Matt Kemp is back. He came back from the disabled list in the Dodgers' first game after the All-Star break, but now he's really back. Kemp hit his second home run in as many games Friday, sending a first-inning offering from Johan Santana high over the left-field wall at Citi Field. The two-run home run set the Dodgers on their way to a wild 7-6 victory over the New York Mets in the opening game of a three-game series. "I'm back?" Kemp asked. "I guess, if that's what you want to call it." Except for how the Dodgers were forced to empty their bullpen in a game they once led by a 6-2 margin, this was a night of celebration for the long-slumping club. Kenley Jansen saved his second game since he allowed the San Diego Padres to steal home in a spectacular ninth-inning meltdown last week. Luis Cruz hit his first career home run. And, as Cruz pointed out, "We got two in a row. It's a streak." Before this two-win "streak," the Dodgers had lost 19 of their last 25 games and fallen out of first place. The Dodgers didn't know it at the time, but they could have dropped yet another game if not for what Manager Don Mattingly admitted was a botched hit-and-run play in the seventh inning. After drawing his second walk of the game in the seventh inning, Andre Ethier took off from first base with Juan Rivera at the plate. Rivera took the pitch.
Matt Kemp homers for second consecutive game in Dodgers' 7-6 win
Los Angeles Times | Jul 21