LOS ANGELES — Not given Matt Kemp went swimming in a Chase Field pool has he caused such grief for a D-backs as he did during Dodger Stadium on Saturday night, when he launched a three-run homer off Archie Bradley in a eighth inning to give a Dodgers a second uninterrupted overwhelming quip win, 3-2.
The feat pulled a Dodgers into a tie with Arizona for first-place in a National League West, with Colorado one-half diversion back. The Dodgers are 2-1 in this showdown array and 6-9 in a deteriorate series. They were 4 1/2 games back, afterwards they won 7 of their final 8 games.
“Biggest win of a year so far,” pronounced starter Clayton Kershaw, who drew a seven-inning no-decision. “Big throng tonight. we consider they accepted a bulk of this game, and we felt it.”
Starter-turned-reliever Kenta Maeda (8-0) got a win and Kenley Jansen his second save in as many nights (34 overall), nonetheless Jansen indispensable a playground stop by Enrique Hernandez during second bottom to sack David Peralta of a strike heading off a ninth.
“That was sick,” Jansen pronounced of a diving stop and ideal thrown while prosaic on his back. One out later, Nick Ahmed doubled, underscoring a significance of Hernandez’s play.
For 8 innings, a Dodgers’ offense was dormant, while a D-backs ambushed Kershaw for first-pitch home runs in a second and sixth innings by Eduardo Escobar and pinch-hitter Christian Walker, who has dual homers this year, both of a pinch-hit accumulation off Kershaw.
Then came a bottom of a eighth, and a Dodgers’ second true comeback, a trend suggestive of 2017.
With one out, Justin Turner, who homered for a win on Friday night, bounced a well-placed singular between initial baseman Paul Goldschmidt and second baseman Ketel Marte into right field. Manny Machado worked Bradley for a 10-pitch walk, that teammates remarkable done Kemp’s blast possible.
“He could have really simply got concerned to hit, though he took his walk,” an admiring Turner pronounced of Machado. “Unbelievable at-bat by him to pass a rod to Matt. That’s about a loudest I’ve listened Dodger Stadium.”
The struggling Kemp, who had struck out a dual prior at-bats, fell behind Bradley, 1-2, afterwards launched his 427-foot game-winner to core when Bradley doubled adult and threw back-to-back curves. Kemp is 7-for-15 in his career opposite a D-backs setup man.
“Matt’s a fastball hitter, so for him to strike that violation round out, that was flattering awesome,” pronounced Kershaw.
It was Kemp’s 19th homer of a year though usually his second given Jul 22, when he was batting .316. He entered Saturday play batting .283.
“Baseball is a diversion of ups and downs,” pronounced Kemp. “Not many guys stay prohibited a whole season. Coming into September, we’re treating each diversion like it’s a playoff game. That’s a genius we have to have with those guys over there. They’re not going to quit.”
Bradley pronounced it was one bad pitch, and usually one loss.
“It was a bad one,” he said. “One-two, a hitter like that, it’s got to be a improved representation than that. It was ostensible to be down off a plate. You can see it from a beginning, it usually kind of rolled out on me. Not a good representation to him.
“You wish to put a detriment on me? Put it on me. we gave adult 3 hits, 3 runs. Put it on me. But if we consider one diversion in Sep is going to conclude me or this team, afterwards go ahead. Count us out. It’s one diversion in September. We have 29 more.”
It was a 2013 Dodgers who distinguished their multiplication pretension with a celebration in a Chase Field pool. The usually stream Dodgers from that bar are Kemp, Kershaw, Jansen, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Yasiel Puig.
In his Dodgers debut, David Freese went 1-for-2, was strike by a representation and done an error-saving dip during initial base. Fellow visitor Ryan Madson has nonetheless to make his initial entrance out of a bullpen.
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Hernandez started a diversion in core field, afterwards changed to right margin before being switched to second bottom for a ninth inning, usually in time to sack Peralta of a strike that competence have saved a game. Hernandez has played each position this year solely catcher.
“That was a diversion saver,” pronounced manager Dave Roberts of Hernandez’s play in a ninth.
“Absolutely ridiculous,” pronounced Turner.
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“All that things is in a past. Every time we put adult a 0 gets your certainty even higher.” — Jansen, resilient with back-to-back saves after a misfortune widen of his career
Walker Buehler opposes Clay Buchholz and a D-backs in Sunday’s 1:10 p.m. PT array finale. Buehler is entrance off his shortest start of a year, 4 innings in Texas, where he was private after 84 pitches notwithstanding leading. He wasn’t strike tough and some tighten pitches didn’t go his way, so there was some bad fitness involved.
Ken Gurnick has lonesome a Dodgers for MLB.com given 2001.