National League Game Summary - Arizona at Los Angeles|
(Monday, May 14th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Arizona 1
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Clayton Kershaw pitched seven scoreless
innings to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-1
in the opener of a two-game set.
Kershaw (3-1) scattered four hits and three walks while striking out six in
the Dodgers' fifth straight win.
"He's been pretty solid. He seems to be getting stronger and better as we go,"
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said about Kershaw.
Kenley Jansen worked a perfect ninth inning to earn his fourth save of the
Ian Kennedy (3-3) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits and two
walks over six full frames as Arizona dropped its third straight game and
fell for the eighth time in its last nine.
"It's frustrating for all of us in here," Diamondbacks left fielder Jason
Kubel said about his team's losing streak. "We haven't really clicked as a
The Dodgers took the early lead in the bottom of the first when Dee Gordon hit
a leadoff single, advanced to third on an errant pick-off attempt by Kennedy
and came home on Mark Ellis' groundout to first.
Arizona had a chance to tie the game in the third after A.J. Pollock started
the inning with a base hit and moved to second on Kennedy's sacrifice bunt.
Willie Bloomquist stepped up next and slapped a single to right-center field,
but Tony Gwynn Jr. grabbed the ball and fired it home, catching Pollock at the
plate as A.J. Ellis applied the tag on Pollock while he made a sliding effort
After the Diamondbacks squandered another chance to get on the board in the
sixth inning by stranding a runner on second base, Los Angeles added to its
lead in the bottom of the frame with Andre Ethier's one-out blast over the
A.J. Ellis then singled, advanced to third on a James Loney base hit and came
home on Adam Kennedy's sacrifice fly to give the Dodgers a 3-0 advantage.
Aaron Hill's solo shot over the left-field wall off Josh Lindblom in the
eighth inning kept Arizona from being shut out for the first time this season.
Kershaw improved to 7-2 in 11 career starts against Arizona, while Ian Kennedy
fell to 3-2 in six career starts against the Dodgers...The Diamondbacks hit 1-
for-6 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base...Kershaw
threw 64 of his 108 pitches for strikes...Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp sat
out the game with a strained left hamstring. He was placed on the 15-day
disabled list after the game...Los Angeles recalled outfielder Jerry Sands
from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill the roster spot.
05/15 02:22:38 ET