LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 15: Dee Gordon #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he hits a pop fly for an out during the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on May 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks: L.A. Drops Finale To Arizona, Win Streak Halted At 5

The Dodgers are 16-4 at home this season.

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Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks Final Score: Wade Miley Snaps L.A. Winning Streak

Wade Miley pitched into the seventh inning, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Dodgers (24-12), who concluded an eight-game homestand that saw them win six games.

Miley allowed just one run on eight hits, while striking out five, earning his fourth win of the season.

Chad Billingsley allowed one run in his first four innings, but allowed five straight sings to open the fifth inning and was removed. Billingsley allowed four runs on eight hits in his four innings, the second straight four-inning start by Billingsley, who fell to 2-3 on the season.

Mark Ellis homered for the Dodgers' only run, a solo shot in the seventh inning.

The Dodgers head to San Diego next to face the Padres in a brief two-game series beginning Wednesday at Petco Park. Chris Capuano starts the opener for the Dodgers, facing Clayton Richard for San Diego.

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Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks Starting Lineups: Andre Ethier Plays Center Field For First Time

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to match their season high with a sixth straight win on Tuesday night, as they host the Arizona Diamondbacks in the finale of an eight-game homestand. Andre Ethier is starting in center field for the first time in his major league career, though Ethier did start the 2010 All-Star Game in center field, but that's an exhibition.

Chad Billingsley gets the start for the Dodgers, looking for his third win of the season. Billingsley has pitched reasonably well this season with a 3.32 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 41 innings, but he is also winless in his last five starts with a 4.78 ERA. Southpaw Wade Miley gets the start for Arizona.

Scott Van Slyke makes his first major league start for the Dodgers and he is batting third for the team with best record in baseball. Here are Tuesday's starting lineups:

Diamondbacks (15-21)

Parra CF
Bloomquist SS
Upton RF
Montero C
Kubel LF
Roberts 3B
Overbay 1B
Hill 2B
Miley P

Dodgers (24-11)

Gordon SS
Ellis 2B
Van Slyke RF
Ethier CF
Ellis C
Sands LF
Loney 1B
Sellers 3B
Billingsley P

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Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks Final Score: Clayton Kershaw Dominates In 3-1 Win

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost two more players to the disabled list on Monday, but they still had Clayton Kershaw and Andre Ethier, who led the team to a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium, the fifth straight win for the Dodgers.

Kershaw pitched seven scoreless innings, the 18th game in his career that he has pitched at least seven innings while allowing no runs. Kershaw struck out six for his third win of the season. If you want to find a key reason for the Dodgers' 24-11 start this season, look no further than their left-handed starting pitchers so far this season:

The Dodgers are 17-4 in games started by this southpaw trio so far this season.

Ethier hit his eighth home run of the season to back Kershaw, a solo shot in the sixth inning that gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Though Tony Gwynn Jr. will be the primary center fielder with Matt Kemp on the disabled list, manager Don Mattingly said he would use Ethier in center field for "two or three games" in order to give Gwynn some rest.

"Donnie asked me if I could play center, and I said, 'You must not remember a couple of years ago in the All-Star Game, when I saw the starting center fielder'," Ethier said.

Ethier has never played center field in the major leagues, though he did start in center field in the 2010 All-Star Game.

The Dodgers go for a sweep of the brief two-game series with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night, with Chad Billingsley facing off with left-hander Wade Miley.

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Dodgers Place Juan Uribe On Disabled List, Promote Elian Herrera

The Los Angeles Dodgers had a busy transactional day on Monday. In addition to placing Matt Kemp on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, the Dodgers also placed third baseman Juan Uribe on the DL with a left wrist injury.

Uribe was in the starting lineup Monday, but complained of pain in his left wrist, an injury that has plagued him at various times this season. He had a cortisone shot in Colorado, but the Dodgers decided to give Uribe time to let him heal.

"They told me then that this thing could come back, and if it does they'd have to do more tests. Hopefully it's something that is not major, and he'll be back in two weeks," said manager Don Mattingly. "We're a better lineup when he's out there."

The loss of Uribe isn't nearly as costly as Kemp, as he was hitting just .250/.302/.338, but Uribe does have defensive value. He will be replaced by some combination of Adam Kennedy, Justin Sellers, and newcomer Elian Herrera, who was promoted from Triple A Albuquerque to take Uribe's place on the roster.

Herrera is a 27-year old utility man who has never been on a major league roster before. He was hitting .358 as the leadoff man for Albuquerque, and plays all over the diamond.

"I have seen Elian so much in spring training the last few years, and every time he came over he got hits," Mattingly said. "He's played center field, he's played right, left, second, short, third. It sounds like he's been good everywhere."

To make room for Herrera on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated outfielder Trent Oeltjen for assignment.

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Matt Kemp Injury: Left Hamstring Strain Lands Dodgers Star On Disabled List

One day after saying he was "definitely" not going on the disabled list, Matt Kemp on Monday did just that, as the Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder was shelved with a left hamstring strain. Kemp aggravated the injury on Sunday against the Rockies, and MRI results Monday confirmed the strain.

"It's a mild strain, but the doctor said if you do it again, it can go from a grade one to a grade two, and then you're talking four weeks," said manager Don Mattingly after the game. "Now he has a chance to get healthy, and make sure he doesn't have any long-term effects from this thing."

Kemp had his streak of 399 consecutive games played snapped on Monday, ending the longest active streak in MLB. Mattingly said he didn't expect Kemp to be on the disabled list for longer than 15 days, and that it took some convincing for his center fielder.

"We found out Matt wasn't going to give us the whole truth regarding his hamstring, so we were in a sense protecting him from himself," Mattingly said.

Kemp said he was disappointed but that he understood the decision.

"I just need to take some time, and hopefully I can get back to running fast doing the same thing I've been doing this year," Kemp said. "I want to be out there and help my team win but we're playing good. They got a win without me tonight."

To take Kemp's place on the roster, the Dodgers recalled outfielder Jerry Sands from Triple A Albuquerque.

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Matt Kemp Has Left Hamstring Injury, Out Of Dodgers Lineup

Matt Kemp is going to be taking some time to heal and will sit out at least tonight's game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kemp injured his hamstring against the Colorado Rockies yesterday, and that might keep him out for a spell.

Don't expect Kemp's absence to be long-lasting. Kemp had this to say on the injury:

"I haven't been able to play like I want to play. It's been a little bit scary because I didn't know how my hamstring would hold up. I think I just need to let it heal for a little bit. I don't know how much time that's going to take, but we'll see."

"I'm definitely not going on the DL. That's not happening. This team needs me."

Here are the current lineups for today's game between the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks.

D-Backs:
Bloomquist 6
Hill 4
Upton 9
Kubel 7
Goldschmidt 3
Montero 2
Roberts 5
Pollock 8
Kennedy 1

Dodgers:
Gordon 6
M Ellis 4
Abreu 7
Ethier 9
AJ Ellis 2
Loney 3
Uribe 5
Gwynn 8
Kershaw 1

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