The Dodgers repelled two threats in the final two innings to
defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Friday night in front of
42,831 at Dodger Stadium.
Left fielder Matt Kemp and shortstop Hanley Ramirez each had two
hits, with Kemp hitting his first home run since May 10, and
left-hander Clayton Kershaw won his third consecutive start.
Kershaw (6-2) struck out seven batters and induced 10 groundouts in
seven innings while allowing one run, eight hits and one walk.
"It was a struggle," Kershaw said. "They made me pay for every
Second baseman Aaron Hill and right fielder Gerardo Parra each went
3-for-5, with Hill driving in two runs. Catcher Tuffy Gosewisch went
3-for-4 with an RBI. But the Diamondbacks lost their third
successive game and their fourth in the last five.
Right-hander Chase Anderson (5-1) was trying to become the first
rookie since Jered Weaver in 2006 to win his first six decisions. He
allowed two runs, seven hits, four walks and a hit batter in five
innings while striking out four.
"I hate to lose," said Anderson, who lacked command of his fastball
for the first time this season, even when he was pitching with
"Usually, I'm able to establish it by the fourth inning. But I could
just never find it."
The Dodgers took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh when first
baseman Adrian Gonzalez singled Ramirez home. But the Diamondbacks
narrowed their deficit to one run in the top of the eighth and had a
chance to tie the score against right-handed reliever Brian Wilson.
Catcher Tuffy Gosewisch's single scored Hill and sent third baseman
Martin Prado to second base. But left-hander J.P. Howell relieved
Wilson and struck out center fielder David Peralta before
pinch-hitter Miguel Montero hit a long fly ball that center fielder
Andre Ethier caught at the warning track.
Again, Los Angeles built a two-run lead in the bottom of the eighth
when catcher A.J. Ellis scored on pinch-hitter Justin Turner's
line-drive single to right field. Again, Arizona closed within one
run and threatened to get more against right-handed closer Kenley
Hill's single sent Parra home and put first baseman Paul Goldschmidt
at second with one out. But Jansen struck out Prado and got left
fielder Cody Ross on a flyout for his 18th save.
The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when
Kemp hit his sixth home run of the season, a two-run drive over the
fence in left-center field off Anderson.
"We've struggled to score early," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly
said. "We've been behind a lot early at home, so it was good for us
to get that lead."
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In the top of the third, the Diamondbacks scored a run and put the
potential tying run in scoring position. Shortstop Chris Owings hit
a leadoff double and came home two outs later on Hill's double. Hill
moved to third base on a wild pitch but stayed there when Prado
Owings made an unassisted double play in the bottom of the third.
With one out and Ramirez going from first base on a 1-1 pitch,
Owings caught a line drive from Gonzalez, then tagged Ramirez to end
Spontaneous cheers and applause erupted in the bottom of the sixth
when fans learned that the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup.
Between the sixth and seventh innings, the video screen in left
field showed the Kings scoring the winning goal in overtime and
NOTES: Arizona 1B Paul Goldschmidt began Friday leading the National
League with 83 hits, 27 doubles and 149 total bases. He also ranked
second with 48 RBIs and 49 runs scored. ... The Diamondbacks
recalled OF Tony Campana from Triple-A Reno after placing OF Ender
Inciarte on the seven-day concussion list Friday. ... Arizona 3B
Martin Prado needs four hits for 1,000 for his career and five RBIs
from 400. ... The Dodgers activated C A.J. Ellis from the disabled
list Friday and sent C Tim Federowicz to Triple-A Albuquerque. Ellis
made Friday night's lineup. ... SS Hanley Ramirez returned to the
starting lineup Friday night. An inflamed joint in his right
shoulder limited Ramirez to a pinch-hitting appearance Wednesday
night in Cincinnati and kept him out of Thursday's game. ... RHP
Chad Billingsley has a partially torn flexor tendon in his right
elbow, the Dodgers announced Friday. Surgery is one option being
considered. ... The Dodgers signed 12 of the players they selected
in last week's draft on Friday. Third-rounder RHP John Richy from
UNLV was the highest pick to sign Friday.
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