AP Sports Writer
PHOENIX (AP) -- A night after their emotions ran at a fever pitch in San Diego, the Los Angeles Dodgers fell flat in Arizona.
Not even Clayton Kershaw could rescue them in a 3-0 loss to young Patrick Corbin and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.
Corbin (2-0) allowed three hits in six innings, striking out four. He walked three and hit a batter, but kept the Dodgers at bay, then Brad Ziegler and David Hernandez each pitched a scoreless frame before J.J. Putz finished off the shutout for his second save in three tries.
Kershaw (2-1) struck out nine, leaving him one shy of 1,000 for his career, but left trailing 1-0 after the Diamondbacks loaded the bases with one out in the eighth inning. Reliever Shawn Tolleson walked both batters he faced to bring in two runs.
Arizona took a 1-0 lead in the fourth, the first run allowed by Kershaw in 20 innings to start the season.
Kershaw was charged with three runs on six hits in 7 1-3 innings as the Dodgers dropped the series opener a night after their bench-clearing brawl in San Diego resulted in an injury that will sideline starter Zack Greinke for eight weeks. Kershaw walked three after walking just one in 16 innings in his first two starts.
"It was a battle for me," Kershaw said. "After the first inning I really didn't have a breaking ball. I just couldn't find the rhythm with it. I was basically pitching with a fastball for most of the night, which obviously makes it difficult."
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly couldn't find much fault with Kershaw's performance. It was the Los Angeles offense that again failed to come through when opportunities presented themselves. Los Angeles stranded 10 runners and was 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position.
"They kept us down. You kind of hate to waste a performance like that from Kersh, but we weren't able to get anything on the board," Mattingly said. "It didn't seem like we had a ton of chances, but we had a few chances. "
Even though he's pitched only part of one season in the majors, Corbin -- who got the final spot in the Arizona rotation just before the season started -- is 2-1 with a save and a 1.33 ERA against the Dodgers, who lost their sixth in a row at Arizona dating to last season.
"I knew coming in that it was going to be tough for us getting runs," Corbin said, "so I knew I had to go out there and put up some zeros."
A perfectly executed hit-and-run got Arizona on the board in the fourth. Gerardo Parra singled, then took off to second as Martin Prado batted. Prado hit the ball right where shortstop Justin Sellers was before he went to cover second. That left runners at first and third with one out, and Prado scored when Goldschmidt grounded into a double play to make it 1-0.
"That is not an easy task against Kershaw," manager Kirk Gibson said of Prado's hit-and-run at bat. "The ball is up, it is hard to sit back against the guy. ... Just trying to make something of an opportunity and he got the job done."
It stayed 1-0 until the Arizona eighth, when Jason Kubel's pinch-hit single off the glove of the diving Matt Kemp in center, a bunt base hit by A.J. Pollock and a walk to Gerardo Parra loaded the bases and ended the night for Kershaw.
Tolleson, just brought up from Triple-A Albuquerque when Greinke went on the disabled list earlier in the day, relieved Kershaw and walked Prado and Goldschmidt to put Arizona up 3-0.
The Dodgers mounted a serious threat in the top of the fourth when walks to Juan Uribe and A.J. Ellis put runners at first and second with two outs. Sellers lined sharply to shortstop Cliff Pennington, who made a spectacular stop but the speedy Dodgers' shortstop beat out the throw in an extremely close play to load the bases.
That brought up Kershaw, who on a 3-2 count grounded up the middle. Second baseman Josh Wilson fielded it and threw the pitcher out at first to end the threat.
The Dodgers also threatened in the eighth and ninth.
In the eighth, Los Angeles got runners on first and third with one out. Kemp singled with one out and took third when Adrian Gonzalez walked on a wild pitch. But Hernandez struck out Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier grounded to first to end the inning.