Kemp drives in 4, Dodgers avoid sweep, beat Rockies 6-4

LOS ANGELES (AP) Matt Kemp wasn't supposed to last long in his return to Los Angeles. He was tabbed as trade bait after arriving from Atlanta in exchange for a salary dump by the Dodgers.

The 33-year-old slugger has made himself at home again in a hurry.

Kemp got three hits and drove in four runs, including a go-ahead homer leading off the eighth inning that rallied the Dodgers past the Colorado Rockies 6-4 on Sunday to prevent a sweep and end a three-game skid.

Kemp is on track to earn his third All-Star nod and first since 2012. He's the second-leading vote-getter, ahead of Washington's Bryce Harper, among NL outfielders.

''That's what the All-Star Game is, having a good first half,'' Kemp said. ''My real focus is trying to get to the playoffs and win a championship, something I've never done.''

Kemp was 1 for 6 in the first two games of the series, which the Dodgers lost by identical scores of 3-1. He has been solid in his last 14 games against Colorado, batting .438 with 11 RBIs.

''He showed in spring training he was in shape and was hitting from the start,'' Dodgers starter Ross Stripling said.

Kemp sent his 14th homer of the season over the center-field wall off Adam Ottavino (4-2) to put Los Angeles ahead 5-4. It was the Dodgers' first homer of July after they hit a major league-leading and franchise-record 55 in June.

One out later, Yasiel Puig doubled. Joc Pederson followed and reached on an infield single to second that DJ LeMahieu dived to stop. Puig made a heads-up baserunning play when he scored an insurance run after taking an extra base on Pederson's hit.

Puig took advantage of LeMahieu's soft throw from his knees to first baseman Ian Desmond.

''DJ slipped,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''If DJ wanted to do it over again he would probably give a firmer throw to Desmond to get it back in.''

Puig hopped back and forth before taking off for the plate, sliding belly first. He got up and swung his arms in wild celebration with the Dodgers ahead 6-4.

''I do my crazy move and score,'' Puig said. ''I said in my mind, `He's not going to throw me out, I'm going home.' Not too many players who score from third base in that situation.''

Kemp agreed, saying, ''Everyone is living right.''

Kemp drove in the Dodgers' first three runs with an RBI groundout in the first, a double in the third and a single in the fifth.

Daniel Hudson (3-2) went one inning. Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his 22nd save.

Nolan Arenado hit his team-leading 21st homer and had an RBI grounder, helping the Rockies take a 4-2 lead in the fifth.

Rockies starter Chad Bettis was pulled after three innings because of fluid underneath a callus on his right middle finger. The right-hander allowed two runs and three hits, struck out two and walked two in his shortest outing of the season.

''It is really painful,'' Bettis said. ''It is kind of something that is a little bit of a mental block trying to battle through that pain. I felt like it got to the point where I really needed to say something.''

Stripling gave up four runs and a season-high nine hits in six innings. The right-hander struck out seven and walked one.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: RHP Bryan Shaw (right calf strain) will throw a bullpen session on Monday and simulated game on Wednesday. He is working on mechanics with his delivery and more consistent pitch locations.

UP NEXT

Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (7-6, 3.29 ERA) makes his second straight start against the Giants on Monday in the home opener of a three-game set. He is 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA at Coors Field in his career against them.

Dodgers: LHP Alex Wood (4-5, 4.00) starts on Monday in the opener of a three-game series against the Pirates. In eight games (seven starts) against them, Wood is 2-2 with a 2.86 ERA.

