The Dodgers have looked unstoppable at times, but not against the Marlins.
Los Angeles is 25-5 in the second half, 42-10 since June 22 and unbeaten in its past 17 series. But the Dodgers are 2-2 this season against the Marlins, who own the worst record in the National League.
The Dodgers fell to the Marlins, 6-2, in the series opener on Monday to lose consecutive games for the first time since June 20-21 in San Diego. Los Angeles will look to avoid its first three-game losing skid in more than two months on Tuesday behind Chris Capuano.
Capuano has been up and down lately, but the Dodgers are unbeaten in the left-hander's past six starts. Capuano has three scoreless outings during that stretch, and three starts allowing at least four earned runs.
Capuano beat Miami on May 12 at Dodger Stadium, yielding one run on five hits with seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. His best performance last season came at Marlins Park, when he fanned 10 over eight scoreless innings on Aug. 12.
The Marlins, meanwhile, have won four of their past six games. Miami is 7-10 this month, but has navigated a tough schedule with five series against playoff contenders in the Indians, Pirates, Braves, Royals and Dodgers.
"We've run into some hot teams," said Marlins right-hander Jacob Turner, who will start on Tuesday. "It's a matter of stepping up our level. ... We've been playing well. We've been competitive."
Turner has three no-decisions in his past four starts, and has not won since July 10. He's allowed two or fewer earned runs 10 of his 14 starts this season, going 3-4 with a 2.89 ERA.
Dodgers: Wilson becomes eighth reliever in bullpen
The Dodgers activated Brian Wilson from the disabled list on Monday, giving the club eight relievers.
The Dodgers optioned outfielder Scott Van Slyke in a corresponding roster move, and will play with a short bench until rosters expand Sept. 1, which has manager Don Mattingly "a little" concerned.
"It's something we'll try to navigate," Mattingly said. "It comes into play when the starter doesn't go deep and we have to pinch-hit a few times."
Still, the Dodgers could utilize Zack Greinke as a pinch-hitter when he's not starting. Greinke is hitting .357 this season and has experience as a pinch-hitter.
Wilson, 31, has not pitched in the Majors since April 2012, when he had Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career. The former Giants closer signed with the Dodgers as a free agent on July 30, and made four scoreless appearances during a Minor League rehab assignment this month.
Marlins: Polanco out with concussion
The Marlins placed Placido Polanco on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Monday, but they aren't sure if the infielder will need longer than a week to recover.
"It's hard to tell," manager Mike Redmond said. "When you're dealing with concussions, those things are so serious. It's a matter of waiting and seeing. We will see how he feels the next five or six days."
Polanco was hit on the left side of his helmet by a 94-mph fastball from Giants reliever Santiago Casilla on Friday.
In a corresponding roster move, the Marlins promoted infielder Gil Velazquez from Triple-A New Orleans and transferred outfielder Marcell Ozuna to the 60-day disabled list.
Polanco, 38, is hitting .253 in 91 games this season. He's split playing time at third base with Ed Lucas.
• Dodgers rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig is hitless in his last 11 at-bats and 6-for-35 (.171) over his past nine games.
• Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison is 5-for-17 (.294) lifetime against Capuano with one home run and three RBIs.