Clayton Kershaw struck out 10, Chris Taylor hit a three-run homer in which the Dodgers successfully defied a fan interference call, and Los Angeles beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2 on Monday night.
The Dodgers have beaten the D-backs in 19 of their last 20 meetings at Dodger Stadium. They improved to 12-3 against Arizona this season.
Kershaw (9-3) allowed one run and six hits over six innings for his second straight victory after a loss and four no-decisions dating back to July 24. His strikeouts are tied for his second-best of the season. The southpaw hit the side in the third.
Closer, Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth and gave up a first single, then hit back-to-back batters to load the bases. Gavin Lux ducked pinch hitter Sergio Alcantara, who dug in a double play, before Daulton Varsho appeared to end it.
A night the Dodgers power trio of Mookie Betts, Trea Turner and Freddie Freeman went a combined 1 for 11 with a walk and two strikeouts, the bottom half of the order produced.
Gavin Lux had three hits from 7th place.
Taylor has struggled mightily this season. He batted 149 times in 365 at-bats entering the game, with just 24% of his swings coming in play. He flew away in the second before connecting for his 10th homer against Merrill Kelly (12-7) in a four-point fourth. However, he had to wait for her.
Team manager James Hoye ruled on fan interference when a man sitting in the lower left field seats wearing a Dodgers jersey awkwardly tried to catch the ball in his glove. The ball hit the man in the stomach and he ricocheted off the pitch.
The Dodgers contested the call and after a video review, Taylor headed home with a three-point shot that extended their lead to 5-0.
Joey Gallo went to the first two innings for the Dodgers. He homered 437 feet to the flag in right field with two outs in second. Gallo had an RBI single in the fourth in which Max Muncy scored on a field error by center back Varsho.
The Dodgers thought they ran a late-inning double play in the fifth. Instead, the video review went against them. Geraldo Perdomo dug in on a defensive pick at third that scored Carson Kelly, who doubled up in the lead, and Arizona trailed 5-1.
Christian Walker scored on the Alcantara double play floor for Arizona’s other run.
Merrill Kelly allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings. The right-hander struck out seven and walked two.
D-backs: RHP Zach Davies (2-4, 4.06 ERA) enters the opener of Tuesday’s doubleheader chasing his first win since May 13. He got a no-decision decision in 5 1/3 innings against the Dodgers last week. RHP Drey Jameson (1-0, 0-0) starts Game 2. He won his MLB debut last week against the Padres with seven scoreless innings.
Dodgers: RHP Michael Grove (0-0, 4.40) gets a second start in Game 1. He faced the D-backs in a spot start on Sept. 14, giving up two runs and two hits over five innings. He took out four and walked one. LHP Tyler Anderson (15-3, 2.62) is expected to come off the paternity list and start Game 2.