Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 1: Clayton Kershaw makes successful return

Coming off a sweep of the Padres, the Dodgers are continuing to hold up their end of the bargain, winning their fourth straight tonight after a relatively easy 5-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Clayton Kershaw made his return and looked solid in limited work, and the offense once again did enough for the victory.

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The Dodgers welcomed back Kershaw to the rotation, certainly a sight for sore eyes, especially for an overworked bullpen. He got things off to a nice start with a strikeout of Nick Ahmed for his first out.

But he then gave up a double and walked a batter, proceeding to give up a bloop single with two outs to score the game’s first run and put the Dodgers down 1-0. He limited the damage from there, both in that inning and in general, allowing just a single and a double the rest of the way.

He was clearly on a light pitch count, but he provided enough: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 50 Pitches.

The lineup has looked on the verge for a while now, but maybe they are finally putting some things together. They gave Kershaw early support tonight, striking back in the 1st inning with three of their own.

A Mookie Betts double was followed by a Max Muncy fly out to the track in left and a walk to corner the runners. Corey Seager then cashed the chance in with a single, and Justin Turner followed with a double to plate a pair and make it 3-1.

After having a run taken off the board in the 4th with Gavin Lux being called out at home upon review, the Dodgers added on again in the 6th behind a Lux walk and an Austin Barnes double to make it 4-1.

JT helped add some insurance in the 7th with a homer to make it 5-1.

The bullpen, meanwhile, continued to be great. Phil Bickford took over in the 5th and got three outs, Alex Vesia followed with two outs on strikeouts, and Corey Knebel got a perfect 7th.

Mitch White stepped up to give the Dodgers length in the 8th and 9th, pitching two perfect frames to end it.

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The Dodgers get to 92-53 on the season, but remain 2.5 games back of the Giants in the NL West.

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