Ah, the good ol' days.
Kemp crushed a two-run homer in the second inning, the sound of bat hitting ball reminiscent of the kind of contact he made regularly three seasons ago when he was in the midst of his career year, and was runner-up in the
That provided the main support for Kershaw (6-2). He surrendered one run in the third on doubles by
Kershaw went seven innings, allowing one run, eight hits and a walk and striking out seven. He also snapped his somewhat odd streak of having struck out exactly nine in each of four consecutive starts.
Kershaw went into Friday with a 1-5 record in his last eight starts against the Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers' often shaky defense made several nice plays behind him on this night, including back-to-back outstanding plays by second baseman
It added up to the first career loss for Arizona rookie right-hander Chase Anderson, who was 5-0 in his first five major league starts.
The Dodgers added one more in the seventh after
Ramirez took third when
The Dodgers added what would hold up as the decisive run in the eighth after
Third base coach Lorenzo Bundy tried to stop Ellis at third [corrected] -- who was just off the disabled list and coming off a sprained ankle -- but not wanting to put on the brakes, he ran through the stop sign and scored what proved the winning run when the throw went wide of the plate.