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Kemp misses cycle as L.A. stays in hunt

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SAN DIEGO -- Matt Kemp drove the ball to and over the center field fence with authority, showing that his left shoulder is OK.

Whether the Los Angeles Dodgers can say the same about their playoff chances remains to be seen.

Kemp had four hits, falling a triple shy of the cycle, and four RBI as the Dodgers used a rare offensive outburst to beat the San Diego Padres 8-2 Wednesday to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

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Los Angeles, which has struggled for the better part of a month, entered the game tied with Milwaukee, 4½ games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card berth.

"It just feels good to get a win," Kemp said. "That's all that really matters. Right now we have to win out to at least give us a chance to make the playoffs. We can't worry who's in front of us. We just have to play our game and see where we're at at the end."

Kemp singled and scored in the first inning, hit a two-run double in the fourth and drove a two-run homer well over the fence in center in the sixth, his 20th. His four hits and four RBI tied his season highs. In 17 games against San Diego this year, he's hitting .407 with seven homers and 19 RBI.

On the disabled list twice before the All-Star break with a hamstring injury, Kemp has been bothered by an inflamed left shoulder this month.

"It kind of felt good today. I found a little something in my swing. I'm pretty good when I get good pitches to hit and have good at-bats. If I can do that, then it gives me a chance to do something for my team. I got some pretty good pitches and did my thing."

The Dodgers won for just the 13th time in 33 games since Aug. 19, the last time they were in first place in the NL West. They then went into a dive and were overhauled by the San Francisco Giants, who clinched the division title Friday night with an 8-4 win against the Padres.

Juan Rivera hit a solo homer, Nick Punto hit three singles and scored four runs, and Adrian Gonzalez hit two RBI singles.

Aaron Harang (10-10), San Diego's opening day starter in 2011, held San Diego to four singles in 5 1/3 innings, walked four and struck out three. He didn't allow a hit until Everth Cabrera beat out a single to deep shortstop with two outs in the fifth. Harang loaded the bases on three straight singles with one out in the sixth before giving way to Shawn Tolleson, who got the final two outs.

"We were able to get out early and kind of continue to score and Big Show kind of throwing zeroes," L.A. manager Don Mattingly said. "We've been able to get a run here and there earlier but we never added on. Today we were able to add on. We had some big hits early, and Matt adds on with his homer."

The Dodgers had lost each of Harang's previous five starts. They'd also lost three straight games overall to the Padres, and five of six after winning eight of the first 10 games this season.

"It's just tough to see that time of day," San Diego's Yasmani Grandal said. "It goes both ways. I was actually seeing him better today than I have in the past. WE were just hitting balls straight at guys. He was the normal Harang -- spotting up and down, throwing changeups and keeping the ball down."

Harang hit a standup double in the sixth but was thrown out trying to take third on Punto's grounder to shortstop. Kemp followed with his homer, off Anthony Bass, for an 8-0 lead.

"That was sort of April all over again," San Diego manager Bud Black said, referring to Kemp's early season success against the Padres. "The last few swings were more evident of what we saw earlier in the year."

The Dodgers jumped on Clayton Richard (14-13), who had been 5-0 in his last six starts, all won by the Padres. Richard allowed six runs, four earned, on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings, with two strikeouts and no walks.

Punto singled in the first, third and fourth innings, and scored each time.

Richard allowed four straight singles with one out in the first, with Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez each driving in a run. Gonzalez had another RBI single in the third.

Rivera, starting in right because Andre Ethier had a .143 career average against Richard, led off the fourth with a homer to left, his eighth. Matt Treanor reached on an error by left fielder Jesus Guzman. Punto singled with two outs and Kemp drove them both in with a double off the wall in center for a 6-0 lead.

San Diego's Chase Headley hit an RBI double in the seventh and Grandal followed with an RBI single.

