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Dodgers, Kemp See-Saw Their Way Over the Rockies

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It was tit-for-tat between the Dodgers and Colorado Rockies, but the Dodgers proved to have the last laugh as they jabbed their way to a 6-5 victory thanks to centerfielder Matt Kemp’s first RBI since April 21.

“I forgot what it felt like to get an RBI,” Kemp joked. “I’ll take them anyway I can.”

Both teams got their shots on the starters with both Rockies starter Esmil Rogers and Hiroki Kuroda giving up five runs each with one unearned run apiece.

“We fought,” manager Joe Torre said. “This was great. Kuroda wasn’t ast his best tonight, he battled it. And we came battling back.”

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The Rockies got things started in the top of the second inning when Troy Tulowitzki scored on a sacrifice fly ball to right by Ian Stewart. The Dodgers responded in the bottom of the second inning when Jamey Carroll singled home Casey Blake to tie the game 1-1.

The Dodgers then made their jab in the third inning capitalizing on a throwing error by third baseman Stewart that allowed Matt Kemp to take first base. During Andre Ethier’s at-bat, Kemp stole second and scored on Ethier’s single to give the Dodgers the 2-1 lead.

The Rockies bounced back in the fourth inning when Carlos Gonzalez singled home Tulowitzki and then took the lead in the fifth inning on Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly that scored Seth Smith.