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Dodgers rout Diamondbacks, on brink of NL West title

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- Matt Kemp is back and knocking the baseball all over the park, just in time to help the Los Angeles Dodgers clinch the NL West and look for even better things ahead.

One day after coming off the disabled list, Kemp went 4 for 4 with two doubles and three RBI on Tuesday night and the Dodgers routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-3.

The Dodgers, who once languished in last place 9½ games out, snapped a four-game skid and can clinch the division title by beating Arizona on Wednesday night.

"It feels good to just be able to be here with the team and be able to go out there and run out with them and compete with them and do all that, " Kemp said. "I missed baseball, man. I haven't been able to play in a while, so it feels good, you know the crowd, to hear all that, it's a good feeling."

Greinke (15-3) allowed two runs on six hits in six innings to improve to 7-0 in his past nine starts.

The Dodgers seemed to downplay being so close to the NL West title.

Winning the division, Greinke said, is "nice but it's not really the special part."

"Something special would be winning in the playoffs or the World Series," he said.

Patrick Corbin (14-7) gave up six runs on seven hits in two innings plus three batters, his shortest outing of the year. After starting the season 12-1, Corbin is 2-6 in his past 10 starts and there has been speculation he could be shut down for the remainder of the season.

"We haven't had that conversation yet," manager Kirk Gibson said. "The game just got over, [general manager] Kevin [Towers] is not here. I have talked to him but we will see how Patrick feels. He didn't throw a lot of pitches tonight. He just didn't have his good stuff."

Aaron Hill hit a solo home run for the Diamondbacks.

Hanley Ramirez, who had missed the previous four games with a sore back, reached base four times with a single and three walks and scored three runs.

Mark Ellis and Ramirez got the Dodgers going with consecutive one-out singles in the first. Gonzalez popped out, but Kemp lashed a two-out double to right to bring home both runs. Uribe followed with his 12th home run of the season, a two-run shot to left made it 4-0.

Corbin retired the side in order in the second but walked Ramirez to start the third. Then on an 0-2 pitch, Gonzalez hit a soaring home run into the right field seats, his 21st home run of the season, and the Dodgers were up 6-0.

Kemp's double off the center-field wall ended Corbin's brief but rough night.

"That's me," Kemp said, "driving the ball to center field, that's what I do. To be able to do that, especially the first game back, that's a pretty good sign."

Kemp had been sidelined since July 21 with a left ankle sprain. He struck out as a pinch hitter to end Monday night's 2-1 loss. Manager Don Mattingly had said that until Kemp showed he could run well enough, pinch hitting would be his role. Kemp showed enough in a simulated game earlier Tuesday to get him back in the lineup.

"He swung the bat good," Mattingly said. "I thought he looked good in the outfield, too, just turning, a couple of plays he ended up backpedaling and stuff. It looked like he was pretty easy out there."

Kemp's RBI single off Matt Langwell in the fourth put the Dodgers up 8-0.

Arizona scratched out a run in the fourth when Paul Goldschmidt and Eric Chavez led off with singles. Goldschmidt scored from third when Martin Prado grounded into a fielder's choice.

Hill's leadoff home run in the sixth cut the lead to 8-2.

Michael Young tripled home Ramirez with the Dodgers' ninth run in the eighth.

The Dodgers won't have Clayton Kershaw on the mound Wednesday night as had been scheduled. Mattingly said before the game that Kershaw has been pushed back three days and will start Saturday in San Diego to give him some added rest.

Right-hander Stephen Fife (4-3, 3.38 ERA) will start in what the Dodgers hope will be the clincher on Wednesday.

Notes

Fife will be making his 10th start of the season. RHP Brandon McCarthy (4-9, 4.58) will go for the Diamondbacks... All 16 Diamondbacks position players appeared in the game. ... Arizona LH reliever Matt Reynolds says he will undergo "Tommy John" elbow surgery early next week. ... Greinke is 2-0 in three starts against Arizona this season. Before that, he was 0-3 in five starts against the Diamondbacks. ... Yasiel Puig, batting leadoff, was 0 for 5.

