Arizona at Los Angeles

Los Angeles
W: C. Kershaw (6-2) L: C. Anderson (5-1) S: K. Jansen (18)
HR: ARI - None   LAD - M. Kemp (6)

Kershaw goes 7 strong innings; Dodgers beat Diamondbacks wire reports

LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw allowed one run over seven innings, Matt Kemp homered for the first time in more than a month, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Friday night.

Kershaw (6-2) gave up eight hits and one run, walked one, and struck out seven to win his third consecutive start. He didn't allow a runner past second base after the third inning.

Kemp got the scoring started when he crushed a 2-1 change-up deep into the bleachers in left-center field in the second inning to put the Dodgers up 2-0. The blast, measured at 402 feet, was Kemp's first home run since May 10.

Diamondbacks rookie Chase Anderson (5-1) came up short in his bid to become the second NL pitcher since 1914 to win his first six career starts. He gave up five hits and two runs in five innings.

Aaron Hill cut the deficit in half in the top of the third, smacking a grounder down the third-base line just under the glove of a diving Chone Figgins for an RBI double.

After that Kershaw went into lockdown mode. He allowed only four baserunners the rest of the game, none of which passed second base.

Adrian Gonzalez provided valuable insurance in the seventh when he singled sharply to right field to score Hanley Ramirez, who doubled to lead off the inning.

The Diamondbacks rallied as soon as Kershaw left the game. Three of their first four batters in the eighth singled against reliever Brian Wilson, including a one-out RBI single by Tuffy Gosewich that brought them within one. But J.P Howell entered and struck out David Peralta and got Miguel Montero to fly out to end the threat.

Justin Turner extended the Dodgers lead back out to two in the bottom of the inning with a pinch-hit RBI single to right to score A.J. Ellis from second. The knock extended Turner's modest hitting streak to six games and would prove valuable when the Diamondbacks once again staged a rally in the ninth against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.

Gerardo Parra got the comeback attempt started with a one-out single, Paul Goldschmidt walked and Hill followed with a single through the left side to score Parra and cut the deficit to 4-3.

Jansen buckled down and escaped further damage though, striking out Martin Prado and inducing Cody Ross to fly out to right to end the game and record his 18th save.

The Dodgers' win spoiled Diamondbacks rookie Chase Anderson's bid to make history.

Anderson (5-1) was trying to become just the second National League pitcher since 1914 to win his first six career starts. Instead, he suffered his first career loss after allowing five hits and two runs in five innings, with four walks and four strikeouts.

Former Dodger Kaz Ishii remains the only National Leaguer to accomplish the feat. He began his career in 2002 with six straight wins.

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Matt Kemp unleashes a two-run bomb in the second inning for his first home run since May 10. (USATSI)
Matt Kemp unleashes a two-run bomb in the second inning for his first home run since May 10. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

A. Hill
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Owings, SS5110020 .268
Gerardo Parra, RF5130001 .271
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4010112 .310
Aaron Hill, 2B5132012 .253
Martin Prado, 3B5010025 .274
Cody Ross, LF5010014 .190
Tuffy Gosewisch, C4031000 .250
David Peralta, CF3000125 .348
Chase Anderson, P2000012 .111
   Oliver Perez, P0000000 .000
   a-Jordan Pacheco, PH1000000 .233
   Will Harris, P0000000 .000
   b-Miguel Montero, PH1000002 .269
   Evan Marshall, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Perez in the 7th
b-flied out for Harris in the 8th
2B - Chris Owings (13, Kershaw), Aaron Hill (15, Kershaw)
RBI - Aaron Hill 2 (33), Tuffy Gosewisch (5)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Hill (12)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Owings, Owings-Hill-Goldschmidt
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chase Anderson (L,5-1) 5422441 3.21
Oliver Perez 1100200 2.52
Will Harris 1211010 7.94
Evan Marshall 1311010 2.04
HBP - Ethier (by Chase Anderson)
Pitches-Strikes - Chase Anderson 100-56, Oliver Perez 23-12, Will Harris 19-13, Evan Marshall 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chase Anderson 4-5, Oliver Perez 3-0, Will Harris 1-1, Evan Marshall 2-0
Batters Faced - Chase Anderson 22, Oliver Perez 6, Will Harris 5, Evan Marshall 6
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
Dee Gordon, 2B5010015 .279
Hanley Ramirez, SS3120100 .261
   Miguel Rojas, SS1000012 .273
Yasiel Puig, RF5000024 .321
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3111102 .247
Matt Kemp, LF4122001 .259
Andre Ethier, CF3010011 .259
A.J. Ellis, C2110201 .184
Chone Figgins, 3B1000202 .217
Clayton Kershaw, P2010012 .263
   Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
   J.P. Howell, P0000000 .000
   a-Justin Turner, PH1011000 .290
   Jamie Romak, PR0000000 .083
   Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
a-singled for Howell in the 8th
2B - Hanley Ramirez (18, Harris)
HR - Matt Kemp (6, Anderson)
SH - Chone Figgins (1), Clayton Kershaw (2)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (40), Matt Kemp 2 (21), Justin Turner (18)
Team LOB - 11
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw (W,6-2) 7811170 2.93
Brian Wilson (H,9) 0.1311000 6.14
J.P. Howell (H,13) 0.2000010 1.48
Kenley Jansen (S,18) 1211120 3.67
WP - Clayton Kershaw (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 106-69, Brian Wilson 14-9, J.P. Howell 7-4, Kenley Jansen 24-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 10-4
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 30, Brian Wilson 4, J.P. Howell 2, Kenley Jansen 6
Game Information
Attendance - 42831
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - John Tumpane