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Pitching, Defense Give Dodgers 5th Straight W
Posted May 15, 2012
Kershaw won his 3rd with 7 shutout innings. Tony Gwynn Jr. and James Loney contributed stellar defense, as did Justin Sellers, who did his best Derek Jeter impression in the 9th to help seal the victory.
after exchanging brushback pitches with his fellow ace, leading the
Los Angeles Dodgers
to a 3-1 victory over the
on Monday night without injured star
The Dodgers center fielder was placed on the 15-day disabled list following the game because of a strained left hamstring. Kemp had played 399 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the majors.
homered in Kemp's absence as the Dodgers won their fifth straight.
Kemp missed his first game since Aug. 18, 2009. Third baseman
, who was in manager Don Mattingly's original lineup, also was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an injury to his left wrist.
Kershaw (3-1) scattered four hits over seven innings, struck out six and walked three, helping the Dodgers improve the best record in the majors to 24-11. The reigning NL Cy Young winner bounced back from winless starts against Colorado and San Francisco in which he gave up four home runs.
gave up a home run to
in the eighth inning and
pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in five attempts.
Kemp was replaced in center by Tony Gwynn Jr., who prevented a run in the third inning with a perfect one-hop throw to
after A.J. Pollack tried to score from second base on a single to right-center by
. In Sunday's win over Colorado, Gwynn shifted from left field to center after Kemp aggravated his hamstring injury while robbing
with a diving backhanded catch in left-center.
Kennedy (3-3) was charged with three runs - two earned - and six hits in six innings, after going 12-0 with a 2.28 ERA in his previous 17 starts against NL West opponents. The right-hander, coming off back-to-back losses against Washington and St. Louis, has lost three straight starts for the first time since June 15-July 5, 2010, when he lost four in a row while allowing 20 earned runs over a span of 23 2-3 innings.
The Dodgers scored their first run when
led off the first inning with a single, advanced two bases on Kennedy's errant pickoff throw and scored on
' groundout. In the sixth, Ethier drove a 2-1 pitch deep into the right field pavilion for his eighth homer and
made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly three batters later.
Kershaw faced the Diamondbacks for the first time since his 3-2 victory on Sept. 14 at Dodger Stadium, when he was ejected by umpire Bill Welke for hitting
with a pitch on the right elbow after Parra doubled his previous time up. One night earlier, Parra had taken an extra second or two to leave the batter's box on his tying home run against Hong-Chih Kuo, who had thrown an earlier pitch at his head.
On Monday night, Kennedy threw a 2-1 pitch behind Kershaw and to the backstop before walking him. Kershaw returned the favor in the fifth, making Kennedy bail out of the batter's box on a first-pitch fastball before walking him. Umpire Marvin Hudson immediately issued a warning to Kershaw and both dugouts.
: The Dodgers recalled OF
from Triple-A Albuquerque to replace Kemp on the roster. During Kemp's streak, he was used nine times as a pinch-hitter, twice as a designated hitter - and once as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement - after
injured his hamstring. ... Ethier's homer was the first given up by Kennedy in his last seven starts on the road - a stretch that spanned 45 2-3 innings and 168 batters. The last one he had allowed away from Chase Field was a two-run shot by
Jr. on August 18, 2011 at Philadelphia.
Can the Dodgers Win Without Kemp?
May 14, 2012
Dodgers Win Without Ethier and Kemp
May 13, 2012
Dodgers Offense Stifled as Kershaw Draws Loss
May 8, 2012
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