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PHOENIX (AP) -- Justin Upton broke out of a 3-for-19 slump with a key two-run triple and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Friday night and snap a six-game losing streak.
Josh Collmenter scattered six hits over six innings for the Diamondbacks, who moved within three games of .500 and six games of first-place Los Angeles in the NL West. Collmenter (1-2) struck out six and walked two.
J.J. Putz pitched the ninth for his 15th save.
Adam Kennedy hit his first home run in nearly a year for the Dodgers, who had won three straight.
What had been a strong outing for Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw (6-5) unraveled in a span of six batters.
Kershaw had allowed one hit and retired 13 straight batters when he walked Henry Blanco to lead off the sixth. The defending NL Cy Young winner struck out pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay, but then Willie Bloomquist and Aaron Hill singled and Upton lined a two-run triple just inside the left-field line and into the corner to give the Diamondbacks a 3-2 lead.
Jason Kubel followed with a double off the base of the left-center field wall, scoring Upton to make it 4-2 and end Kershaw's night. Kubel came home on a two-out wild pitch by Jamey Wright for a 5-2 lead.
Kershaw allowed five runs on five hits over 5 13 innings, his shortest outing since a three-inning stint on opening day. He struck out seven and walked two.
The Dodgers pulled within 5-3 on a walk three singles against Bryan Shaw. But Mike Zagurski struck out pinch-hitter Jerry Hairston with the bases loaded, and induced James Loney to fly out to Kubel in left. Kubel then threw out Mark Ellis easily at home to end the rally.
Los Angeles threatened again in the eighth, putting runners on second and third against David Hernandez with nobody out before Hernandez recovered to retire the side, striking out Elian Herrera and Ellis along the way.
Tony Gwynn Jr. reached on an error and scored on Bobby Abreu's double to put the Dodgers ahead 1-0 in the third. Kennedy led off the fourth with his solo shot to make it 2-0.
NOTES: Kubel has 11 outfield assists, the third-most in club history and one shy of the team single-season record held by Eric Byrnes and Gerardo Parra. ... Abreu ended the Diamondbacks' sixth with a sliding catch of a quickly dropping line drive by Blanco. ... Upton's triple was his first since August 5. ... Kennedy's home run was his first since July 20 at Toronto, a span of 90 games. ... Kershaw's five runs allowed were the most he'd allowed in 12 career starts against Arizona. ... Collmenter has allowed three runs -- two earned -- over 12 innings in his past two starts and three earned runs in four starts since returning from a nearly two-month banishment to the bullpen. . RHP Trevor Cahill will make his second start against the Dodgers this season, facing RHP Chad Billingsley. Cahill is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in his past two starts and has allowed five home runs in his past three outings. Billingsley has lost his last four starts, but is 10-8 with a 3.74 ERA in 26 games -- 24 starts -- against the Diamondbacks.
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