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Clayton Kershaw ejected vs. D-backs

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw was ejected from Wednesday night's game after hitting Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Gerardo Parra on the right elbow to begin the top of the sixth inning, something plate umpire Bill Welke clearly felt was a carryover from an incident in the previous night's game.

Following a short on-field argument with Welke and crew chief Tim Tschida, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly also was ejected.

Asked if he intentionally hit Parra, Kershaw replied, "No, I didn't mean to."

Kershaw singled out Welke for ejecting him, along with Mattingly in the sixth inning.

"He's too strict," Kershaw said. "Bill is back there just trying to make sure that everything is OK. I understand that he has a job to do, but at the same time, just pay attention to the game and understand what's going on a little bit better."

Kershaw allowed one hit over five-plus innings. After Parra's double, he retired the next seven batters in a row and then got ejected.

"I'm not disappointed at all," he said. "We got a win, it was awesome."

After Kershaw was ejected, Mattingly rushed out of the dugout to argue with Welke.

"It was leftover from last night," crew chief Tim Tschida told a pool reporter.

Tschida said Kershaw's pitch was intentional. Told that the Dodgers believed Kershaw was merely pitching inside, Tschida responded, "It's always that view."

At the time of his ejection, Kershaw had dominated the Diamondbacks through five innings, holding them to a one-out double by Parra in the second inning. The Dodgers led 2-0.

Kershaw was spotted shouting toward the Diamondbacks' dugout, and trading words with Diamondbacks third-base coach Matt Williams, after Parra showboated on his seventh-inning home run in Arizona's 5-4 victory on Tuesday night. Parra was reacting to a pitch at his head by Dodgers reliever Hong-Chih Kuo, who has battled wildness this season and even went onto the disabled list for six weeks because of it. Parra's homer came later in that at-bat.

The Dodgers went on to win 3-2, with Kershaw earning his 19th victory of the season, tying him with the D-backs' Ian Kennedy for the NL lead. It's the highest win total for a Dodgers pitcher since Ramon Martinez went 20-6 in 1990.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.