Tough Patch


Matt Kemp contributed two hits with a walk, Yasiel Puig added two hits, and Josh Beckett (4-4) surrendered four runs (three earned) with five hits and six strikeouts in seven innings as the Dodgers (37-34) were beaten, 6-3, by Arizona at the Stadium last Sunday.

Dan Haren’s three-run double in the fourth inning snapped a 3-3 tie and helped the Blue Crew nudge past the Diamondbacks, 6-4, on Saturday.

Haren (7-4) yielded three earned runs across six and one-third frames, walked none and struck out two, while Dee Gordon sliced a two-run homer in the third, and Kemp (run scored) singled in a run during the four-run fourth.

On Friday, Clayton Kershaw (6-2) notched his third straight win after a slight rough patch as the Dodgers edged Arizona, 4-3.

The two-time Cy Young winner was nicked for eight hits, fanned seven and walked one with one earned run and lowered his earned-run average to 2.93.

Kemp (two hits with a run) unloaded a two-run bomb in the second inning, Hanley Ramirez tossed in a double and single with a run scored, and Adrian Gonzalez had a run batted in with a run tallied.

Justin Turner (run scored) and Kemp (an RBI) each had two hits, but the Dodgers lost to Cincinnati, 4-1, at the Great American Ballpark on Thursday.

Zack Greinke (8-3) issued two earned runs in six innings, yielded four hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

Cincinnati’s hard-throwing Johnny Cueto (6-5) threw six scoreless innings with three hits in a 5-0 triumph on Wednesday, striking out 12 and walking none.

The Dodgers clubbed a season-tying five doubles in a 6-1 drubbing of the Reds on Tuesday.

Gonzalez (RBI and run scored) had a pair of two-base hits, Andre Ethier (two hits with an RBI), Gordon (RBI and run) and Puig (run with two hits) each doubled, backing Beckett, who didn’t allow a run in six innings, walking one and whiffing seven with three hits.

Scott Van Slyke (three hits) lined two homers, had four RBIs and tallied three runs as the Dodgers whipped Cincinnati, 6-2, on Monday.

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