There is good and bad news for the Dodgers (19-22), as they finished .500 this past week, but lost two of three against Arizona at the Stadium including Sunday’s 4-1 setback to Ian Kennedy, an Orange County and USC product. Kennedy (4-1) worked six innings with eight strikeouts, one run (earned), one walk and four hits.
Xavier Nady rocked a two-run homer during a four-run second inning. The Dodgers managed a run-scoring single by Aaron Miles (three hits) that plated Jamey Carroll (single and double) in the third.
On Saturday, Chad Billingsley was stymied by rookie Josh Collmenter, who claimed a 1-0 victory as he made his initial big-league start.
A reliever, Collmenter went six innings and held the Dodgers to two hits with no walks, while striking out three.
Stephen Drew doubled to right in the second and raced to third base on Billingsley’s errant pickoff toss with no defender at the bag. Melvin Mora’s sacrifice fly scored Drew.
The Dodgers saw a struggling James Loney bang a single in the second, and a ground-rule double in the eighth.
Billingsley (2-3) was masterful except for his throwing gaffe. The Ohio-native toiled eight frames, fanned eight, walked two and allowed one unearned run.
Clayton Kershaw (5-3) showed why he’s the staff ace, striking out 11, with two walks, three hits and no runs over seven innings in a 4-3 decision over the Diamondbacks on Friday.
Rod Barajas cracked a solo homer and the Dodgers used three relievers as Arizona scored a run in the eighth and two in the ninth, as Kenley Jansen fanned one in one-third of an inning and picked up his first save.
On Wednesday, Hiroki Kuroda walked three, struck out eight, while giving up three hits across seven innings, and two relievers blanked Pittsburgh at PNC Park as the Dodgers won 2-0.
The Dodgers were limited to five hits and scored both runs in the sixth as Jerry Sands doubled in a run.
Matt Kemp had two hits including his seventh homer, scored two runs and drove in three, while Andre Ethier collected two hits, scored two runs, and had a run batted in as the Dodgers waltzed past the Pirates 10-3 on Tuesday.
Billingsley gave up three runs (earned) and seven hits with four strikeouts and three walks over seven innings of a 4-1 loss to the Pirates on Monday.