Matt Kemp hit a clutch three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, accounting for all the Dodgers’ offense, and leading them to a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the win, the Dodgers are tied with the D-backs for first place, with the Rockies 0.5 games behind.
Clayton Kershaw pitched seven innings, allowing two earned runs (two solo homers) on four hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Kershaw’s only mistakes were the home runs he allowed to Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker. Other than that the homers and a sixth-inning jam, Kershaw was dominant.
Last year, the Dodgers had a ton of come-from-behind wins. This year, the Dodgers have struggled in games where they’re trailing. They’ve also had trouble collecting hits with runners in scoring position. But with two men on and one out in the eighth, Kemp was the right man.
Kemp is known as a fastball hitter, but when he got a slider in his wheelhouse, he crushed it. He hit it about five rows deep into the center field section of the left field pavilion.
Kenley Jansen came on in the top of the ninth, trying to close the game and get his 34th save of the year. He got some help from Kiké Hernández, who made a terrific diving play to get the first out of the inning. Jansen recorded the save, getting Ketel Marte to pop out with a man on second base.
The Dodgers will try to take sole possession of first place on Sunday afternoon in the series finale. Walker Buehler will take the mound for the Dodgers against Clay Buchholz. Buehler struggled in his last start, lasting only four innings against the Rangers. Buchholz has a 2.07 ERA with a 1.02 WHIP this year. The game will begin at 1:10pm.