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Instead, both players were raving about a couple of late-inning defensive plays by Jerry Hairston Jr. that helped the Los Angeles Dodgers hang on for a 4-3 victory Thursday and avoid a sweep by the Milwaukee Brewers.
"Jerry did a great job," Kemp said. "He made two amazing plays."
With the Dodgers leading by a run in the eighth, Hairston made a critical defensive play at third base with a runner on third and two outs. Hairston dove to field a sharp ground ball by Alex Gonzalez, then made a long throw to first from an awkward angle to end the inning.
Hairston then made another impressive play to start the ninth, charging a bunt and throwing out Travis Ishikawa.
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"Jerry shows why he's so valuable on those two plays," Wright said. "Wow. Saved the game for us right there. Pretty fun to watch."
Wright wasn't too bad himself, striking out five straight in the seventh and eighth innings.
"It usually takes me about two months to get that many strikeouts," Wright said. "Today was my mom's birthday. Maybe that's it."
Kemp's solo homer to lead off the fifth continued his torrid start to the season.
"I'm just doing what I'm supposed to be doing, driving in runs, trying to help my team win," Kemp said.
Javy Guerra pitched a scoreless ninth, his sixth save in seven opportunities this season.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly called it a "fairly significant" win, with his team bouncing back after two close losses.
"Really, we came in and could have got swept -- but we could have swept them just as easily," Mattingly said.
Ishikawa had a double, a single and two RBI for Milwaukee.
Ryan Braun was 0 for 11 in the three-game series against the Dodgers, striking out in his final two at-bats Thursday.
"We kind of tried to attack him for the most part," Mattingly said. "He's been swinging OK, but hasn't really hit too much power yet."
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he wasn't concerned.
"Braunie, we'll get him going soon," Roenicke said. "He's been playing a bit under the weather."
And Roenicke raved about Hairston, who played a critical role in the Brewers' playoff push in the second half of last season.
"He's a great ballplayer," Roenicke said. "I can't think of anybody that's a better utility man than him. The plays he can make defensively -- it showed this series, it showed last year."
Brewers starter Randy Wolf (0-2) went six innings, giving up four runs and seven hits with a walk, a strikeout, a hit batsman and the home run to Kemp. Wolf also helped out with his bat, hitting a sacrifice fly.
Dodgers starter Aaron Harang (1-1) also went six innings, giving up three runs and eight hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the second when Ethier hit a one-out double, Hairston was hit by a pitch and James Loney walked to load the bases. Ethier scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Treanor, but the inning ended when Harang hit into a forceout at second base.
Milwaukee answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning, starting with a pair of singles by George Kottaras and Gonzalez to set up Ishikawa's RBI double. Gonzalez then scored on a sacrifice fly by Wolf.
Los Angeles retook the lead in the third when Wolf allowed four straight singles, including RBI by Ethier and Rivera, and extended the lead to 4-2 with Kemp's solo home run to lead off the fifth.
The Brewers cut the lead to 4-3 on an RBI single by Ishikawa in the sixth.
The Dodgers threatened again in the eighth, putting runners on second and third with one out. But Kottaras caught Hairston off the bag at third and threw him out, and Treanor struck out to end the inning.
|Matt Kemp goes deep for the seventh time this season as the Dodgers bounce back after a questionable call a day earlier. (US Presswire)|
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|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Dee Gordon, SS||4||0||0||0||1||0||1||.192|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||3||1||1||0||2||0||1||.250|
|Matt Kemp, CF||5||2||2||1||0||2||2||.451|
|Juan Rivera, LF||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.268|
|Jamey Wright, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Javy Guerra, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Andre Ethier, RF||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.300|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.300|
|James Loney, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.184|
|Matt Treanor, C||3||0||1||1||0||1||1||.111|
|Aaron Harang, P||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000|
|Tony Gwynn Jr., LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.235|
|2B - Andre Ethier (5, Wolf), James Loney (3, Parra)|
|3B - Matt Treanor (1, Wolf)|
|HR - Matt Kemp (7, Wolf)|
|SF - Matt Treanor (1)|
|RBI - Matt Kemp (18), Juan Rivera (7), Andre Ethier (18), Matt Treanor (1)|
|CS - Dee Gordon (2, 2nd base by Dillard/Lucroy), Jerry Hairston Jr. (1, Home by Parra/Kottaras)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Gordon-Loney|
|E - Dee Gordon (4, Misplayed grounder), Matt Treanor (1, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Aaron Harang (W,1-1)||6||8||3||3||1||4||0||5.40|
|Jamey Wright (H,1)||2||0||0||0||1||5||0||2.08|
|Javy Guerra (S,6)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.45|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 108-71, Jamey Wright 35-19, Javy Guerra 10-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 4-10, Jamey Wright 1-0, Javy Guerra 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 27, Jamey Wright 7, Javy Guerra 3|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||2||0||.200|
|Nyjer Morgan, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.139|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.261|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||3||1||2||0||1||1||0||.174|
|Corey Hart, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.275|
|George Kottaras, C||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.400|
|Carlos Gomez, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.310|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.229|
|Travis Ishikawa, 1B||4||0||2||2||0||1||0||.182|
|Randy Wolf, P||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Mat Gamel, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.273|
|Kameron Loe, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Manny Parra, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tim Dillard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Aoki Norichika, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.300|
|a-struck out for Wolf in the 6th|
|b-struck out for Dillard in the 9th|
|2B - Travis Ishikawa (1, Harang)|
|SF - Randy Wolf (1)|
|RBI - Travis Ishikawa 2 (2), Randy Wolf (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Travis Ishikawa (1)|
|SB - Carlos Gomez (3, 3rd base off Wright/Treanor)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Randy Wolf (L,0-2)||6||7||4||4||1||1||1||8.80|
|HBP - Hairston (by Randy Wolf)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 99-57, Kameron Loe 13-6, Manny Parra 23-13, Tim Dillard 11-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 9-8, Kameron Loe 2-1, Manny Parra 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 27, Kameron Loe 4, Manny Parra 6, Tim Dillard 2|
|Attendance - 30091|
|Game Time - 2:59|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Mike DiMuro|