Clayton Kershaw missed time this year with lower back injuries.

The Dodgers said the ailment was only relevant if it affected Kershaw in October.

No. 22 was resilient and successful against the Diamondbacks with two weeks left in the season.

Kershaw surrendered one run in six innings as the Dodgers won 5-2 at Dodger Stadium on Monday.

Dodgers' 102nd victory won a first-round bye.

They'll get five days off between their regular-season finale and Game 1 of the NLDS on Oct. 11.

Kershaw's zero-walk, 10-strikeout outing showed his command.

He struck out nine Diamondbacks with sliders or fastballs

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