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Clayton Kershaw Dominant As Dodgers Beat Diamondbacks 4-3

Clayton Kershaw stuck out 11 in his seven scoreless innings, leading the Dodgers to a 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks in the opener of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw retired the final 14 batters he faced. It was the third straight win for the Dodgers.

Kershaw pitched seven scoreless innings for his fifth win of the season. He allowed only three hits and two walks, with all three hits coming in the first two innings. Kershaw allowed two pop fly doubles to begin the game, but didn't allow a run, as Chris Young had to hold on second base on Melvin Mora's pop fly double in the first inning. Kershaw struck out the next two batters, followed by a pop out to second base to end the inning

Rod Barajas homered for the Dodgers, giving them their first run, and the Dodgers built a 4-0 lead over Arizona. The Diamondbacks chipped away with one run in the eighth inning, and two in the ninth, but the Dodgers were able to hold on. Vicente Padilla was pulled after throwin 32 pitches in the ninth inning, but Kenley Jansen struck out Mora to end the game.

The Dodgers have won three straight games. Arizona has lost five straight games, all by one run.

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