The Los Angeles Dodgers returned home Tuesday night after a nine-game road trip that ended with a sweep of the San Francisco Giants.
Standing between the Dodgers and their first four-game winning streak this season was the Atlanta Braves, who the Dodgers had yet to face since the 2013 NLDS.
The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first inning that Matt Kemp quickly erased in the second with his two-run home run that bounced off the top of the right field fence:
The Braves responded with two runs in the third inning and another in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. The Dodgers tied the game in the bottom of the fifth and the teams would remain locked up at four until the seventh inning.
With two outs and the Dodgers clinging to a one-run lead, Kemp hit his second two-run home run of the game:
It’s been somewhat of a difficult stretch for the outfielder as he’s played through trade rumors and comments from Dave Stewart, Kemp’s agent, that he’s hopeful his client gets traded.
The Boston Red Sox are believed to have some interest in Kemp, who is now hitting .282 with 10 home runs and 40 RBIs. Kemp is hitting .400 in his last 10 games, with the last seven coming as the starter in right field where Kemp appears comfortable.