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Not even Clayton Kershaw can stop skid, Dodgers drop 7th straight

May 08, 2013|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Clayton Kershaw, who delivered a solid pitching performance Wednesday, bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Clayton Kershaw, who delivered a solid pitching performance Wednesday,… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

It’s come to this for the sinking Dodgers: They can’t even win when ace Clayton Kershaw starts and allows only one earned run.

The injured kept falling and losses kept mounting Wednesday, the Dodgers dropping their seventh consecutive game, a 3-2 decision against the Arizona Diamondbacks before an announced crowd of 31,512.

A disgruntled crowd that several times showed its displeasures with boos.

The Dodgers were unable to overcome a pair of home runs from Paul Goldschmidt, who has been personally terrorizing the Dodgers. In his 24 at-bats against the Dodgers this season, he’s hitting .458 with four home runs and 11 runs batted in.

The loss not only kept the Dodgers in last place, but also pushed them 2½ games back of the fourth-place San Diego Padres.

And of course, it wouldn’t be a Dodgers game these days without another player going out. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez aggravated his neck strain diving for a ball in the fourth and left the game to start the fifth inning.

The game was scoreless through three innings before the Dodgers broke through against left-hander Wade Miley in the fourth.

Dee Gordon collected the Dodgers' first hit of the game with a looping single to center. Nick Punto, inexplicably the Dodgers' hottest hitter, lined a double into the right-field corner, enough to send the speedy Gordon in with the first run.

Gonzalez bounced a double down the right-field line to score Punto and leave the Dodgers up 2-0.

The Diamondbacks tied it up in the sixth, thanks to the Dodgers’ third error. This one came courtesy of Gordon's failing to get his glove down on a Didi Gregorius bouncer.

The miscue proved costly: Goldschmidt quickly unleashed his first homer, a two-run shot  to right to tie it.

Kershaw left after pitching seven innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk. He struck out four, while lowering his earned-run average to 1.62.

With Kershaw out, the Dodgers went to right-hander Kenley Jansen, whom Goldschmidt treated remarkably like Kershaw.

He jumped on a 3-2 Jansen fastball, sending it  into the right-field pavilion for his second home run. It was the first multi-homer game of his career.

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