For the first time since July, the Dodgers took the field Monday night with Matt Kemp on the active roster. But their offense stayed stuck in its September swoon, and the Diamondbakcs needed just one swing off of Hyun-Jin Ryu to make them pay.
Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Trevor Cahill and three relievers made it stand up in Arizona's 2-1 win over Los Angeles on Monday night.
''We were fortunate but sometimes you have to win 2-1 with two hits,'' Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. ''We got two hits but we made the most of them.''
It marked the third time in Diamondbacks history that they won with two or fewer hits.
With Los Angeles' fourth loss in a row (it has nine runs in those four losses) and the Diamondbacks third straight win, the Dodgers' magic number to clinch the NL West remains four.
Los Angeles has lost 11 of 12 but the Dodgers' once 13.5-game lead over Arizona is stilll at 9.5 with 12 games to play.
''The last 11 are basically gone ...