The Dodgers scored four runs? They came from behind? Don Mattingly is 2-0 as a manager? Matt Kemp is OPSing 1.550?
Chad Billingsley made one big mistake, giving up a three-run homer to Brandon Belt in the fourth, but he ended up with the win in a magical sixth inning keyed by Matt Kemp.
Kemp, who had a ground-rule double RBI in the third, singled in the sixth, then went from first to third on a Marcus Thames grounder to third. "It's a joy" to watch Kemp run, said Vin Scully, and the Twittersphere blew up with hallelujahs for both Kemp and Davey Lopes.
Dependable James Loney knocked Kemp in, and an error by Jonathan Sanchez (the Giants have made five errors in two games) extended the inning, allowing Rafael Furcal (2-for-4) to drive in the game-winning RBI.
Posey strikes out. Bat flies into stands, hits fan in the head. Just as God Bless America ends, fan, w/ icepack, is handed bat. Crowd roars.
Matt Guerrier (rhymes with "career") pitched an uneventful eighth, aided by — who else? — Kemp getting a great jump on a hard-hit sinking fly ball by Belt. And Jonathan Broxton finally got a 1-2-3 inning, for his second save.
The Dodgers are assured of at least a split with the Giants, and cynical Dodger fans are going their best not to get too excited. Baseball's back!
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