The Los Angeles have had trouble winning games in their division of late, and Thursday night was no different as they dropped the opener of a four-game series 2-0 to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium.
The loss was the seventh straight against Arizona for the Dodgers, who are now 4 1/2 games behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. The Dodgers have been shutout 12 times this season.
Clayton Kershaw struck out nine in six innings and allowed just two runs, but suffered the loss. Chris young got him for a two-run home run in the fourth inning for the game's only runs.
Ian Kennedy pitched 6 1/3 scoreless frames for Arizona for the win.
The Dodgers were held to just five hits, though two came in the ninth inning, putting the tying runs on base. But J.J. Puitz got out of the jam for his 27th save.
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