Thompson gets the start in left field and seems to be riding a red-hot May into a more regular role. He hit two home runs on Monday night, and in May is 9-for-26 (.346) with five home runs, two doubles and 12 RBI in just nine games, including seven starts.
Three of the home runs and one double this month have come against right-handed pitching.
Dodgers left fielders in 2016 have hit a collective .222/.291/.361.
Gonzalez left Monday's game in the top of the sixth inning with lower back tightness. Tuesday marks just the second time in 40 games this season that he is not starting.
Howie Kendrick gets the call at first base in place of Gonzalez and bats cleanup, making one wonder if Dave Roberts' lineup cards have pre-printed positions on them. Kendrick has one extra-base hit in 30 games this season and is hitting .214/.243/.224.
Corey Seager and Justin Turner flipped spots, with Seager now batting third and Turner second, splitting up the two left-handed position players in the batting order.
A.J. Ellis catches Kershaw for the seventh time in nine starts this season.