Righty Homer Bailey faces the Miami Marlins for the second time this season on Tuesday night when the Cincinnati Reds travel to Marlins Park to open a three-game series.
Bailey, a first-round draft pick in 2004, tossed six innings of seven-hit, two-run ball when the teams met in Cincinnati on April 21 - getting a no- decision in the Reds' 10-6 victory.
He's 1-1 in five career meetings with the Marlins.
In three starts since last facing them, Bailey is 0-2 and has allowed 19 hits and nine runs in 17 1/3 innings of work.
He's winless in three road starts in 2013, but is 20-17 on the road in his career, while just 19-19 at home.
Bailey faces righty Ricky Nolasco, who's dropped two straight starts in May since ending April with two straight victories.
Nolasco began the season 0-2 in his initial four starts, then evened his record with consecutive defeats of Minnesota and the Chicago Cubs on April 23 and 28.
He's since lost to Philadelphia and San Diego on the road while surrendering 12 hits and five runs in 13 innings.
Miami is 2-6 in the eight games he's pitched.
On Sunday in Los Angeles, the Dodgers put together their first winning streak in more than two weeks with a 5-3 decision over the Marlins.
Adeiny Hechavarria delivered a two-run double in the ninth inning for Miami, with Justin Ruggiano recording a solo homer as part of a two-hit day.
Tom Koehler (0-1) pitched well for Miami in his first start of the year, permitting two runs on seven hits over five innings of work in a hard-luck defeat.
"Tom did a nice job," said Marlins manager Mike Redmond. "He was aggressive and kept us in the game."
In Cincinnati, Bronson Arroyo fired 6 2/3 shutout innings and Donald Lutz hit a historic three-run homer that carried the Reds to a 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers and a sweep of the three-game series between the NL Central foes.
Lutz became the first German-raised player to homer in a major league game when he connected off Brewers starter Wily Peralta in the bottom of the second inning.
It provided more than enough support for Arroyo (3-4), who held the reeling Brewers to five hits while striking out five to earn his first win since Apr. 15.
Xavier Paul added a pinch-hit solo homer later on in the triumph, the Reds' seventh in nine games.
The Reds won three of four from the Marlins when the teams played in Cincinnati last month.