The Los Angeles Dodgers needed a big seventh inning Thursday to get a come-from-behind win with Zack Greinke on the mound and as it turned out, they needed more offense than usual in a Clayton Kershaw start Friday.
Matt Kemp and A.J. Ellis each hit home runs in the first inning with Kemp’s a three-run shot and Ellis’ driving in two. Kershaw allowed three runs to score in the bottom of the first, but the Dodgers still led 6-3 at the end of the inning.
Ellis hit his second two-run home run of the game in the third inning to extend the Dodgers’ lead to 8-3. Yasiel Puig added the team’s fourth home run of the game with a three-run homer in the sixth as the Dodgers pulled away and Kershaw earned his MLB-best 20th win of the season.