Kemp’s Effort Heroic


When baseball historians judge Matt Kemp’s 2011 season, it will be viewed as other-worldly.

The first-time All-Star center fielder has rocked 26 homers, with 82 runs batted in, 28 steals and a .317 batting average, but can’t do it alone as the Dodgers (48-59) continue to wallow.

This past weekend, Arizona won two of three from the host Dodgers including Sunday’s 6-3 win as Gerardo Parra bashed a solo homer in the second inning and a two-run blast in the eighth.

Andre Ethier had four hits and Kemp two for the Blue Crew, which fell behind 6-1 heading to the bottom of the eighth.

Justin Upton’s three-run double in the sixth on Saturday was the game-breaker and pushed the Diamondbacks to a 6-4 win. Kemp’s two-run shot in the third gave the Dodgers a 3-1 edge.

Kemp had five RBIs on Friday as the Dodgers were 9-5 winners over Arizona. Kemp rifled a three-run shot in the third, and a two-run single in the fourth.

Ethier contributed three hits and had an RBI with a run scored for the Dodgers who were in front 3-1 after three, before tacking on two in the fourth, a run in the sixth and three in the seventh.

Ted Lilly (7-10) left after five innings and allowed three hits with three runs (two earned).

Colorado’s Aaron Cook (2-5) waltzed through seven shutout frames while giving up six hits as the visiting Rockies triumphed 3-1 on Wednesday.

Hiroki Kuroda (6-13) was the hard-luck loser despite being touched for one run (earned) in six innings.

Troy Tulowitzki (three hits with a run) drove in two for Colorado, which tallied single runs in the fifth, seventh and ninth. Meanwhile, the Dodgers’ Rod Barajas homered in the ninth.

It’s rare when Clayton Kershaw doesn’t have his best stuff. He didn’t Tuesday, but still went six and two-third innings as the Dodgers posted a 3-2 win.

Kershaw (12-4) walked two and struck out six while allowing eight hits and two runs (earned).

Kemp drove in two with a double in the fourth, and scored on Juan Rivera’s sacrifice fly.

The Dodgers out-hit Colorado 12-5, and were in front 3-1 after three, 5-1 through six, and held on for an 8-5 win on Monday.

Ethier singled and homered (10th) with three RBIs and two runs. Aaron Miles (two hits) scored a run and had two RBIs.

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