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  • W: D. Hudson (3-2)L: A. Ottavino (4-2)S: K. Jansen (22)
  • HR: COL - N. Arenado (21), LAD - M. Kemp (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. LeMahieu 2B51100020.274.324.433.7561.0
G. Parra LF41200000.305.342.424.7664.0
N. Arenado 3B31121102.306.391.593.9838.0
C. Gonzalez RF41100002.267.318.433.7512.0
T. Story SS40210000.276.341.522.8634.0
I. Desmond 1B40110021.217.294.441.7341.0
R. Tapia CF30000122.000.250.000.2500.0
T. Murphy C40100032.304.319.413.732-0.5
C. Bettis P10000012.100.156.100.256-0.5
a- P. Valaika PH10000000.127.188.215.4030.0
C. Rusin P10000001.333.333.333.6670.0
S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Blackmon PH10000000.270.347.457.8040.0
  • a-popped out for Bettis in the 4th
  • b-flied out for Dunn in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Taylor SS31000020.247.331.447.7791.0
M. Muncy 2B22200200.273.416.6081.0246.0
J. Turner 3B31000114.256.353.419.7721.5
M. Kemp LF41341001.310.348.541.88912.0
K. Jansen P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Bellinger 1B40010013.236.319.476.7960.5
Y. Puig RF41100001.256.322.436.7583.0
J. Pederson CF-LF40300000.268.348.546.8953.0
A. Barnes C30100022.217.340.271.611-1.0
a- Y. Grandal PH-C10100000.230.319.422.7411.0
R. Stripling P20000002.091.091.091.1820.0
b- L. Forsythe PH10000010.203.253.304.557-0.5
S. Alexander P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Hudson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- C. Utley PH0000-000.225.304.325.000-
d- E. Hernandez PH-CF10000002.236.314.483.7970.0
  • a-singled for Barnes in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Stripling in the 6th
  • c-announced for Hudson in the 8th
  • d-popped out for Utley in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Parra (14), T. Story (23)
  • HR - N. Arenado (21)
  • RBI - N. Arenado 2 (59), T. Story (59), I. Desmond (48)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Story (35)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Kemp (17), Y. Puig (15), J. Pederson (15)
  • HR - M. Kemp (14)
  • RBI - M. Kemp 4 (51), C. Bellinger (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Kemp (12)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Pederson (3), A. Barnes
FIELDING
  • DP - (Arenado-LeMahieu-Desmond)
  • E - G. Parra (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Stripling-Muncy-Bellinger)
  • PB - A. Barnes
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Bettis3.02222205.101.404.0
C. Rusin2.14211206.381.501.0
S. Oberg1.21000203.481.163.0
A. Ottavino (L, 4-2)0.14220111.880.91-10.5
M. Dunn0.20000008.642.220.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Bettis3.0
C. Rusin2.1
S. Oberg1.2
A. Ottavino (L, 4-2)0.1
M. Dunn0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Stripling6.09441712.271.127.5
S. Alexander1.00001003.931.392.0
D. Hudson (W, 3-2)1.00000103.551.3310.5
K. Jansen (S, 22)1.00000202.310.9011.0
PITCHERSIP
R. Stripling6.0
S. Alexander1.0
D. Hudson (W, 3-2)1.0
K. Jansen (S, 22)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Bettis (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bettis 58-30, C. Rusin 43-29, S. Oberg 18-10, A. Ottavino 22-14, M. Dunn 7-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bettis 4-3, C. Rusin 3-2, S. Oberg 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Bettis 14, C. Rusin 12, S. Oberg 4, A. Ottavino 5, M. Dunn
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Stripling (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stripling 92-59, S. Alexander 16-8, D. Hudson 8-8, K. Jansen 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stripling 9-1, S. Alexander 3-0, D. Hudson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Stripling 27, S. Alexander 4, D. Hudson 3, K. Jansen 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. LeMahieu 2B51100020.274.324.433.7561.0
G. Parra LF41200000.305.342.424.7664.0
N. Arenado 3B31121102.306.391.593.9838.0
C. Gonzalez RF41100002.267.318.433.7512.0
T. Story SS40210000.276.341.522.8634.0
I. Desmond 1B40110021.217.294.441.7341.0
R. Tapia CF30000122.000.250.000.2500.0
T. Murphy C40100032.304.319.413.732-0.5
C. Bettis P10000012.100.156.100.256-0.5
a- P. Valaika PH10000000.127.188.215.4030.0
C. Rusin P10000001.333.333.333.6670.0
S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Blackmon PH10000000.270.347.457.8040.0
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  • a-popped out for Bettis in the 4th
  • b-flied out for Dunn in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Taylor SS31000020.247.331.447.7791.0
M. Muncy 2B22200200.273.416.6081.0246.0
J. Turner 3B31000114.256.353.419.7721.5
M. Kemp LF41341001.310.348.541.88912.0
K. Jansen P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Bellinger 1B40010013.236.319.476.7960.5
Y. Puig RF41100001.256.322.436.7583.0
J. Pederson CF-LF40300000.268.348.546.8953.0
A. Barnes C30100022.217.340.271.611-1.0
a- Y. Grandal PH-C10100000.230.319.422.7411.0
R. Stripling P20000002.091.091.091.1820.0
b- L. Forsythe PH10000010.203.253.304.557-0.5
S. Alexander P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Hudson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- C. Utley PH0000-000.225.304.325.000-
d- E. Hernandez PH-CF10000002.236.314.483.7970.0
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  • a-singled for Barnes in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Stripling in the 6th
  • c-announced for Hudson in the 8th
  • d-popped out for Utley in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Parra (14), T. Story (23)
  • HR - N. Arenado (21)
  • RBI - N. Arenado 2 (59), T. Story (59), I. Desmond (48)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Story (35)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Kemp (17), Y. Puig (15), J. Pederson (15)
  • HR - M. Kemp (14)
  • RBI - M. Kemp 4 (51), C. Bellinger (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Kemp (12)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Pederson (3), A. Barnes
FIELDING
  • DP - (Arenado-LeMahieu-Desmond)
  • E - G. Parra (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Stripling-Muncy-Bellinger)
  • PB - A. Barnes
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Bettis3.02222205.101.404.0
C. Rusin2.14211206.381.501.0
S. Oberg1.21000203.481.163.0
A. Ottavino (L, 4-2)0.14220111.880.91-10.5
M. Dunn0.20000008.642.220.0
Total8.01165371---
PITCHERSIP
C. Bettis3.0
C. Rusin2.1
S. Oberg1.2
A. Ottavino (L, 4-2)0.1
M. Dunn0.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Stripling6.09441712.271.127.5
S. Alexander1.00001003.931.392.0
D. Hudson (W, 3-2)1.00000103.551.3310.5
K. Jansen (S, 22)1.00000202.310.9011.0
Total9.09442101---
PITCHERSIP
R. Stripling6.0
S. Alexander1.0
D. Hudson (W, 3-2)1.0
K. Jansen (S, 22)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Bettis (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bettis 58-30, C. Rusin 43-29, S. Oberg 18-10, A. Ottavino 22-14, M. Dunn 7-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bettis 4-3, C. Rusin 3-2, S. Oberg 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Bettis 14, C. Rusin 12, S. Oberg 4, A. Ottavino 5, M. Dunn
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Stripling (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stripling 92-59, S. Alexander 16-8, D. Hudson 8-8, K. Jansen 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stripling 9-1, S. Alexander 3-0, D. Hudson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Stripling 27, S. Alexander 4, D. Hudson 3, K. Jansen 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Pederson reached on an infield single to second, Puig scored46
