The Arizona Diamondbacks have struggled against a number of teams this season, but the Los Angeles Dodgers aren' one of them. The D-backs added to the Dodgers' struggles -- despite all of their new stars in the lineup -- with a 2-0 win at Dodger Stadium Thursday night.
Thursday's game was the opener of a key four-game series for both teams. The Dodgers are trying to catch San Francisco for first place in the NL West, and the Diamondbacks are just trying to stay in the postseason hunt.
Arizona's six-game losing streak ended thanks to Ian Kennedy's start, no runs on two hits in 6 1/3 innings, a two-run home run for struggling Chris Young and a huge defensive play by Aaron Hill in the seventh inning to kill a a Dodgers rally.
Young homered off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning. The Dodgers still had time to come back, but Kennedy shut them down. When he exited the game, Brad Ziegler, David Hernandez and J.J. Putz shut out L.A. the rest of the way.
The Dodgers managed just five hits for the game. The series continues Friday when Trevor Cahill takes the hill for the Diamondbacks against Aaron Harang of the Dodgers at 7:10 p.m.