PHOENIX Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson made no secret Friday of the fact that night's game with the first place Los Angeles Dodgers was a big one, against reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw.
"If we could beat him tonight, that's the kind of thing that can set you on your way, just turn things around," Gibson said before the game.
The D-backs did just that, roughing the lefty up worse than they ever have in a 5-3 win that snapped a season-worst six-game losing streak. So could the win be the spark that lights a fire under these underachieving D-backs?
"We sure hope so," Gibson said. "We feel pretty good right now."
In topping the Dodgers to cut their lead in the NL West to six games, the D-backs got finally got the big plays they lacked during their losing streak. From the offense, the defense and the pitchers, the whole team contributed key plays to get the win.
The five runs Kershaw allowed Friday was the most he'd ever surrendered in 12 career starts against...