The Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers 4-1 tonight at Chase Field. For a full recap and boxscore click here.
THE BARE ESSENTIALS:
Clayton Kershaw didn’t have one of his better outings, lasting only 4 1/3 innings while walking four and giving up six hits. He was charged with four runs, all of which came in the second inning.
The Dodgers were shut down by one of the better pitchers in baseball, as Arizona righthander Dan Haren went eight strong innings. The only run he allowed was a fifth-inning homer by Matt Kemp — Kemp’s 17th of the year.
Manny Ramirez went 3-for-4 batting fourth, but the 1-3 spots in the order — Rafael Furcal, Russell Martin, and Andre Ethier — were an alarming 0-for-10.
The Dodgers announced the signing of second-round pick Garrett Gould to a $900,000 bonus. Ken Gurnick has more on the 18-year-old from Kansas.
One good sign was the performance of the bullpen, which pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings once Kershaw exited. Ramon Troncoso, Ronald Belisario, and Guillermo Mota combined to allow only one baserunner in that time.
Haren also hit the Dodgers well, knocking an RBI single off Kershaw in the second and hitting Andre Ethier in the eighth in an apparent retaliation. Belisario had hit Arizona’ Mark Reynolds in the seventh.
A Rockies loss to Florida means the Dodgers stay five games in front of Colorado.
Hiroki Kuroda (5-5, 4.21) and Doug Davis (7-10, 3.62) in game two in Arizona.