Notes

  • Punto was in the lineup at second base because Mark Ellis was sick.
  • The Padres had won 14 of 17 at Petco Park since Aug. 19.
  • In his previous four starts at Petco Park, Richard had been 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA.
  • The series concludes Thursday night when Dodgers lefty Chris Capuano (11-11, 3.74) is scheduled to start against rookie righty Casey Kelly (2-2, 5.55).
 
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Matt Kemp falls a triple shy of the cycle and finishes with four RBI for the Dodgers, who still have a shot at a wild card. (Getty Images)
Matt Kemp falls a triple shy of the cycle and finishes with four RBI for the Dodgers, who still have a shot at a wild card. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 4
San Diego

C. Headley
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Elian Herrera, LF5000023 .242
Nick Punto, 2B5430000 .221
Matt Kemp, CF5244000 .304
    Alex Castellanos, RF0000000 .136
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5022001 .294
    Jamey Wright, P0000000 .000
Hanley Ramirez, SS5021011 .254
Luis Cruz, 3B4000001 .302
Juan Rivera, RF-1B4121002 .240
Matt Treanor, C4100011 .175
Aaron Harang, P3010011 .073
    Shawn Tolleson, P0000000 .000
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
   a- Tim Federowicz, PH0000100 .000
    Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
    Shane Victorino, CF0000000 .250
Totals40814815  
a-walked for Choate in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Kemp (20, Richard), Aaron Harang (1, Bass)
HR - Matt Kemp (20, Bass), Juan Rivera (8, Richard)
RBI - Matt Kemp 4 (64), Adrian Gonzalez 2 (106), Hanley Ramirez (91), Juan Rivera (45)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Kemp 4 (22)
Team LOB - 6
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Harang (W,10-10) 5.1400430 3.68
Shawn Tolleson 1.1222120 4.50
Randy Choate 0.1000010 3.05
Matt Guerrier 1000000 3.95
Jamey Wright 1000000 3.60
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 100-63, Shawn Tolleson 31-17, Randy Choate 4-3, Matt Guerrier 13-7, Jamey Wright 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 5-8, Shawn Tolleson 1-1, Matt Guerrier 1-2, Jamey Wright 1-2
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 24, Shawn Tolleson 7, Randy Choate 1, Matt Guerrier 3, Jamey Wright 3
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Everth Cabrera, SS3010111 .248
    Brad Boxberger, P0000000 .000
    Cory Burns, P0000000 .000
   a- John Baker, PH1000000 .239
Logan Forsythe, 2B-SS5100004 .282
Chase Headley, 3B3111101 .283
Yasmani Grandal, C4021001 .279
Yonder Alonso, 1B4010021 .275
Will Venable, RF4010010 .258
Jesus Guzman, LF3000123 .246
Cameron Maybin, CF3000104 .250
Clayton Richard, P1000000 .076
    Nick Vincent, P0000000 .000
   b- Alexi Amarista, PH1000000 .240
    Anthony Bass, P0000000 .138
   c- Andy Parrino, PH-2B1000100 .211
Totals3326256  
a-grounded out for Burns in the 9th
b-grounded out for Vincent in the 5th
c-walked for Bass in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chase Headley (29, Tolleson)
RBI - Chase Headley (109), Yasmani Grandal (31)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Headley (39), Yasmani Grandal (9)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Forsythe-Cabrera-Alonso, Forsythe-Parrino-Alonso
PB - Yasmani Grandal (7)
E - Everth Cabrera (16, Throwing), Jesus Guzman (2, Dropped line drive)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Richard (L,14-13) 3.21064021 3.91
Nick Vincent 1.1100000 1.93
Anthony Bass 2222011 4.56
Brad Boxberger 1000110 2.88
Cory Burns 1100010 5.74
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 70-51, Nick Vincent 16-10, Anthony Bass 24-17, Brad Boxberger 15-9, Cory Burns 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 5-4, Nick Vincent 2-2, Anthony Bass 4-1, Brad Boxberger 1-0, Cory Burns 1-1
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 21, Nick Vincent 5, Anthony Bass 8, Brad Boxberger 3, Cory Burns 4
Game Information
Attendance - 24818
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Marty Foster