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Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11:38 pm | Updated: 3:02 am, Thu Sep 15, 2011.

(AP) — Once Clayton Kershaw got tossed, the Arizona Diamondbacks figured their offense would come around. It didn't, though, and they couldn't take advantage of the Los Angeles Dodgers starter's absence.

Arizona managed just one more run after Kershaw was ejected in the sixth inning and went on to a 3-2 loss Wednesday night.

"Their bullpen did a great job shutting us down," Arizona starter Daniel Hudson said.

Still, the NL West-leading D-backs won the three-game series.

Kershaw was ejected for hitting Gerardo Parra on the right elbow in an incident that was a carryover from Tuesday night's game in which Parra momentarily stood at the plate to admire his solo homer off reliever Hong-Chih Kuo that tied the game in the seventh.

Parra was annoyed Kuo had thrown an earlier pitch near his head, although afterward he said he didn't think it was deliberate.

Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis yelled at Parra as he crossed the plate, and Kershaw shouted at Parra from the top step of the dugout. The umpires warned both benches against further trouble. The D-backs won 5-4 in 10 innings after scoring on a bases-loaded walk.

Hudson (16-10) gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked three. He didn't retaliate after Parra got hit.

"We've still got to get that inside part of the plate and get outs. We can't not go in there because we're scared of getting ejected," Hudson said. "You get a little wary of going in there because you don't want to get suspended. We're in a playoff run. So if one gets away from me and I get ejected or suspended, it's going to hurt us in the long run."

Miguel Montero wasn't surprised about Kershaw's ejection, especially after Parra's first inning hit.

"It was a stupid move by him. I thought he was better," he said. "He's a really good pitcher and he's just got electric stuff. I think he's a good kid, too. It's just a shame that he threw at Parra. But he was the one who was talking crap yesterday."

Parra watched the verbal fray from first base, where he stood with his arms crossed and a smug look on his face.

"I was ready for that. I'm ready for anything. He's pitching, I'm hitting, and that's baseball, man," Parra said. "He's a good pitcher and he has good control, but he threw one pitch inside and then he threw another pitch that hit me. The umpire made the decision, and that's it."

Kershaw (19-5) denied intentionally hitting Parra. After Parra's double, the next seven D-backs in a row were retired before Kershaw got tossed, along with Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.

Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth to earn his fourth save in five chances, giving up a RBI single to Montero, who lamented wasting Hudson's effort.

"He got the loss, but he threw a great game again," Montero said. "He got five ground-ball base hits, and they found a hole. That's pretty much the way he's been pitching. Guys have been finding the holes like that and taking advantage of it."

Hudson said the D-backs were contacted by MLB beforehand and given a warning.

"We were told that if they thought there was any intent, we would be ejected and there would be some suspensions," he said.

Parra was booed in his subsequent at-bat when he nearly tied the game with a long ball that right fielder Jerry Sands caught at the wall. Ryan Roberts, who led off the eighth inning with a double, advanced to third after the catch and scored on a broken-bat grounder by pinch-hitter Geoff Blum.

The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Matt Kemp and Jerry Sands.

NOTES: It was Kershaw's second career ejection, and Mattingly's third in his first season as a manager. ... Dodgers RF Andre Ethier underwent arthroscopic surgery in a 35-minute procedure to clean up wear and tear behind his right knee cap. He's expected to begin rehabilitation in a week in Arizona, where he lives in the offseason. ... Kemp notched his 110th RBI, becoming the first Dodger to reach that mark since Adrian Beltre had 121 in 2004. ... Kershaw has won seven straight home starts and each of his last 10 decisions at Chavez Ravine, going 11-1 in 15 home starts. ... The D-backs are 9-6 against the Dodgers, who end the season with three games in Arizona.

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