Dodgers start Derek Lowe, RHP (8-9, 3.48) vs. Matt Albers, RHP (2-4, 5.76).
Dodgers: 56-45 (1st place NL West, 1.0 GA, L1)
Astros: 43-57 (4th place NL Central, 13.0 GB, W1)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Lowe had his worst outing of the season on Thursday against the Mets, giving up nine runs (eight earned) on 10 hits in just three innings of work. Lowe, winless since June 22, made 41 pitches in the first inning and finished with 81 pitches, his shortest outing of the season. Fortunately for the Dodgers, Lowe will be well rested for this one, pitching on six days' rest. He is 1-2 with a 2.76 ERA in four career starts against the Astros.
Astros: Albers will make a spot start in place of Roy Oswalt, who will miss a start with soreness in his upper chest. Albers, whom the Astros still envision as a future starter, is 2-4 with a 5.76 ERA over 14 games this year. In his latest big league stint, the right-hander has allowed five earned runs over 11 1/3 innings for a 3.97 ERA.