Clayton Kershaw allowed four hits and a run in eight-plus innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers hung on for a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.
The 22-year-old left-hander struck out nine in his career-high 32nd appearance. Kershaw (13-10) saw his ERA fall to 2.91. His career-best ERA is 2.79 last year.
Trent Oeltjen's two-out triple in the third inning gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead. Andre Ethier tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jay Gibbons in the fourth. Reed Johnson made it 3-0 with a home run in the eighth.
The Diamondbacks scored in the ninth on a leadoff single by Chris Young and Tony Abreu's double. Reliever Kenley Jansen struck out the final two batters with runners on first and second for his second save.
Barry Enright (6-6) allowed five hits and two runs over eight innings. It was Enright's best start in more than three weeks but he lost his fourth straight game.
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who didn't start, raised his streak of consecutive games to 196 when he appeared as a pinch-hitter for Oeltjen in the eighth and remained in the game in center field. Kemp is the only Dodger to have appeared in all 154 of the team's games this season and has the longest active consecutive games streak in the majors.
Notes: While Diamondbacks interim manager Kirk Gibson was talking to reporters before the game, hitting coach Jack Howell peeked into Gibson's office and asked, jokingly, "Do you know, will the coaches be coming back?" The Diamondbacks could overhaul their coaching staff with new GM Kevin Towers in place. Asked about any lack of fight in the Dodgers, who were 6-15 in their previous 21 games going into Friday, manager Joe Torre defended his players. "If we had more fight left in the club, we'd be playoff contenders," Torre said. "We haven't been good enough. I certainly can't criticize our club for their energy or going after it. We're just a little short right now." Torre was asked about former pitcher David Wells' critical comments of him, made Thursday. Wells said he didn't like Torre and that he was a coward. "I just feel badly that David felt he was being picked on or not being treated fairly," Torre said. "I saw him in New York last week and he shook my hand."