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Kemp’s Homer Helps Dodgers Even Series

Kemp’s Homer Helps Dodgers Even Series

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Despite giving up a late lead for the second straight night, Matt Kemp's eighth inning home run lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night. The victory helped the Dodgers even the best-of-five series at one game apiece before it shifts to St. Louis on Monday.

Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead in the third when Dee Gordon ground out to second, plating A.J. Ellis before Zack Greinke scored on an Adrian Gonzalez single. Greinke seemingly was in control while on the hill, tossing seven scoreless innings and giving up just two hits.

Manager Don Mattingly went to his bullpen in the eighth and J.P. Howell gave up a game-tying, two-run homer to Matt Carpenter. The Cardinals jubilation was short lived as Kemp led off the bottom of the inning with his go-ahead blast off Pat Neshek.

"He tried to get me with a couple of sliders," Kemp said. "I laid off some tough ones that were close on the plate, but he left one just out on the plate that I could do something with and I put a good swing on it."

After falling 10-9 in Game One, the Dodgers now travel to St. Louis with the series tied an Hyun-Jin Ryu pitching against John Lackey in Game Three.

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Matt Kemp Leads the Dodgers Past the Braves 3-2 in 10 Innings

Matt Kemp Leads the Dodgers Past the Braves 3-2 in 10 Innings

Christian Peterson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- As trade rumors get hotter, so has the bat of Matt Kemp.

The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder hit another home run Wednesday night and also had the game winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning to give his team a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.

Kemp's name has been the subject of numerous trade rumors, but the talks have seemed to fuel his production at the plate.

"It's a great feeling knowing you helped the team win a game," he said. "We're pretty confident every day. It feels good to be in position to score a run or take that extra base. I'm not as fast as I want to be, but it's coming."

Over the last 10 games, Kemp has raised his batting average from .265 to .288 and is starting to revert back to his All-Star form.

With the win, the Dodgers now hold a three game lead over the San Francisco Giants for first place in the NL West; the Braves now trail the Washington Nationals by 1.5 games in the NL East.

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Report: Dodgers’ Matt Kemp Open to Being Traded

Report: Dodgers’ Matt Kemp Open to Being TradedChristian Peterson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the Los Angeles Dodgers outfield as crowded as ever, Matt Kemp is open to a trade so he can get regular playing time. Kemp's agent, Dave Stewart, has expressed his client's desire to be an everyday play...

Dodgers’ Matt Kemp will not Accept being the Fourth Outfielder

Dodgers’ Matt Kemp will not Accept being the Fourth OutfielderChristian Peterson/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have four viable options to start in the outfield meaning someone will have to start out on the bench. Matt Kemp will not accept anything less than a full-time role. "I'm not a...

Matt Kemp to Undergo Shoulder Surgery

Matt Kemp to Undergo Shoulder Surgery Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Dodger announced their All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp will have shoulder surgery. Kemp, who already was declared out for the postseason with an ankle injury, will have an arthritic bone f...

Ryan Braun Not Commenting on Suspension

Ryan Braun Not Commenting on SuspensionHannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is keeping everything tight-lipped following his suspension for the rest of the season for violating Major League Baseball’s drug testing policy. Braun has received ...

Kemp Hurts Ankle in First Game Back from DL

Kemp Hurts Ankle in First Game Back from DLJonathan Daniel/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Matt Kemp can't catch a break. The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder returned from the 15-day disabled list Sunday, only to hurt his left ankle while sliding into home plate in the ninth inning of the Dodger...

Dodgers’ Matt Kemp Lands Back on the DL

Dodgers’ Matt Kemp Lands Back on the DLJonathan Daniel/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- It's been a tough season for Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, and his bad luck continues as the team has placed him back on the disabled list after re-injuring his left shoulder.Kemp injured himself Fri...

Dodgers Activate Matt Kemp

Dodgers Activate Matt KempJonathan Daniel/Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- Outfielder Matt Kemp was activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and played in the Los Angeles Dodgers' win over the San Francisco Giants later that night. Kemp hit fifth and started in cente...

Dodgers’ Matt Kemp Suffers Setback in Recovery

Dodgers’ Matt Kemp Suffers Setback in RecoveryJonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has suffered a setback in his recovery from a strained right hamstring.Kemp was expected to make his return to the team this Friday. But now a timeline for his return...

Dodgers Call Up Top Prospect Yasiel Puig

Dodgers Call Up Top Prospect Yasiel PuigRon Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers called up top prospect Yasiel Puig Sunday, after their game versus the Colorado Rockies. The 22-year-old Puig, was called up due to the recent injuries suffered in the Dodge...

Dodgers Place Kemp on DL

Dodgers Place Kemp on DL Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers placed outfielder Matt Kemp on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained right hamstring. The 28-year-old Kemp was injured in the Dodgers' 4-3 loss to the Angels W...

Dodgers’ Outfielder Matt Kemp Hopes to Be Ready by Opening Day

Dodgers’ Outfielder Matt Kemp Hopes to Be Ready by Opening DayJonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If the Los Angeles Dodgers hope to make it back to the playoffs this season, they'll need a healthy Matt Kemp. Kemp is hoping to be ready to play by Opening Day.Back in October, Kemp's left, non-throwing should...

Matt Kemp to Undergo Shoulder Surgery

Matt Kemp to Undergo Shoulder SurgeryMike McGinnis/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star centerfielder Matt Kemp announced that he will undergo surgery on Friday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. The recovery time after the surgery could range anywhere from...

Matt Kemp to Have MRI on Shoulder

Matt Kemp to Have MRI on ShoulderJonathan Daniel/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Matt Kemp could be hurt again. The Dodgers announced that Kemp will have an MRI Saturday on his left shoulder, and will be out until at least Tuesday. Kemp, who has already been on the disabled list twice ...

Matt Kemp Bruises Knee in Wall Collision

Matt Kemp Bruises Knee in Wall CollisionJonathan Daniel/Getty Images(DENVER) --  Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp left Tuesday night's game against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning after crashing into the outfield wall at Coors Field. He was diagnosed with a bruised knee...

Home Run Derby Participants Announced

Home Run Derby Participants AnnouncedMajor League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- The Home Run Derby is one of the marquee events during Major League Baseball's All-Star weekend, and the participants of this year's contest have been announced.Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is serving as the c...

Dodgers’ Outfielder Matt Kemp to Begin Rehab Assignment Tonight

Dodgers’ Outfielder Matt Kemp to Begin Rehab Assignment TonightChristian Peterson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have been struggling to generate much offense over the past month, but help is on the horizon. Outfielder Matt Kemp is set to begin his rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamon...

Brewers Complete Sweep of Dodgers

Brewers Complete Sweep of DodgersRob Carr/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Zack Greinke shut down the Matt Kemp-less Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night in the Brewers 6-2 win. Greinke (5-2) pitched six innings and struck out seven for the win and completed the four-game sweep of Los An...

Kemp Re-Aggravates Hamstring in Dodgers Loss

Kemp Re-Aggravates Hamstring in Dodgers LossJonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Didn't you just comeback? A day after Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp came off the 15-day disabled list, he re-aggravated his left hamstring and left Wednesday's game versus the Brewers in the first...
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