The Los Angeles Dodgers won the first two games of their series with the Arizona Diamondbacks in somewhat varying fashion.
The first was a close contest, with the Dodgers narrowly winning and on Saturday, the Dodgers led from the first to sixth inning before the Diamondbacks tied the game in the seventh.
A three-run eighth propelled the Dodgers to another win and put them on track for a series sweep. That appeared to be a long-shot as Trevor Cahill no-hit the Dodgers into the sixth inning. Dee Gordon’s double ended the no-hit bid and Adrian Gonzalez’s three-run home run put the Dodgers ahead.
Gonzalez hit another three-run homer in the seventh and Matt Kemp followed with a solo home run on the next pitch. Since taking over in right field and receiving regular playing time, Kemp has been much improved at the plate. He’s reached safely in the last 15 games and is hitting .309/.378/.574 with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs since the All-Star break.
Kemp’s home run off Oliver Perez was 19th of the season, which trails Gonzalez’s 22 for the Dodgers lead: