After taking their fourth straight loss on Monday in Arizona, the Dodgers' magic number remains four.
That's fine for the D-backs, who don't want to see the Dodgers clinch the National League West title on their home turf. They'll need to win two of the series' final three games to prevent that party.
"I think we try to win every night we go out there, but it's certainly something I don't want to see. I don't think anyone wants to see that," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "Regardless of who you're playing, you feel a lot better if you win, but if they earn it, they earn it. You have to tip your cap to them.
"They've had an exceptional second half and they're journey, should they clinch, is just beginning. This is the easy part, a lot tougher things are to come."
Looking to get the Dodgers back on track Tuesday will be Zack Greinke, who is unbeaten in his last nine starts, going 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA during that span.
Against the Giants on Thursday, Greinke allowed just one run on four hits in six innings for the no-decision. It marked his 13th straight outing of going at least six innings.
"They weren't getting on base much, but I made a lot of pitches. It was weird," Greinke said. "Lately I haven't made a lot of mistakes, that's the key. I've been getting out of jams, no big innings. Just small stuff."
Meanwhile, Patrick Corbin will try to outduel Greinke and earn his 15th victory. While the team was considering shutting Corbin down just a few weeks ago as he began to show signs of fatigue, he has bounced back nicely.
The left-hander has allowed just four runs in 14 1/3 innings over his last two outings, including a win against the Dodgers in his last start. In that game, he allowed just one run on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.
"He's had no sore arm and no sore elbow, so I think that I'm inclined to let him go, but I'm not going to say he won't miss a start either," Gibson said. "We'll see how far he goes this game, then see how he feels in his bullpen [session]."
Dodgers: Kemp returns
Center fielder Matt Kemp was activated from the 15-day disabled list just before Monday's series opener against the D-backs.
He struck out to end the game as a pinch-hitter, a role he'll be limited to until the club feels he's ready to run at 100 percent.
Kemp took early batting practice and ran before the game. Manager Don Mattingly said the team wants to see Kemp take balls in the outfield and do more running before penciling him into the starting lineup.
Kemp went on the DL for the third time this season after badly spraining his ankle. While rehabbing it, he strained his right hamstring.
"I just need to get out and start playing," he said. "With hamstrings, you've got to take time. Sometimes you think it's good, and it's not. If I have a setback, my season might be over and I don't want that to happen. I feel like I can play. I want to play. I'm trying to get to the point where I can play and help on offense and defense."
D-backs: Putz rejoins bullpen
Reliever J.J. Putz was reinstated from the DL on Monday after missing more than three weeks with a dislocated right finger. He didn't appear in Arizona's 2-1 win.
"I just missed playing, being out there and competing with the guys, so I was just trying to get back as fast as I could," Putz said. "I'm glad I get a chance to pitch these last games, that's exciting. It's one thing to be in the dugout rooting for these guys, but it's another to be out there contributing."
Sidelined since Aug. 24, Putz said he feels about 90 percent. Gibson said he'll use Putz in short-relief situations.
• D-backs right-handed relief pitcher Matt Reynolds will have Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.
• The Dodgers signed Japanese free-agent right-handed pitcher Takumi Numata to a Minor League contract on Monday. Numata, 19, is expected to report to Camelback Ranch-Glendale, where he will work out with the club's Instructional League team.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.