Francis has a new rehab schedule.
Francis will throw a bullpen session Friday before making his first rehab start with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday when the team travels to Salt Lake City.
His next start will come June 8 in Reno, with Rockies manager Walt Weiss saying they are primarily focused on making sure the veteran southpaw is back to full strength before he returns to the big leagues.
"We know who Jeff is," Weiss said. "It's just a matter of going out there pain-free and healthy, and if that's the case, just go out there and do his thing."
• Former All-Star right-hander Roy Oswalt, who signed a Minor League deal with the Rockies on May 3, went six innings and struck out six batters with Double-A Tulsa on Wednesday night.
• Kershaw is 3-3 with a 5.91 ERA in 10 career starts at Colorado.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.