    Kemp homered to center45
  • 5TH INNING
    Bellinger grounded out to second, Turner scored, Kemp to third44
    Kemp singled to left, Muncy scored, Turner to third, Kemp to second on left fielder Parra fielding error43
    Arenado homered to center42
  • 3RD INNING
    Kemp doubled to deep left, Muncy scored32
    Story doubled to deep right, Parra scored31
    Arenado grounded out to shortstop, LeMahieu scored21
  • 2ND INNING
    Desmond grounded out to first, Gonzalez scored, Story to third11
  • 1ST INNING
    Kemp grounded out to first, Taylor scored, Muncy to third01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kenley Jansen pitching
    • T. Murphy: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • Charlie Blackmon hit for Mike Dunn
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon flied out to right
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Daniel Hudson relieved Scott Alexander
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike looking, Story flied out to deep left
    • I. Desmond: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • R. Tapia: Tapia grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Adam Ottavino relieved Scott Oberg
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Kemp homered to center
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Puig doubled to left
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pederson reached on an infield single to second, Puig scored
    • Yasmani Grandal hit for Austin Barnes
    • Y. Grandal: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Grandal singled to center, Pederson to third
    • Chase Utley hit for Daniel Hudson
    • Mike Dunn relieved Adam Ottavino
    • Enrique Hernandez hit for Chase Utley
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Hernandez popped out to third
    • C. Taylor: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pederson picked off at home, pitcher to first
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Scott Alexander pitching
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Parra: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Parra grounded out to second
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Arenado out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Oberg Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Muncy singled to right
    • J. Turner: Ball, Ball, Turner grounded into double play third to second to first, Muncy out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • R. Stripling Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
    • T. Murphy: Ball, Murphy singled to left
    • C. Rusin: Strike looking, Ball, Rusin grounded into fielder's choice to second, Murphy out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Rusin Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pederson grounded out to first
    • A. Barnes: Barnes reached on bunt single to shortstop
    • Logan Forsythe hit for Ross Stripling
    • Scott Oberg relieved Chris Rusin
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike swinging, Barnes caught stealing, catcher to second, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • R. Stripling Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Parra grounded out to first
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Arenado homered to center
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to third
    • T. Story: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Story grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Rusin Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
    • M. Muncy: Muncy singled to center
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner walked, Muncy to second
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Kemp singled to left, Muncy scored, Turner to third, Kemp to second on left fielder Parra fielding error
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Bellinger grounded out to second, Turner scored, Kemp to third
    • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Puig lined out to left
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • R. Stripling Pitching:
    • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • Pat Valaika hit for Chad Bettis
    • P. Valaika: Ball, Valaika popped out to second
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Chris Rusin pitching
    • Y. Puig: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Puig fouled out to catcher
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pederson doubled to deep right
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Barnes struck out looking
    • R. Stripling: Foul, Strike swinging, Stripling grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • R. Stripling Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu singled to left
    • G. Parra: Ball, Parra doubled to left center, LeMahieu to third
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado grounded out to shortstop, LeMahieu scored
    • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Parra to third on wild pitch, Gonzalez grounded out to first
    • T. Story: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Story doubled to deep right, Parra scored
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Desmond reached on an infield single to shortstop, Story to third
    • R. Tapia: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Taylor flied out to center
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Muncy walked
    • J. Turner: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • M. Kemp: Foul, Kemp doubled to deep left, Muncy scored
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bellinger grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • R. Stripling Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez singled to right center
    • T. Story: Strike (foul tip), Story singled to deep left, Gonzalez to third, Story to second
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Desmond grounded out to first, Gonzalez scored, Story to third
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Tapia walked
    • T. Murphy: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Tapia to second on passed ball
    • C. Bettis: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bettis struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Puig flied out to deep center
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pederson singled to shallow left
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Barnes struck out swinging
    • R. Stripling: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Stripling grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • R. Stripling Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Parra singled to left
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Arenado grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Parra out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Taylor hit by pitch
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Muncy walked, Taylor to second
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Turner flied out to deep center, Taylor to third, Muncy to second
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Kemp grounded out to first, Taylor scored, Muncy to third
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Bellinger grounded out to first
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)