Kennedy hit hard as Dodgers hold off D-backs

Kennedy hit hard as Dodgers hold off D-backs

Published Apr. 13, 2013 9:49 p.m. ET

PHOENIX (AP) -- Ian Kennedy dodged trouble for a good portion of the evening.

After he retired the first two batters in the sixth, he looked like he would keep the Diamondbacks within striking distance. But the Dodgers went on to score three times in the inning en route to a 7-5 victory Saturday night.

"I was one pitch away from getting out of that inning," Kennedy said.

Manager Kirk Gibson said Kennedy (1-1) didn't have his usual fastball command.

"He walked four guys tonight," Gibson said. "That is uncharacteristic of him. He was unable to put them away when we needed to put them away."

Still, the Diamondbacks rallied from a 6-1 deficit and pulled within a run before the Dodgers scored an insurance run in the ninth.

"Overall it was a great game," Gibson said. "The guys came back, the bench played well."

Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jim Ryu struck out nine in six innings and got his first three big league hits in the process.

"I can't remember," Ryu said through an interpreter when asked the last time he had three hits in a game. "Even in high school, I don't think I got three this in one game."

Adrian Gonzalez went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs as the Dodgers stopped a six-game losing streak at Chase Field dating to last season. Matt Kemp singled in two runs, Skip Schumaker had an RBI double and Andre Ethier singled in a run for Los Angeles.

The Dodgers led 6-1 after six innings, but the D-backs tried to rally behind pinch-hit RBIs from Eric Hinske, Eric Chavez and Aaron Hill and then a home run by Martin Prado.

Ryu (2-1) allowed three runs and six hits with just one walk.

"He has good stuff. He has four pitches, and he throws them at any time," Paul Goldschmidt said. "He located his fastball on both sides of the plate. He used his changeup. He has a little curveball and a hard slider. He was mixing it up and keeping guys off balance."

It was Ryu's 100th professional victory. He said his parents have been there "for 99 of them."

His parents jumped up and down when he doubled in his first at-bat. He also had two singles, becoming the first Dodgers pitcher with three hits in a game since Randy Wolf went 3 for 4 against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Aug. 16, 2009.

"I was most surprised by my hitting today," Ryu said. "Surprise is the key word."

Brandon League pitched a perfect ninth for the Dodgers for his fourth save in as many tries.

Kennedy (1-1) gave up six runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out four and walking four, one intentionally.

The Diamondbacks' Cliff Pennington was ejected for the first time in his big league career after slamming his bat to the plate following a called third strike by umpire Jim Reynolds with runners on first and second in the seventh. The bat broke, and Pennington went back and picked up the shattered piece before he left the field.

The D-backs went on to score two runs in the inning and close to within 6-3. Prado's homer off Kenley Jansen leading off the eighth made it 6-4. Miguel Montero singled with one out before Hill, out of the lineup since being hit in the left hand by a pitch on Tuesday, doubled on a liner off the wall in left with two outs to make it a one-run game.

Ramon Hernandez's RBI double down the right-field line in the ninth pushed the Dodgers' lead back to two runs.

Gonzalez led off the fourth with his second home run of the season, and the Dodgers added two more in the fifth. Ryu singled, then Crawford reached on a fielder's choice and flew around the bases to score from first on Schumaker's double. Gonzalez was walked intentionally before Ethier singled sharply to bring home Schumaker with a 3-0 lead.

The D-backs scratched one across in the fifth when Pennington led off with a single, took second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on Kennedy's sacrifice and scored when A.J. Pollock grounded out.

Los Angeles chased Kennedy in a three-run sixth, with all the damage coming with two outs. Ryu singled and Carl Crawford doubled to put runners at second and third. Schumaker walked to load the bases, and Kemp -- batting .189 entering the game -- then singled in two runs. Left-hander Matt Reynolds replaced Kennedy and gave up an RBI single to Gonzalez putting the Dodgers up 6-1.

Ryu left after giving up singles to Alfredo Marte and Josh Wilson to start the seventh. Reliever Ronald Belisario got Pennington out on strikes, but pinch hitters Hinske and Chavez each singled in a run to cut it to 6-3.

NOTES: The Dodgers announced that LHP Chris Capuano will start Tuesday against the Padres, taking the spot that would have gone to Zack Greinke before he broke his collarbone in the bench-clearing brawl in San Diego on Thursday night. ... The Diamondbacks placed OF Jason Kubel on the 15-day DL with a strained left quadriceps and activated OF Cody Ross, who opened the season on the DL with a left calf strain. ... In the series finale Sunday, RHP Josh Beckett (0-1, 4.91 ERA) goes for the Dodgers and RHP Trevor Cahill (0-2, 5.91) for the Diamondbacks. ... League is 10 for 10 in save opportunities with the Dodgers.