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08/04/10 7:40 PM ET

History says Dodgers due for winning stretch

When a losing streak ends, a feeling of relief can be felt in a clubhouse.

For the Dodgers, the load off of losing also has coincided with wins.

After breaking a six-game losing streak in the second game of the series, the Dodgers again beat the Padres on Wednesday, and it's safe to assume a good stretch is ahead for Los Angeles.

Immediately following their other two six-game losing streaks this season -- June 17-23 and July 15-20 -- the Dodgers went on to win five of their next seven and five of their next six, respectively. With one of their top pitchers on the mound Thursday in the finale of a four-game set, the Dodgers are in prime shape to continue that trend.

Right-hander Chad Billingsley (9-5, 3.78) will oppose San Diego's Kevin Correia (7-7, 5.06 ERA), as the Dodgers continue to close the gap between themselves and the National League West-leading Padres.

Billingsley has not allowed a run in his past three outings. All of those starts have come against National League West foes -- two against the Giants and one against the Padres -- as Billingsley has allowed only 10 hits in 21 2/3 innings. His shortest outing during the stretch was July 27 against the Padres, a 2-0 win in which he allowed three hits in six innings.

While Billingsley has been hot, Correia also has been consistent, posting quality starts in his past three outings. He lost his last start to the Marlins, giving up home runs to Florida's Mike Stanton and Dan Uggla.

"Kevin will tell you that he made some mistakes, but overall, I saw some good sequencing of his pitches, some good fastballs located, a couple good sliders, a couple good curves," Padres manager Bud Black said afterward.

Corriea is 4-3 against Los Angeles in his career, including 0-2 this season, while Billingsley is 10-4 in 20 career games (16 starts) against San Diego.

Padres: Keep close eye on arms
As the NL West race remains close, an answer to San Diego's biggest concern -- monitoring its young pitching staff -- is coming closer to needing to be answered. With Mat Latos, Clayton Richard and Wade LaBlanc all without a full season of Major League experience, general manager Jed Hoyer said he will continue to monitor waivers and the farm system in hopes of adding an pitcher to the rotation. Until Hoyer finds that arm -- or, if he does at all -- Black said the Padres might have to increase the load of their bullpen.

Dodgers: Injuries are mounting
Los Angeles might be riding a two-game winning streak, but the losses continue to come even when the Dodgers pull out a win. On Wednesday, catcher Russell Martin was placed on the disabled list after an MRI revealed a labrum tear in his right hip. Shortstop Rafael Furcal also is listed as day-to-day with a strained back, while Jeff Weaver went on the 15-day DL with tendinitis in his left knee, which the right-hander admitted has bothered him for a few weeks. Toss in that the rehab of Manny Ramirez (right calf strain) is going slower than expected, and the Dodgers are hurting at one of the most inopportune times of the season.

Worth noting
Padres hitters are batting .229 vs. Billingsley, while Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is hitting .533 (8-for-15) against Correia. ... Padres catcher Yorvit Torrealba went 0-for-3 Wednesday to snap a 15-game hitting streak, which was one short of his career high.

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