"I was struggling with my command out there," Godley said. "It just wasn't going for strikes. Some days you've got it, some days you don't. Today, unfortunately, I did not. I tried to do my best to eat as many innings as I could for the team, but ultimately, I just didn't have my best stuff today and they took advantage of it."
The loss snapped the D-backs' 11-game regular-season winning streak against the Dodgers, but they still finished their three-city road trip with a 6-3 record and in first place in the National League West.
"To come on a trip like this and go to St. Louis to their opening weekend, and then you've got to travel into San Francisco and here and we go 6-3, I think we would all have been satisfied if you had told us before the start of the season that we would do that," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "But still it hurts. This was a game we wanted to win."
It was quite a turnaround from April 3 when Godley dominated the Dodgers at Chase Field, allowing just one run over seven innings in a winning effort against Kershaw. This time, though, Godley struggled to locate his pitches and lasted four-plus innings while allowing six runs (five earned).
"We took some borderline pitches and kept the line moving and stressed Godley, who came into the game as one of the best starters in the National League," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "A guy who throws strikes. We were relentless today taking balls and hitting strikes. As a result, we won."
After an easy 1-2-3 first inning in which he threw just seven pitches, Godley allowed an unearned run while throwing 24 pitches in the second. Things then fell apart for him during a three-run third when he threw a whopping 41 pitches.
"He was just misfiring, wasn't able to get into a rhythm," Lovullo said. "The first inning was a very quick easy one, and we thought it would be a typical pitchers' duels on a Sunday day game, but unfortunately, he just couldn't get into a rhythm. The Dodgers did a good job. He was throwing some pitches that we were wanting to throw in some areas that we were wanting to throw, and the Dodgers were just patient."
The D-backs' offense, which had scored 17 runs in the first two games of the series, could not do much against Kershaw, who allowed just one run on two hits while striking out 12 and not walking a batter over seven innings.
"We want to win every game we play, and we didn't play an exceptionally good game," Lovullo said. "But we know we'll have an off-day tomorrow and be ready to go Tuesday."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Rare error: D-backs shortstop Nick Ahmed is about as sure-handed a shortstop as you'll fine, but he bobbled a Yasiel Puig grounder for an error with one out in the second. Puig was the Dodgers' first baserunner of the game, and he would eventually come around to score thanks to a pair of walks and sacrifice fly.
Puig not their friend: An inning later in the third, after retiring the leadoff batter, Godley walked two and allowed an infield single to Cody Bellinger, loading the bases for Puig. The Dodgers right fielder subsequently broke the game open with a single to left-center off Godley. The Dodgers added another run in the inning to grab a 4-0 lead.
YOU GOTTA SEE THIS The "What's wrong with Paul Goldschmidt?" question can officially be put to bed. Goldschmidt, who homered to center in the seventh inning off Kershaw, was hitting just .100 without a homer after the first three games of this road trip. In the final six games, he went 10-for-24 with four homers.
UP NEXT After an off-day on Monday, the D-backs open a three-game series against Giants on Tuesday night at Chase Field. This will be the D-backs second look at the Giants this season, having already taken two out of three from them at AT&T Park. Patrick Corbin will get the start for the D-backs. His last start was also against the Giants, and he allowed three runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings in a 5-4 loss. San Francisco right-hander Johnny Cueto could make his return from the disabled list.