Manny Hits, Ethier Got Hit, L.A. Loses

Manny Ramirez got three hits and the rest of the Dodgers lineup got four on a night that the could have gained a full game on both the Giants and Rockies. Clayton Kershaw was hard to hit but wild and lost his seventh game against eight wins. The Dodgers, who had won two of three in San Francisco, have lost five of seven overall to remain five games ahead of Colorado in the NL West.

Arizona's Dan Haren, who allowed 10 runs in his last two starts and 17 runs over his last four, picked the wrong time to right the ship, holding Los Angeles to six hits and striking out eight.

Then there was the usual tit-for-tat, starting in the eighth inning when Ronald Belisario hit Mark Reynolds and Haren retaliated by hitting Andre Ethier in the bottom of the inning. Both claimed it was accidental.

Kershaw came into the game 5-1 with a 1.06 earned run average over his last 11 starts, and allowed six hits but he is winless in his last five outings. Only once since April 26 had he allowed six hits or more.

But he was tagged for three of the hits, three walks and a pair wild pitches in a four-run second inning, the most runs he has allowed since May 18.

The 21-year-old right-hander struck out nine in just 4.1 innings but gave up a leadoff walk and then an RBI double. A walk and a single loaded the bases before a double play allowed a second run. Haren singled up the middle to drive in a third run, then came consecutive and Arizona led 4-0.

But for all that, the Dodgers couldn't handle Haren, who chipped in with an RBI single in the DBacks big fourth inning. The Dodgers were 10-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base.

Manny Ramirez, obviously back on his game, singled in the second, singled in the fourth and doubled in the sixth before he flew out to deep left field and it was caught against the wall after Ethier was hit by an 'accidental' inside pitch.

He improved to 13-for-24 (.542) against Haren but the rest of the club was 4-for-27 (.148) off Haren and Chad Qualls this night.

Matt Kemp slugged his 17th home run in the fifth inning for the first, and only Dodgers run. He also double in the ninth after Blake had walked to lead off the inning and James Loney had bounced into a fielder's choice. But Orlando Hudson struck out and pinch-hitter Mark Loretta flew to right to end the game.

He threw 35 pitches in the inning and hit 97 pitches before being lifted in the fifth. Ramon Troncoso, Belisario and Guillermo Mota allowed only a single among them but the Dodgers managed just the single run.

One shouldn't expect the beanball mini-explosion to continue tonight with Arizona's Doug Davis and the Dodgers' Hiroki Kuroda, the two have hit one batter each all year.

"I think they retaliated. That's the game of baseball," said manager Joe Torre after the game. "I'm not accusing anybody of anything. It's the game of baseball."

"Guys can look into that the way they want," said Arizona manager A.J. Hinch. "I mean, a couple of guys get hit and that's aggressive baseball. Obviously every pitcher if you talk about establishing and commanding the inside part of the strike zone it is what it is. It's a highly emotional time when guys get hit like that back-to-back and it raised the adrenaline a little bit on everybody in the ballpark."

After losing five of their past seven overall and 12 of their past 19, the Dodgers will call on Hiroki Kuroda (5-5, 4.21 ERA) to protect their division lead that has slipped to five games from a high of nine. Kuroda allowed the Giants one run on six hits over 6.1 innings and stopped a three-game losing streak. The Dodgers are 6-1 in Kuroda's past seven starts and the Dodgers are 10-5 when he takes the ball.

LHP Doug Davis (7-10, 3.62 ERA) is 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA over his last four games and the D-backs have won all four.

  Score by Innings
Los Angeles	000 010 000-1
Arizona	        040 000 00x-4

  Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	3  0  0  0  .261
Martin c	4  0  0  0  .261
Ethier rf	3  0  0  0  .273
Ramirez lf	4  0  0  0  .273
Blake 3b	3  0  1  0  .284
Loney 1b	4  0  0  0  .278
Kemp cf        	3  1  2  1  .313
Hudson 2b	4  0  1  0  .293
Kershaw p	1  0  0  0  .105
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Pierre ph	1  0  0  0  .318
 Belisario p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Mota p        	0  0  0  0  .000
 Loretta ph	1  0  0  0  .234
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  Totals  	31  1  7  1
  Arizona	30  4  7  3
 
  2B- Ramirez (19), Kemp (18). HR- Kemp (17). 
RBI- Kemp (76), S- Kershaw. LOB- Los Angeles 
8, Arizona 8. CS- Kemp (5).

  Los Angeles	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Kershaw (8-7)	4.1  6  4-4  4  9  2.91 
Troncoso	1.2  0  0-0  0  1  2.65
Belisario	1.0  0  0-0  0  1  2.28
Mota        	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.65
  WP- Kershaw 2. HBP- by Belisario Ethier. 
T- 2:41. Att- 31,573.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Orlando Hudson returned to the lineup after missing two-plus games with a strained groin muscle. Hudson played the entire game and went 1-for-4 with a strikeout. ...Chad Billingsley, who missed his last start with a left hamstring strain, had a good bullpen session on Thursday and could return to the rotation Monday or Tuesday. ...Kemp robbed Trent Oeltjen with a diving catch in center in the eighth. Kemp has seven RBIs in the first four games of the road trip. ...Ramirez is 32-for-64 (.500) in 20 career games against Arizona. ...Injured reliever Will Ohman is throwing bullpen sessions in Arizona but is not expected to rejoin the club until next month. ...Prior to his Friday night concert in Phoenix, country music star Toby Keith and his band visited both clubhouses before the game.

Roster Moves
The Twins released minor league 2B Mark Grudzielanek after the 39-year-old veteran struggled in eight games at Double-A. The Phillies called up Pedro Martinez and will debut by facing his old team, the Mets, on August 23. The Diamondbacks released P Tom Gordon, whose son, Dee, is playing shortstop for Great Lakes. The release dims the prospect of the two facing each other, a scenario the younger Gordon was hoping for.

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