 
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Matt Kemp and Juan Uribe, celebrating Uribe's first-inning home run, combine for four extra-base hits and five RBI.  (USATSI)
Matt Kemp and Juan Uribe, celebrating Uribe's first-inning home run, combine for four extra-base hits and five RBI. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Arizona

A. Hill
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Yasiel Puig, RF5000010 .331
Mark Ellis, 2B5221010 .273
Hanley Ramirez, SS2310310 .343
   Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
   Paco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3112004 .292
   Michael Young, 1B2011000 .279
Matt Kemp, CF4143000 .275
   Skip Schumaker, PR-CF1000001 .270
Juan Uribe, 3B5122011 .274
Scott Van Slyke, LF2010301 .250
A.J. Ellis, C5000017 .234
Zack Greinke, P2100111 .327
   a-Jerry Hairston Jr., PH1000003 .225
   J.P. Howell, P0000000 .000
   Nick Punto, SS1000001 .258
Totals38912976  
a-lined out for Greinke in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Kemp 2 (14, Corbin), Juan Uribe (18, Bell)
3B - Michael Young (5, De La Rosa)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (21, Corbin), Juan Uribe (12, Corbin)
RBI - Mark Ellis (45), Adrian Gonzalez 2 (97), Michael Young (45), Matt Kemp 3 (30), Juan Uribe 2 (48)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Young (15), Matt Kemp 3 (13), Juan Uribe 2 (18)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Ellis-H. Ramirez-Young, Ellis-H. Ramirez-Young-Ellis-Punto-Young
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke (W,15-3) 6622151 2.75
J.P. Howell 1100000 2.15
Ronald Belisario 0.2111100 3.46
Paco Rodriguez 0.1000000 2.24
Kenley Jansen 1000200 1.98
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 107-75, J.P. Howell 16-10, Ronald Belisario 14-8, Paco Rodriguez 2-1, Kenley Jansen 20-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 8-5, J.P. Howell 1-1, Ronald Belisario 2-0, Paco Rodriguez 1-0, Kenley Jansen 1-1
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 25, J.P. Howell 3, Ronald Belisario 4, Paco Rodriguez 1, Kenley Jansen 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF-RF5010002 .259
Aaron Hill, 2B3121000 .300
   a-Cliff Pennington, PH-2B1110000 .238
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B3120001 .303
   b-Matt Davidson, PH-3B0000100 .220
Eric Chavez, 3B-1B4010013 .286
Martin Prado, LF3001013 .277
   c-Willie Bloomquist, PH-LF1001000 .333
Miguel Montero, C3000112 .240
Gerardo Parra, RF2000001 .265
   Tony Sipp, P0000000 .000
   d-Wil Nieves, PH1000012 .298
   Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
   Eury De La Rosa, P0000000 .000
   J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
   e-Tuffy Gosewisch, PH1000000 .206
Didi Gregorius, SS2000000 .259
   f-Chris Owings, PH-SS1000100 .250
Patrick Corbin, P0000000 .127
   Matt Langwell, P1000000 .000
   Chaz Roe, P0000000 .000
   g-Tony Campana, PH-CF1000010 .293
   h-A.J. Pollock, PH-CF1010100 .257
Totals3338345  
a-doubled for Hill in the 8th
b-walked for Goldschmidt in the 8th
c-grounded out for Prado in the 8th
d-struck out for Sipp in the 6th
e-popped out for Putz in the 9th
f-lined out for Gregorius in the 7th
g-struck out for Roe in the 5th
h-singled for Campana in the 7th
Batting
2B - Cliff Pennington (12, Belisario), Paul Goldschmidt (32, Greinke)
HR - Aaron Hill (11, Greinke)
RBI - Aaron Hill (40), Martin Prado (75), Willie Bloomquist (13)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Adam Eaton 1
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Patrick Corbin (L,14-7) 2766112 3.17
Matt Langwell 2222200 4.35
Chaz Roe 1000130 3.12
Tony Sipp 1000010 3.96
Heath Bell 1200100 4.35
Eury De La Rosa 1111110 4.61
J.J. Putz 1000100 2.35
WP - Patrick Corbin (13)
Pitches-Strikes - Patrick Corbin 49-32, Matt Langwell 31-19, Chaz Roe 20-13, Tony Sipp 15-9, Heath Bell 25-13, Eury De La Rosa 21-13, J.J. Putz 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Patrick Corbin 2-3, Matt Langwell 3-2, Heath Bell 1-2, Eury De La Rosa 2-0, J.J. Putz 1-2
Batters Faced - Patrick Corbin 14, Matt Langwell 9, Chaz Roe 4, Tony Sipp 3, Heath Bell 6, Eury De La Rosa 5, J.J. Putz 4
Game Information
Attendance - 26304
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 102
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Andy Fletcher