Dodgers-Astros LiveBlog: The Scorching Intolerable Episode
Matt Kemp carried the Dodgers on his back scoring all four of the Dodgers runs in the 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros. Kemp walked, hit two singles and hit a solo home run in the eighth inning for his grand finale.
"It was a heck of a day," manager Joe Torre said of Kemp. "He had a great day. Obviously we needed every bit of it."
"It was a team effort," Kemp said. "I was just getting on base, and Brad Ausmus just kept driving me in. We were a dynamic duo today."
As for the home run Kemp said, "It felt good because I knew we had "Big Boy" [Jonathan Broxton] in the pen getting warmed up. I knew we had a good chance of winning the game."
"I wish I could do that everyday," Kemp said to sum things up.
As great a day as Kemp was having second baseman Orlando Hudson had to leave the game after making the last out of the fifth inning when he ran into Astros starter Russ Ortiz. He injured his left wrist and his status is day-to-day.
"We'll get a better read tomorrow," Torre said. "It doesn't seem to be anything. I don't want to say a major problem because when it hurts it's a problem, but it's something he's had before and we've sat him down for a day or so."
Meanwhile closer Jonathan Broxton nailed his 22th save of the season going a perfect 11-for-11 in save opportunities in Dodger Stadium.
"Today I went out there and did a little better than last night," Broxton said.
While Broxton's velocity was a little down last night, he came back throwing fastballs from 96-99 mph.
"I went out yesterday and got some rust off," Broxton explained.
Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda meanwhile got a no decision pitching five innings and giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks with a strikeout. All three runs came in the third inning with two outs. In fact five of Houston's hits were with two outs in the inning.
The Dodgers would come back and score once in the bottom of the third after Kemp led off the inning with a walk, stole second and came home on Brad Ausmus' double.
In the fifth inning, Kemp would open the inning with a single and come home on another Ausmus double. In the seventh inning, Kemp would once again lead off the inning with a single and score when Rafael Furcal bounced to the pitcher Alberto Arias who tried to throw home but dropped the ball.
In the eighth inning with two outs, Kemp decided to take matters into his own hands and drove a home run 443 feet down to left-center on a full count.
The Dodgers split the series with Houston at two games apiece and end up with a season record of 3-4. The Cincinnati Reds now come to town for a three-game series with Jason Schmidt starting tomorrow night.