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PHOENIX -- Ian Kennedy has been maddeningly inconsistent in the follow-up year to his 21-win season.
His performance Tuesday night was a reminder of how good he can be.
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With San Francisco's win at Colorado, the Dodgers fell six games behind the first-place Giants in the NL West. Arizona ended a six-game home losing streak.
Kennedy (13-11) gave up four hits in 7 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking none.
"Really what made my fastball better was the execution of my off-speed pitches," Kennedy said. "I was throwing those for strikes and when you do that it's going to be a good game, at least you give your team a chance. You've got to against Kershaw, he's one of the best pitchers in the game."
Kershaw (12-9) allowed three hits, striking out five and walking three in seven innings.
"I blinked first tonight," Kershaw said. "I threw a pitch I shouldn't have. I didn't put it where I wanted to and Miguel did a good job with it and made me pay for it. You can't blink first in those games and I did."
Montero said he hit a slider a little over the plate. It was about the only hard-hit ball off of Kershaw.
"That was the best he's looked in the times we've faced him this year," Montero said. "He had everything going. I ran into one pitch and that was the difference. But his stuff was very, very good."
Kershaw is 0-2 in his last three starts despite allowing a combined three earned runs. The Dodgers have lost all three games.
"It hurts when he pitches so good and we don't get a win," Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said.
But, Kershaw said, "They all hurt the same right now."
Regular closer J.J. Putz, who blew consecutive saves last week, was out with a stiff back, manager Kirk Gibson said, so David Hernandez came on in the ninth. He gave up a two-out double to Shane Victorino, then Adrian Gonzalez struck out looking, staring at home plate umpire Dan Iassogna after the pitch.
Kennedy got big defensive plays from third baseman Chris Johnson and second baseman Aaron Hill. Johnson nabbed Kershaw's sharp line drive in the sixth and Hill made a lunging grab on Andre Ethier's liner leading off the seventh.
Kennedy, a 21-game winner a year ago, left after giving up a single to Luis Cruz. Brad Ziegler came on and got a double-play grounder to end the inning. Ziegler has induced major-league best 17 double plays, most by a National League reliever since Jeremy Affeldt's 18 in 2009.
Goldschmidt reached for the third time when Ramirez's throw on a deep ground ball bounced in front of first base and Gonzalez couldn't handle it. Montero followed with the double to deep right-center that easily scored Goldschmidt, who had been picked off at first by Kershaw in the second.
Montero advanced to third on a passed ball and tried to score on Johnson's fly ball to center. But Matt Kemp's throw arrived first and Montero was out on a close play, ending the inning.
The Dodgers got a runner to second when Ethier doubled to left-center with two outs in the fifth. On the next pitch, Cruz launched one to deep left but Kubel, backtracking in a hurry, made a leaping grab at the wall to rob him of what would have been a two-run homer, and the game remained scoreless.
"I wasn't sure if it was going to get out or not but thankfully it hung up a little bit so I could get under it," Kubel said. "It was fun. I'm just happy it worked out and thankfully it saved us a couple of runs. It could have been 2-1, who knows?"
Kemp doubled with two outs in the seventh but was stranded after Ramirez's check-swing dribbler to the pitcher.
|For the second time in less than two weeks, Ian Kennedy pitches a scoreless outing against the Dodgers. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.271|
|Shane Victorino, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.257|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.291|
|Matt Kemp, CF||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||.315|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.253|
|Andre Ethier, RF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.288|
|Luis Cruz, 3B||3||0||2||0||0||0||1||.298|
|Dee Gordon, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.229|
|Shawn Tolleson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Randy Choate, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jamey Wright, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Steven Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|A.J. Ellis, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.280|
|Clayton Kershaw, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.212|
|Nick Punto, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.194|
|2B - Shane Victorino (25, Hernandez), Matt Kemp (18, Kennedy), Andre Ethier (33, Kennedy)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Outfield Assists - Matt Kemp 1|
|DP - H. Ramirez-Ellis-Gonzalez, Kemp-Ellis|
|PB - A.J. Ellis (11)|
|E - Hanley Ramirez (13, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Clayton Kershaw (L,12-9)||7||3||1||0||3||5||0||2.70|
|HBP - Parra (by Randy Choate)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 104-66, Shawn Tolleson 1-1, Randy Choate 4-2, Jamey Wright 2-2, Steven Rodriguez 3-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 9-5, Shawn Tolleson 1-0, Randy Choate 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 25, Shawn Tolleson 1, Randy Choate 2, Jamey Wright 1, Steven Rodriguez 1|
|Adam Eaton, CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.357|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.297|
|Jason Kubel, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||5||.260|
|David Hernandez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B||2||1||1||0||1||0||0||.287|
|Justin Upton, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.270|
|Miguel Montero, C||3||0||1||1||0||1||0||.285|
|Chris Johnson, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.273|
|John McDonald, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.237|
|Ian Kennedy, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.087|
|Brad Ziegler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|a- Gerardo Parra, PH-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.270|
|a-hit by pitch for Ziegler in the 8th|
|2B - Miguel Montero (21, Kershaw)|
|RBI - Miguel Montero (82)|
|PK - Paul Goldschmidt (1, Kershaw)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - McDonald-Hill-Goldschmidt, Goldschmidt-McDonald|
|Ian Kennedy (W,13-11)||7.1||4||0||0||0||6||0||4.21|
|Brad Ziegler (H,14)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.45|
|David Hernandez (S,3)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||2.47|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 110-77, Brad Ziegler 5-3, David Hernandez 18-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 10-5, Brad Ziegler 1-0, David Hernandez 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 25, Brad Ziegler 1, David Hernandez 4|
|Attendance - 23966|
|Game Time - 2:41|
|Temperature - 74|
|Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor|