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Humber hopes to bounce back from another rough start and try to help the AL Central-leading White Sox avoid a fourth straight loss Saturday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.
In his second start of the season, Humber (2-4, 5.92 ERA) threw the season's first perfect game in a 4-0 win at Seattle on April 21. Since then, the right-hander has gone 1-4 with a 7.50 ERA in nine starts. He's been even worse in his last two outings, allowing 11 runs, 13 hits -- five homers -- six walks and five homers over 10 1-3 innings while losing both.
After yielding six of those runs and three of the homers in 5 1-3 innings of an 11-9 loss to Houston on Sunday, Humber knows he could find himself out of Chicago's rotation with another rough outing.
"I've been around long enough to know if you don't perform, and if you don't get good results, then they are not going to keep running you out there," he told the White Sox's official website. "I know what's expected and I know I haven't been doing that."
Manager Robin Ventura is not sure what it will take for Humber to turn things around.
"It's hard to work your way out of it if you don't pitch," Ventura said. "Whether that's as a starter or out of the bullpen, I don't know. But it has to get better."
Humber was solid in his only previous appearance versus Los Angeles on May 20, 2011, when he allowed a two-run homer but no other runs in seven innings of a 6-4, 10-inning home victory for the White Sox.
He'll likely need another strong outing against the NL West-leading Dodgers (41-24) if Chicago is to even this weekend's series. Alex Rios homered twice and Adam Dunn hit his major league-leading 23rd long ball, but the White Sox (34-30) blew a four-run lead in Friday's 7-6 loss, their eighth defeat in 12 games.
Despite the team's recent struggles, five of Dunn's six hits in his last 19 at-bats have left the park. However, he's 2 for 12 with five strikeouts against Los Angeles starter Chad Billingsley (4-4, 3.57), who will be looking for a third straight win Saturday.
The right-hander has allowed one run over seven innings in each of his last two outings. He gave up a homer and one other hit while striking out eight during an 8-2 victory at Seattle on Sunday.
"The key is getting my off-speed pitches over for strikes," the right-hander told the Dodgers' official website. "I'm throwing those curves and sliders and changeups over for strikes. When I'm not able to, it makes it harder to pitch."
Billingsley, however, is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in six starts at Dodger Stadium since beating Pittsburgh on April 11.
Versatile rookie Elian Herrera had two doubles and three RBIs on Friday as the Dodgers used a five-run sixth inning to erase a 5-1 deficit. James Loney scored the go-ahead run in the eighth on a wild pitch.
Herrera, who continues to play in the absence of injured star Matt Kemp (hamstring), is batting .368 (7 for 19) in his last six games.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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