Diamondbacks 1, Dodgers 0: Ian Kennedy scattered four hits over 7 1/3 stellar innings and Miguel Montero ripped an RBI double in the seventh as Arizona snapped a six-game home losing streak.
The victory moved the Diamondbacks within five games of St. Louis in the race for the second wild card in the National League.
Returning from a two-game absence due to an inflamed left shoulder, Matt Kemp had a double and threw out Montero at the plate to end the seventh inning. Luis Cruz collected two of the five hits for the Dodgers, who have dropped five of their last six but remained one game behind St. Louis in the wild card race and six back of NL West-leading San Francisco.
After both teams mustered just two hits over the first six innings, the Diamondbacks benefited from shortstop Hanley Ramirez's error to open the seventh. Two batters later, Montero deposited an offering from Clayton Kershaw (12-9) into the gap in right-center field. Paul Goldschmidt, who was on first, chugged around the bases and beat the relay throw to score the game's lone run.
Kennedy (13-11) struck out six en route to posting his fifth win in his last six decisions versus Los Angeles. Brad Ziegler induced an inning-ending double play to bridge the gap to David Hernandez, who overcame Shane Victorino's two-out double in the ninth to secure his third save.
After being scratched from Sunday's start with a hip injury, Kershaw suffered the hard-luck loss. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner yielded the one run on three hits and struck out five in seven innings.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Los Angeles nearly opened the scoring in the fifth inning after Cruz belted a long fly to the wall in left-center, but outfielder Jason Kubel made a leaping catch to end the threat. ... Kemp, who went 1-for-3, is just 4-for-33 in his last eight contests. ... The Diamondbacks own an 11-6 edge in the season series versus the NL West rival. ... Arizona last lost seven in a row at home from June 5-11, 2006.