Neither team picked up a hit until Jamey Carroll's single in the bottom of the third, but the Rockies did waste an opportunity in the top of the first. Jonathan Herrera reached on an error, moved to second on a Todd Helton walk and wound up on third after a wild pitch. However, Troy Tulowitzki grounded out and Ty Wigginton struck out to let Kershaw off the hook.
The Dodgers took a 3-0 lead at the end of the fourth inning. Ty Wigginton should have had an easy out on a Rafael Furcal ball to left field, but he missed it and allowed the base runner. Jhoulys Chacin (8-8, 3.50 ERA) then walked Andre Ethier before Matt Kemp came up with the big two-run double to right center field. Kemp moved to third on an Aaron Miles ground out and scored on a Juan Rivera sacrifice fly. Chacin was charged with just one of three runs and finished his night after six innings.
Kershaw (12-4, 2.72 ERA) gave up two runs in 6-2/3 innings, both to Todd Helton (a single in the fifth, a ground out in the sixth). The Rockies were just 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Both bullpens were quite effective, as Rex Brothers was the only one of a total of five relievers to allow a hit.
The Rockies (48-56, 22-30 away) finish this series on Wednesday with Aaron Cook facing Hiroki Kuroda.