After Ian Kennedy hit Yasiel Puig and Zack Greinke with pitches above the shoulder, sparking a brawl in the Dodgers 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks on June 11, catcher Tim Federowicz said the team hoped they would face Kennedy again this season.

Tuesday they did.

And after Kennedy plunked Hanley Ramirez in the top of the first inning, the Dodgers retaliated with their bats -- striking double-digit hits for the second straight game in a 6-1 victory while Ricky Nolasco threw seven innings in his team debut, giving up one run and four hits.

Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs, Puig went one for three, with two walks, and Nolasco helped his cause with a run batted in and the Dodgers’ only extra-base hit as they posted their MLB-best 14th win in their last 17 games. With it, they clinched their fifth straight series, and pulled within 2 1/2 games of the NL West-leading Diamondbacks and climbed to half a game under .500 for the first time since May 1.

The Dodgers put a runner on second base in five of the first six innings, opening a 6-0 cushion. Through the first two games of the series, they've knocked 27 hits, 25 of them singles.

"A BYOB party," broadcaster Vin Scully called it. "Bring your own bat."

While the Dodgers' lineup beat up on Kennedy, the Diamondbacks struggled to crack Nolasco.

The 30-year-old right-hander, who was acquired from the Miami Marlins for three minor league pitchers on Saturday, struck out five and walked none. The only run he gave up came on a soft line drive from Martin Prado with the game all but decided in the seventh.

After Andre Ethier struck out with runners on first and second to end the first inning, it appeared the Dodgers could squander another quality chance in the second when No. 8 hitter Jerry Hairston Jr. grounded into a bases-loaded double play with no outs.

But Nolasco belted a 1-2 fastball into right field for an RBI single to help his cause and give the Dodgers an early lead.