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Kershaw performance wasted in 1-0 Dodgers loss

Associated Press Published: September 12, 2012

PHOENIX (AP) — For three straight starts, Clayton Kershaw has been outstanding — and the Los Angeles Dodgers have lost every time.

The toughest might have been Tuesday night, when the Arizona Diamondbacks used an unearned run to beat the Dodgers 1-0.

Kershaw (12-9) is 0-2 in his last three starts despite allowing a combined three earned runs in 20 innings.

"Three in a row — really good," Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said. "It hurts when he pitches so good and we don't get a win."

The Dodgers have lost five of six to drop six games behind first-place San Francisco in the NL West. The Giants beat Colorado 9-8 on Tuesday.

Ian Kennedy (13-11) gave up four hits in 7 1-3 innings as the Diamondbacks snapped a six-game home losing streak in their first 1-0 victory of the season. He struck out six and walked none.

Kershaw allowed three hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking three.

The only run came after Paul Goldschmidt reached on shortstop Hanley Ramirez's throwing error, then scored when Miguel Montero doubled to right-center.

"I blinked first tonight," Kershaw said. "I threw a pitch I shouldn't have. I didn't put it where I wanted to and Miguel did a good job with it and made me pay for it. You can't blink first in those games, and I did."

The Dodgers were shut out for the second game in a row. They haven't scored more than three runs in a game in their last six.

"They all hurt the same right now," Kershaw said. "It is kind of the card that we are dealt right now. We are searching for answers. If we could explain it, we would, but we don't know. We just have to keep grinding. I know it is all cliche but we have to keep going, just keep playing and see what happens."

Arizona left fielder Jason Kubel robbed Luis Cruz of a two-run homer with a leaping grab at the wall to end the fifth inning.

"That is just the way it is going right now," Kershaw said.

Montero said he hit a slider a little over the plate. It was about the only hard-hit ball off of Kershaw.

"That was the best he's looked in the times we've faced him this year," Montero said. "He had everything going. I ran into one pitch and that was the difference. But his stuff was very, very good."

Regular closer J.J. Putz, who blew consecutive saves last week, was out with a stiff back, manager Kirk Gibson said, so David Hernandez came on in the ninth. He gave up a two-out double to Shane Victorino, then Adrian Gonzalez struck out looking, staring at home plate umpire Dan Iassogna after the pitch.

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