"He's an elite pitcher," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "I think we had a good game plan. We have a lot of positives that we're going to focus on. And I know that our group of guys right now are feeling OK about their approach off him and the results are there. You score some runs off of him the way we did, it helps build a little confidence."
Pollock struck the first blow in the third, while Martinez hit one in the sixth.
Then with Kershaw tiring in the seventh, Marte and Mathis went back-to-back with one out.
"You've got to pull the positives out of a game like this, for sure, and that's one thing that sticks out in my mind," Mathis said. "The fact that we came back and made a ballgame of it. They know that over there."
The knowledge that they can hit Kershaw could come in handy for the D-backs. After all, if this series goes to a decisive Game 5, Kershaw will be on the mound for L.A.
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.