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Diamondbacks go for sweep over visiting Dodgers
| 3 weeks ago

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks challenged the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West last season because their rotation had Dodgers-like success, and the D-backs are working on a reprise this season.

Arizona clinched a series victory against the Dodgers with a 6-1 win at Chase Field on Tuesday, when right-hander Zack Godley completed the D-backs' first turn through the rotation by out-pitching Clayton Kershaw, who is 0-2 for the first time since 2009.

Godley became the first Arizona starter to work into the seventh inning this season, giving up one run on four hits while striking out three and walking one. He used 96 pitches, and the Dodgers were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. Godley struck out Matt Kemp on a breaking ball with a runner on third base and two outs in the sixth inning while holding a 2-1 lead.

Arizona (4-1) will look to complete a three-game sweep when opening day starter Patrick Corbin (1-0) faces Alex Wood (0-0). Only one D-backs starter has given up more than three runs in his first start.

Godley's outing was particularly valuable inasmuch as Arizona used eight pitchers in an 8-7, 15-inning victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday, which set a Chase Field record at five hours, 45 minutes. Had the game gone 16 innings, catcher Jeff Mathis was to pitch.

"My goal each and every time out is to do everything I can to help the team win," Godley said. "This is one of those times where it called for me to go a little bit longer. I'm glad I could do that."

The Diamondbacks have won four straight series and eight straight regular-season games against the Dodgers, who swept them in the NLDS in October.

"Zack had a good game plan. When he needed to make pitches, he did," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. "He was aggressive with his fastball, and that led to a lot of negative swings on the breaking ball. I really believe in our five starters. I'm really pleased with us beating Clayton Kershaw."

Arizona's Daniel Descalso and David Peralta became the first pair of left-handed hitters to homer against Kershaw in the same game with bases-empty homers in the second and third innings, respectively, around a third-inning sacrifice fly by Chris Taylor.

"This one is on me tonight," Kershaw told reporters. "After a night like last night, six is not going to cut it. That's a tough situation to put your bullpen in.

"I kinda went through this last year early on against lefties. I made two mistakes, and hopefully mistakes stay in the ballpark. Tonight, they didn't and it cost us the game."

Descalso made his second start of the season at second base when Ketel Marte moved to shortstop to give Nick Ahmed a day off. Ahmed entered tied for the NL lead with seven RBIs.

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