By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw struck out five in his first start since July 3 and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 on Monday night for their seventh straight home win.

Activated from the injured list earlier in the day, Kershaw had missed 57 games with elbow inflammation.

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The 33-year-old left-hander gave up four hits, walked one and didn’t figure in the decision after throwing 50 pitches over 4 1/3 innings. Kershaw reached on an infield single in the second and sacrificed in the fourth.

Phil Bickford (4-2) got the win with one inning of scoreless relief.

With the second-place Dodgers chasing NL West-leading San Francisco, Kershaw’s return gives them another front-line starter to join Walker Buehler, Max Scherzer and Julio Urías, all of whom are strong Cy Young Award contenders.

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Kershaw was throwing his fastball about 91 mph before going on the IL. He touched 90 a few times in the first when he needed 20 pitches to get out of the inning. He retired the side in the third, his only clean inning.

The Dodgers took a 3-1 lead in the first on Corey Seager’s RBI single and Justin Turner’s two-run double into the left-field corner. Turner added a solo homer, his 25th, in the eighth.

Austin Barnes doubled into the left-field corner in the sixth, extending the lead to 4-1.

Arizona’s lone run came on Josh Rojas’ RBI single in the first.

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Diamondbacks starter Zac Gallen (2-10) gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked three.