Now the Dodgers are the surprising leaders in the West, and the Diamondbacks a club in early trouble.
The Dodgers made Arizona’s start a bit more miserable Monday, downing the Diamondbacks, 3-1, before an announced crowd of 24,312 to drop them 9½ games back in the NL West standings.
Clayton Kershaw held the Diamondbacks scoreless for seven innings, while Andre Ethier led the offense with a solo home run.
The game marked the end of Matt Kemp’s consecutive games streak at 399. Kemp was finally held out with a sore hamstring that has been bothering him since he strained it running out a grounder in Chicago on May 5.
The last time Kemp missed a game was Aug. 18, 2009, against the Cardinals.
Monday’s game also showed the two teams have long memories.
The last time the Diamondbacks met Kershaw was Sept. 14 when he hit Gerardo Parra with a pitch and was ejected. The previous night, Parra had admired a home run, drawing Kershaw’s ire from the dugout.