Dodgers win fifth-straight
LOS ANGELES—Matt Kemp suddenly has found his power—and it’s helping keep the L.A. Dodgers atop the NL West.
Kemp singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, after homering in consecutive games for the first time in more than a year, as the Dodgers edged the Atlanta Braves 3-2 last night for their season-best fifth straight victory.
L.A. leads San Francisco by three games.
Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 13 and departed with the lead, but didn’t factor in the decision.
He is 14-3 at Dodger Stadium, with a 2.27 ERA in 23 home starts with the team.
“All the pitches were working,” Greinke said. “A lot of stuff came together.”
Kemp scored the Dodgers’ first two runs of the game, including his 11th homer leading off the second.
“He’s been swinging the bat pretty well now,” Greinke said of Kemp.
“The biggest difference is the power that comes with it,” he noted. “The past week the ball’s been driven.
“It’s pretty exciting to see.”
Kemp notched his ninth career walk-off hit—but first since July 18, 2012 against Philadelphia.
He also hadn’t homered in consecutive games since last July.
“It’s a great feeling knowing you helped the team win a game,” Kemp said.
Pinch-hitter Justin Turner singled to open the 10th, then took second on a wild pitch by David Hale (3-3).
Kemp followed with the winning single to left.
J.P. Howell (3-3) got the win in relief, walking two and striking out one in one inning.
The Braves had tied the game 2-2 on Justin Upton’s home run off closer Kenley Jansen leading off the ninth.
“As soon as it left my hand, I just prayed for Justin not to hit it,” Jansen said.
Upton’s three hits tied a season high.
But Upton’s brother, B.J., struck out four times.
Elsewhere in the NL, New York dumped Philadelphia 11-2, Arizona edged Cincinnati 5-4, Washington nipped Miami 4-3, San Francisco topped Pittsburgh 7-5, Colorado beat Chicago 6-4 (10 innings), and San Diego bombed St. Louis 12-1.
Milwaukee blanked Tampa Bay 5-0 in interleague play.