After watching the Giants spoil the other two games of our opening homestand, Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez came out slugging, both knocking two HR each to drive the Dodgers to victory. Three of those four HR came at the hand of Matt Cain, who lasted only six innings and gave up five ER, raising his ERA to 5.73 on the season. Andre Ethier (0-for-2) added a sacrifice fly and the Dodgers rolled to a 6-2 win.
Zack Greinke was dealing for the Dodgers, lasting six innings in kind and giving up solo shots to Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt in the sixth. Chris Withrow, JP Howell, Chris Perez, and Kenley Jansen came in to nail down the final three innings (yielding two hits in aggregate), and the Dodgers narrow the gap to a half-game behind the Giants, who get the soft fleshy Diamondbacks on Wednesday while we host the AL-leading Detroit Tigers. Let's hope Yasiel Puig (scratched from Sunday's game) and his thumb get a clean MRI report (and stop diving headfirst into first, dammit! who do you think you are, Nick Punto?).
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