The Los Angeles Dodgers were locked in a 0-0 tie with the San Francisco Giants when Matt Kemp, playing in just his third game back from off-season ankle surgery, gave the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead with his first home run of the season. Giants starter Matt Cain had retired the first five Dodgers of the game, but left a pitch up and over the plate that Kemp powered into the left field pavilion. The home run was Kemp’s first at Dodger Stadium since Sept. 30, 2012. Perhaps more importantly, Kemp’s home run gave the Dodgers their first lead in the three-game series.
Cain settled back in to get the next four Dodgers when Hanley Ramirez crushed a home run an estimated 422 feet in the fourth to extend the Dodgers’ lead to 2-0. While Kemp’s first home run was a sign he’s shaken off some of the rust from not playing, it wound up being a precursor to a more impressive shot. Still in the bottom of the fourth and with Adrian Gonzalez standing on second following a double, Kemp sent another Cain pitch into the stands, this time going opposite field. After the game, Kemp made mention of his homer to right-center field, noting he’s seeing the ball well when he can go the other way with power.
Not to be outdone, Ramirez came up in the eighth with David Huff on the mound and the Dodgers leading 5-2. Ramirez put the finishing touches on the win with his second home run of the game, this time clearing the center field fence. The last time two Dodgers hit two home runs in the same game was April 18, 2009, when Andre Ethier and Manny Ramirez accomplished the feat against the Colorado Rockies.
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