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Dodgers Come Back Late Behind Kemp to Take First Place

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Sep 1, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp (27) reacts as he rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the eighth inning as Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte (4) looks on at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

It was another wild one at The Ravine on Saturday night. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks squared off in front of a sold-out crowd, and they did not disappoint. When the Dodgers finally got going in the 8th inning, the noise was deafening.

Kershaw got the start for Los Angeles in this one, looking to ride his hot streak. He would end up tossing seven innings, allowing two earned runs on two solo shots. Kershaw also struck out an uncharacteristically low three DBacks in the process.

Kenta Maeda relieved him in the 8th, tossing a perfect inning with two strikeouts. Kenley Jansen came in and locked down the save. His only hiccup was a two-out double that split the gap in left-center.

The Offense Comes Alive Late

It was another late night for the offense in Los Angeles, as they again waited until the later innings to get on the board. After a single by Justin Turner and a hard-fought walk by Manny Machado, Matt Kemp stepped to the plate.

His three-run bomb would put the boys in blue up for good, and allow them to tie for first in the NL West.

Looking Ahead

These two teams will square off again on Sunday with Walker Buehler getting the start for Los Angeles. He faces off against the veteran Clay Buchholz. Buchholz is experiencing somewhat of a redemption season,  fighting back from a very bad year in Philadelphia. Buehler has been hot all year long.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. This win is almost as good as it gets this year – Kershaw, Kemp, and Kenley are the keys. We still need to leave fewer runners on base, especially in scoring position, and hit more homeruns like Kemp’s last night – with men on base.

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