Recap: Los Angeles vs. Atlanta
07/30/2014 2:20 AM
07/31/2014 2:29 AM
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - For the second straight night, Matt Kemp boosted the Dodgers into the victory column.
Kemp's base hit scored Justin Turner in the 10th inning to lift Los Angeles to a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.
He also homered in the second inning and scored LA's other run in the eighth on Juan Uribe's infield single.
A night earlier, Kemp delivered a pair of two-run homers, including one that capped a three-run seventh inning in an 8-4 win.
Kenley Jansen's 13-game scoreless streak came to an end when Justin Upton crushed a hanging breaking ball well over the wall in left for a solo homer to tie the game in the ninth inning.
Atlanta had a base-running blunder in the 10th that proved costly when Jordan Schafer was picked off second. B.J. Upton, who had struck out in all four previous at-bats Wednesday and six straight times overall, then drew a walk and stole second base. Tommy La Stella, though, struck out to cap the frame against J.P. Howell.
Turner hit for Howell (3-3) in the bottom half and singled to center before advancing to second on a wild pitch. Kemp then singled sharply to left off David Hale (3-3) and the throw home was wide, giving the NL West leaders their season-high fifth straight win and a three-game lead on San Francisco in the division.
"I'm getting pitches to hit, I'm being more selective," Kemp said. "To help the team win a game is a great feeling."
Zack Greinke piled up 13 strikeouts, his most as a Dodger, and gave up five hits and a run over eight innings.
"It was a good game all-around," Greinke said. "I was locating pretty good. I had a good game plan. A lot of stuff came together tonight."
Atlanta starter Alex Wood fanned eight and allowed six hits over seven frames.
"Alex made great pitches against a tough lineup," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Justin got us back in the game. We had opportunities. Matt Kemp is still a great player and he's dangerous at the plate."
Evan Gattis doubled in the second inning and scored later in the frame when Andrelton Simmons legged out an infield hit that caromed off the glove of second baseman Dee Gordon.
Kemp homered to center leading off the bottom of the inning and LA moved to a 2-1 lead in the eighth. Kemp walked with two outs and Carl Crawford singled. Uribe then hit a hopper up the middle that was snuffed out in shallow center by Simmons, but Kemp was able to score from second. Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier struck out swinging with the bases full.
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