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Manager Don Mattingly finds the Los Angeles Dodgers' current slump to be nothing more than a regular occurrence for any club during a very long season.

That is, of course, unless they let it spiral out of control.

Los Angeles looks to avoid its longest losing streak of the season as Kevin Correia takes the mound Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game set against the San Diego Padres at Chavez Ravine.

The Dodgers (70-56) fell to Milwaukee 7-2 on Sunday at home, marking the first time in 2014 they've been swept in a three-game series. They have the majors' best road record, but they're just 30-30 at Dodger Stadium and 2-6 this month.

Los Angeles hasn't dropped four in a row since September but had Monday off to regroup and plays sub-.500 opponents in its next 11 games. It holds a 3 1/2-game lead over San Francisco atop the NL West.

To read more on the Dodgers upcoming series vs. the Padres, visit FOXSports.com

"This feels pretty normal for me," Mattingly said. "This club's been a club that we seem to go up and down. And now it'll be the same thing again here, and we'll see how we respond.

"Obviously, you lose three straight, a day off sounds pretty good."

The Dodgers look to bounce back behind Correia (1-0, 1.50 ERA), who will be making his second start since being acquired from Minnesota on Aug. 9.

He allowed one run in six innings of a 6-2 win over Atlanta in his Dodgers debut last Monday. The right-hander is 6-13 with a 4.79 ERA in 24 starts on the season, but he's 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA over his last three.

Correia originally was acquired to pitch out of the bullpen, but he's getting the chance to start with Hyun-Jin Ryu on the disabled list with a strained right glute.

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