Kershaw, Dodgers return home to battle Diamondbacks

( - Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers are back home and will begin a three-game series versus the NL West-rival Arizona Diamondbacks Friday from Chavez Ravine.

Kershaw aims for his third straight win and previously toed the rubber in Sunday's rain-shortened affair at Colorado, lasting all five innings and allowing one run and three hits with nine strikeouts and no walks. Kershaw hasn't walked a batter in his past two outings and has struck out nine in the previous four.

The left-hander has fanned nine batters six times this season and is 5-2 with a 3.17 earned run average. Kershaw will face the Diamondbacks for a third time this season and is 8-7 with a 2.69 ERA in 19 career starts against them.

Los Angeles could have used Kershaw in Thursday's 4-1 loss at Cincinnati in the finale of a four-game set because Zack Greinke's six innings of two-run ball weren't enough to stop the Reds. Greinke struck out three and walked one for the Dodgers, who split the series with Cincinnati after winning two of three matchups with Colorado.

"You basically play .500 or a little bit above on the road, you're gonna feel pretty good about it," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "And up to this point, we haven't been able to make hay at home. I think that's the thing for us that has to change, is we've gotta play better at home."

Matt Kemp drove in the only run for Los Angeles. Hanley Ramirez missed his second straight game with shoulder inflammation and received a cortisone to numb the pain. He could return Friday and is batting .255 with 10 homers and 38 RBI this season.

The Dodgers will also host the Rockies on this homestand.

Meanwhile, Arizona lost three of four meetings with the Houston Astros as part of a home-and-home series. In Thursday's 5-4 loss in 10 innings at Minute Maid Park, Chris Carter started the bottom of the 10th with his 13th home run of the season off Diamondbacks reliever J.J. Putz.

Miguel Montero and Chris Owings each homered and David Peralta went 3-for-4 with a run scored in defeat. Wade Miley started for Arizona and gave up the first four runs across five innings of work. Putz was the fifth relief pitcher used and served up the deciding blast to Carter.

D'backs skipper Kirk Gibson talked about how his club can handle the tough loss afterward.

"You suck it up," Gibson said. "You want to ... and you expect to ... win that game. Carter got the home run on us, and they had the last at-bat."

Chase Anderson will get the start for Arizona Friday and hopes to keep his unblemished record intact. The rookie Anderson is 5-0 with a 3.14 ERA and threw seven innings of two-run ball in Sunday's 6-5 win over Atlanta. He struck out a career-best eight batters and walked one.

The right-hander has won both of his road starts and defeated the Dodgers back on May 17 in the desert. Anderson was aided by 18 runs in the 18-7 decision and was touched for five runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Los Angeles is 8-3 against the D'backs this season.