The news that Matt Kemp was going onto the disabled list took some of the attention away from Clayton Kershaw's latest gem -- and his exchange of brushback pitches with fellow ace Ian Kennedy.
Kemp, the Dodgers All-Star center fielder, was downcast following Monday night's 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, knowing he'll be sidelined for at least two weeks with a strained left hamstring. His consecutive game streak ended at 399, the longest active streak in the majors until Monday.
''I'm disappointed,'' Kemp said after missing his first game since Aug. 18, 2009. ''This is my second time being on the DL, and the first time was a long time ago (April 2007). I like playing every game, but I've got to be healthy and playing at 100 percent for me to be effective. So I've got to let it heal. It's going to take some time.''
''It's hard for me to sit out for 15 days. I mean, I was going crazy tonight watching them play,'' Kemp said.
Andre Ethier homered in Kemp's absence as the Dodgers won their fifth straight. Third baseman Juan Uribe, who was in manager Don Mattingly's original lineup, also was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an injury to his left wrist.
Kershaw (3-1) scattered four hits over seven innings, struck out six and walked three, helping the Dodgers improve the best record in the majors to 24-11. He bounced back from winless starts against Colorado and San Francisco in which he gave up four home runs.
''When you're chasing pitches out of the zone, he can be tough. But when he's in the zone he's hittable,'' Arizona shortstop Willie Bloomquist said. ''I mean, he's got good stuff, obviously, so you've got to bring your `A' game when you face him or you're not going to beat him. He's about as tough as they get from the left-handed side.''