LA-Cincinnati: Matt Kemp Provides GW RBI in 3-2 Dodgers' Win

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LA-Cincinnati: Matt Kemp Provides GW RBI in 3-2 Dodgers' Win

The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw was locked up in an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel with Bronson Arroyo of the Cincinnati Reds, but the two worked to a stalemate and the game carried into 12 innings.

In the top of the 12th, Matt Kemp lifted a sacrifice fly to put the Dodgers (78-53) in front of the Reds (56-73) for good, 3-2.

The fly scored Manny Ramirez, who pinch-hit in the eighth and eventually led off the 12th with a walk.

Ramirez would motor to third on a Juan Castro double, forcing the Reds to intentionally walk Andre Ethier to load the bases.

The walk set the stage for Kemp, who homered earlier in the day, to drive home his career high 85th run of the year.

Jonathan Broxton came in for the save in the bottom of the frame, and issued two walks to allow the winning run to reach base.

But Broxton struck out the final two batters of the game, displaying a 100-plus MPH fastball and a 92 MPH slider to boot in earning his 29th save of the season.

Kershaw, the 21-year old southpaw, struck out 11 batters and walked only two in seven dominant innings.

Both walks came in his seventh and final inning of work.

The lone mistake of the afternoon came when Darnell McDonald took Kershaw deep in the second inning, a two-run shot that staked a 2-0 lead for the Reds.

Kershaw stayed true to form and allowed only four hits, as he entered the game leading the Majors in opponents average against (.204).

Arroyo took a no-hitter into the fifth, an inning where the Dodgers’ scored twice to even the game at 2-2.

Kemp leadoff the fifth inning with a long home run to left center field.

Kemp unloaded on the offering and landed it high into the bleachers in left center field, his 21st homer of the season and second in as many days.

He is hitting .315 this season, good for seventh in the Senior Circuit.

Casey Blake singled to follow the Kemp home run, and three batters later he came home on a Kershaw RBI single.

Not only did the single tie the game, but it also took Kershaw off the hook for a loss.

He earned a no decision and is now winless in his last eight starts, going 0-2 despite a 2.91 ERA (15 ER/46.1 IP).

The clubs exchanged zeros from the fourth until the 12th when Kemp plated the winning run.

 

 

 

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WP: McDonald (4-3)

LP: Cordero (2-4)

SV: Broxton (29)

 

Notes from Sunday afternoon

 

20/20 Club

With his home run yesterday, Matt Kemp became the eighth Dodger in franchise history and first since Shawn Green in 2001 to hit 20 homers and steal 20 bases in a single-season.

 

PJ Ross is a Featured Columnist for the Los Angeles Dodgers 

 

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