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SD@LAD: Kershaw strikes out nine over six innings

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig can launch home runs, gun down baserunners and leap tall buildings in a single bound.

But can he give Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw a little run support?

That's what Puig -- who's recorded five straight multihit games -- and the rest of the Los Angeles lineup looks to do Monday night, when the Dodgers and D-backs begin a three-game series at Dodger Stadium.

The D-backs have won four straight and five of six against the Dodgers this season. They're also 9-2 in their last 11 games at Dodger Stadium.

While several Dodgers are ailing, Kershaw has continued to be, well, Kershaw. The lefty is third in the Majors with a 1.93 ERA and ranks among the National League leaders in average against (.192), strikeouts (91), innings (93 1/3) and WHIP (0.96).

But he's only 5-4, with the Dodgers scoring just 36 runs in his 13 starts.

"It bothers me that he's giving us a chance to win and we're not putting any runs up for the most part," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "That wouldn't just be him. That would be any of our guys that are pitching well. It's just a concern for our club."

Largely because of that lack of run support, Kershaw is winless in his last five starts against Arizona -- even though he has a 2.29 career ERA against the D-backs, including a 2.51 mark in two starts this year.

Kershaw might need some added support as he faces one of the game's best hitters in D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Before he went 0-for-4 in Sunday's loss to the Giants, Goldschmidt had driven in a run in a club-record-tying eight straight games, the longest streak in the Majors since Washington's Ryan Zimmerman drove in a run in nine straight games last September.

And Goldschmidt's proven to be quite fond of Los Angeles pitching, batting .458 (11-for-24) with one double, four homers and 11 RBIs in six games this season. Goldschmidt has struggled against Kershaw, however, with only two hits in 17 career at-bats.

D-backs: Miley dominates Dodgers
Lefty Wade Miley takes the mound looking to continue his mastery of the Dodgers. Miley is 3-1 with a 3.19 ERA in five career starts, four quality, against Los Angeles. He also is 3-0 with a 2.17 ERA in four career starts at Dodger Stadium.

• The D-backs are the lone team not to be shut out this season. Their 63-game stretch is the longest in the NL since 2006.

• Closer Heath Bell has converted seven straight save opportunities and has not allowed a run in 13 of his last 14 appearances, including his last nine.

Dodgers: Hanley, Kemp having health issues
• The Dodgers received a double dose of bad news Sunday, when they learned Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) could return to the disabled list and Matt Kemp won't return from his hamstring injury as soon as hoped.

Ramirez has been out four straight days since returning from the disabled list on Tuesday, while Kemp suffered a setback Sunday morning.

• Skip Schumaker has a career-long 15-game hitting streak, during which he's batting .420. Schumaker's streak is the longest by a Dodger this season.

• Since Monday, the Dodgers' last seven homers have been hit by rookies: Puig (four), Scott Van Slyke (two) and Tim Federowicz (one). It's the longest such stretch since 2007, when Tony Abreu, Chin-lung Hu, Andy LaRoche, James Loney (three) and Delwyn Young had seven straight homers.

Worth noting
• The D-backs are 1-2 so far in a 10-game stretch against the NL West. They are 16-15 against division foes this season.

• Kershaw is 4-1 with a 1.52 ERA in eight career home starts against the D-backs.

• Los Angeles' Mark Ellis is a .444 career hitter (8-for-18) with three homers against Miley. Comments