PHOENIX The Diamondbacks found a good time to reprise 2011.
Ian Kennedy was unbeatable.
The bullpen, unflappable.
The D-backs did most the little things right, and a few big things, too. They exploited the one crack in the Los Angeles Dodgers' defense to score in the seventh inning, two innings after left fielder Jason Kubel took a two-run home run away from Luis Cruz.
They beat reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw for the third time in four meetings this season, and with a 1-0 victory their first 1-0 victory of the season moved within five games of St. Louis for the final NL wild card berth with 20 games to play.
"It's proof that we can play good, clean games," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.
The D-backs will need more of them, and pronto. Five games out of the playoffs with five teams to pass is not the path of choice down the stretch, but it is the path the D-backs have been given. St. Louis and Tampa Bay were 6 games out of the wild card race with 20 gam...