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Kemp takes HR lead in NL; Dodgers top D-Backs

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PHOENIX -- Matt Kemp's Triple Crown dreams remain alive for another day.

Kemp hit a three-run homer, Dana Eveland pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Monday night for their fourth straight win.

Kemp connected against Daniel Hudson (16-12) in the first, hitting a drive to center for his NL-best 38th homer. Kemp also leads the NL with 123 RBI and is third with a .324 batting average with two games left.

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"[New York's] Jose Reyes and [Milwaukee's] Ryan Braun are two good hitters," Kemp said of the two players ahead of him in the race for the batting title. "Those guys can hit so it's going to be tough. If it's meant to be, it's meant to be."

Los Angeles (81-78) moved three games over .500 for the first time this season.

"I'm proud of my guys," Kemp said. "We've battled out there these last two months to get in that position. Hopefully we can win the next two games, too."

Eveland (3-2) allowed five hits in 5 2/3 innings to snap a personal two-game losing streak and give the Dodgers their second straight win against the Diamondbacks after three straight losses in the season series.

"From 14 under (.500) to three above says a lot about the guys in that room who continue to play," Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said. "It's really a sense of pride from the standpoint of the club's still playing."

Javy Guerra, the Dodgers' sixth pitcher, pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances.

The Diamondbacks, who had won four straight, remained one game behind Milwaukee for home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Brewers lost 9-8 to Pittsburgh on Monday night.

Dee Gordon got the Dodgers off to a fast start with a leadoff double in the first. Jerry Sands then walked before Kemp hit a towering shot onto the walkway beyond the fence in center field.

"He made a mistake, a high changeup to Kemp, and that is not who you want to do it to," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "Other than that he pitched decent."

Kemp extended his modest hitting streak to 10 games and moved into fourth place on the Los Angeles season RBI chart.

The Dodgers made it 4-0 in the seventh when James Loney doubled off the center-field wall and scored on Justin Seller's single to right.

"Especially against Hudson, who's a good pitcher and has had a great year, I had assumed it was going to be a battle the whole way," Eveland said. "It ended up being that after that [the first] when he settled down."

Eveland left with the bases loaded and Josh Lindblom struck out Paul Goldschmidt to end the inning.

Goldschmidt came up the bases loaded in the eighth and struck out again. Mike MacDougal then walked pinch-hitter Geoff Blum to force home a run and trim Los Angeles' lead to 4-2, but Gerardo Parra flied out to left to end the inning.

Hudson allowed four runs and five hits in seven innings. He has dropped his last three starts.

"I was on a roll," said Hudson, who retired 15 straight batters after Kemp's home run. "I was making good pitches. It was just a couple of bad calls and one bad pitch and we are down three runs."

Notes

  • Arizona's five eighth-inning walks matched a club record reached four times previously, including July 30 in Los Angeles.
  • Sands singled in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.
  • Diamondbacks RF Justin Upton was a late scratch one day after being hit in the head with a pitch. Upton was in Gibson's original lineup but was scratched after batting practice. "I wasn't feeling 100 percent and Gibby at this point wants me 100 percent when I step on the field so there was no question asked," Upton said after the game.
  • Diamondbacks RHP Jarrod Parker, who went 11-8 for the Double-A Mobile, will make his major league debut Tuesday night against the Dodgers RHP Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda, 2-5 in 10 career games against Arizona, will be making his career-best 32nd start.
 
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Matt Kemp celebrates his NL-leading 38th HR. Kemp also leads the NL with 123 RBI and is third in BA (.324). (Getty Images)
Matt Kemp celebrates his NL-leading 38th HR. Kemp also leads the NL with 123 RBI and is third in BA (.324). (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Arizona

C. Young
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, SS4120000 .294
Jerry Sands, RF3110111 .253
Matt Kemp, CF4113022 .324
Juan Rivera, LF4000002 .261
    Nate Eovaldi, P0000000 .091
    Scott Elbert, P0000000 .000
    Mike MacDougal, P0000000 .000
    Javy Guerra, P0000000 .000
James Loney, 1B4110000 .287
Aaron Miles, 3B2000000 .278
A.J. Ellis, C3000000 .253
Justin Sellers, 2B3011000 .195
Dana Eveland, P2000020 .000
    Josh Lindblom, P0000000 .000
   a- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH1000002 .257
    Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
    Trent Oeltjen, LF0000000 .203
Totals3046415  
a-lined out for Lindblom in the 7th
Batting
2B - Dee Gordon (8, Hudson), James Loney (30, Hudson)
HR - Matt Kemp (38, Hudson)
SH - Aaron Miles (3)
RBI - Matt Kemp 3 (123), Justin Sellers (12)
CS - Aaron Miles (3, 2nd base by Shaw/Blanco)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
PB - A.J. Ellis (2)
E - Dee Gordon (10, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dana Eveland (W,3-2) 5.2500050 3.03
Josh Lindblom (H,3) 0.1000010 2.83
Matt Guerrier 1000010 3.93
Nate Eovaldi 0.1022300 3.63
Scott Elbert0000100 2.43
Mike MacDougal (H,14) 0.2000110 2.09
Javy Guerra (S,21) 1000000 1.93
Pitches-Strikes - Dana Eveland 78-49, Josh Lindblom 6-3, Matt Guerrier 10-7, Nate Eovaldi 16-3, Scott Elbert 6-2, Mike MacDougal 15-7, Javy Guerra 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dana Eveland 9-3, Matt Guerrier 1-1, Nate Eovaldi 1-0, Javy Guerra 3-1
Batters Faced - Dana Eveland 22, Josh Lindblom 1, Matt Guerrier 3, Nate Eovaldi 4, Scott Elbert 1, Mike MacDougal 3, Javy Guerra 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ryan Roberts, 3B-LF4110001 .251
Aaron Hill, 2B4100113 .246
Chris Young, CF3020110 .237
Miguel Montero, C3000114 .283
    Cole Gillespie, PR0000000 .000
    Henry Blanco, C0000000 .247
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4000036 .253
Collin Cowgill, LF3000020 .222
   a- Geoff Blum, PH-3B0001100 .213
Gerardo Parra, RF4010003 .295
John McDonald, SS4000001 .232
Daniel Hudson, P2010000 .277
    Joe Paterson, P0000000 .000
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
   b- Sean Burroughs, PH0000100 .271
    Alberto Castillo, P0000000 .000
    Bryan Shaw, P0000000 .000
   c- Lyle Overbay, PH1000001 .231
    Willie Bloomquist, PR0000000 .266
Totals3225158  
a-walked for Cowgill in the 8th
b-walked for Ziegler in the 8th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Shaw in the 9th
Batting
SH - Ryan Roberts (3)
RBI - Geoff Blum (10)
2-OUT RBI - Geoff Blum (1)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Hill-McDonald
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Daniel Hudson (L,16-12) 7544151 3.49
Joe Paterson 0.1000000 2.94
Brad Ziegler 0.2100000 2.16
Alberto Castillo 0.1000000 2.45
Bryan Shaw 0.2000000 2.54
HBP - Ellis (by Daniel Hudson), Miles (by Bryan Shaw)
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Hudson 100-74, Joe Paterson 5-3, Brad Ziegler 6-4, Alberto Castillo 2-2, Bryan Shaw 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Hudson 6-9, Brad Ziegler 1-1, Alberto Castillo 1-0, Bryan Shaw 1-0
Batters Faced - Daniel Hudson 27, Joe Paterson 1, Brad Ziegler 3, Alberto Castillo 1, Bryan Shaw 2
Game Information
Attendance - 29116
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Tom Hallion