This time he didn't miss.
Again there was two out and the tying run on base when Kemp fouled off four pitches before doubling to deep center to knot the game 4-4. Andre Ethier tripled in the go-ahead run and Russell Martin knocked in what would be the winning run with a single to center.
New closer Jonathan Broxton gave up a one out walk and a two-out RBI single to close the margin to a single run but he got Connor Jackson to hit into a force play at second to save his first game since inheriting the job and his second in succession.
Brandon Webb, given a three run lead in the first inning, was sailing toward his major league-leading 14th win. He had been effective, allowing six hits, three walks and four strikeouts in eight innings, leaving the game with the same three run lead.
Starter Derek Lowe jumped right into the fire in the first inning, allowing a pair of singles and a walk to load the bases with none out.
Tony Clark then hit routine grounder to Kent and the runner from first evaded Kent's tag attempt and started back to first while Drew scored from third. Kent threw to Loney to retire Clark and Loney threw back to Garciaparra.
The runner escaped the rundown that would have ended the inning before Mark Reynolds and Chris Young singled in succession to give the DBacks a 3-0 margin.
Arizona added one more in the sixth when Reynolds tripled to center and with one out, Brian Falkenborg relieved Lowe. A perfect squeeze made it 4-0 with Webb still in complete control.
James Loney, who would go 3-for-4, doubled in the seventh inning, moved to third on Andrew Jones' single and scored when Blake DeWitt beat out a potential double play ball to earn the RBI and put Los Angeles on the board for the first time.
At the moment, the run didn't seem to change much except the final score. But no one would dream how it changed the score.
The Dodgers went into the ninth inning 1-45 when trailing after eight innings. Then they not only pulled a rabbit out their hat, they also pulled out a little flag that said first place on it.
Nomar Garciaparra doubled to deep center to open the ninth and Loney's third hit moved him to third. Jones hit a potential double play ball but the shortstop bobbled it for a moment and then threw Jones out at first as Nomar scored.
DeWitt bounced out to on what would have been the third out and the game. Andy LaRoche, seemingly reduced to a pinch-hitting role, then laced a single to right field, driving in Loney.
Newly acquired Pablo Ozuna ran for LaRoche and scored the tying run with a stylistic slide on Kemp's double.
Redemption is sweet.
With the game now tied, Ethier slammed a 2-0 pitch high off the center field wall for a triple, Kemp scoring the fifth run, and Martin's RBI single made it 6-4.
"That was a huge win," said Dodgers manager Joe Torre. "It was nice to be able to steal that one."
Rookie Ramon Troncoso (1-1) earned his first major league win after the rally, striking out five over two innings and Broxton faltered but did not fall and nailed the game down.
The Dodgers moved to Colorado for three games with the Rockies before returning home for a nine-game home-stand with Washington, San Francisco and Arizona.
Score by innings Los Angeles 000 000 105-6 Arizona 300 001 001-5 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Kemp rf 5 1 1 1 .285 Ethier lf 4 1 1 1 .280 Martin c 4 0 2 1 .295 Kent 2b 5 0 1 0 .249 Broxton p 0 0 0 0 .000 Garciaparra ss 4 1 2 0 .288 Loney 1b 4 2 3 0 .296 Jones cf 4 0 1 1 .164 DeWitt cf 3 0 0 0 .255 Lowe p 1 0 0 0 .158 Falkenborg 0 0 0 0 .000 Young ph 1 0 0 0 .255 Troncoso p 0 0 0 0 .000 LaRoche ph 1 0 1 1 .191 Ozuna pr 0 1 0 0 .281 Berroa 2b 0 0 0 0 .192 Totals 36 6 12 6 Arizona 33 5 8 4 Error- Martin (10). 2b hits- Loney (26), Garciaparra (4), Kemp (22). 3b hits- Ethier (1). RBI- DeWitt (35), JKones (11), LaRoche (4), Kemp (53), Ethier (43), Martin (47). S- Lowe. CS- Garciaparra (1). LOB- Los Angeles 7, Arizona 6. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Lowe 5.1 7 4-3 3 6 3.97 Falkenborg 0.2 0 0-0 0 0 5.63 Troncoso (1-1) 2.0 0 0-0 0 5 4.32 Broxton (save 2) 1.0 1 1-1 1 1 3.46 WP- Troncoso. T- 3:09. Att- 39,217.Dodgers Sign Pablo Ozuna
GM Ned Colletti, confronted by a number of fires, has managed to douse one, or so it seems, by signing free agent Pablo Ozuna who was designated for assignment by the Chicago White Sox when Paul Konerko came off the DL.
Ozuna hit .281 (18-for-64) in 32 games for the Sox, with three doubles and six RBI. He can play all four infield spots and also played the outfield before breaking his leg last season.
"He hasn't played a lot of second base, but he looks in good shape," said Dodgers manager Joe Torre. "He's got foot speed. He gives us an upgrade, experience-wise."
To make room for him on the roster, Luis Maza was designated for assignment.
The Singer Throwing Machine
On June 20 in 1970, Dodger right-hander Bill Singer tossed the club's only no-hitter of the decade, shortly after recovering from a bout with hepatitis. Singer blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0 at Dodger Stadium and the only runners to reach base came on a hit batter and an error by Singer himself. Dodger third base coach Larry Bowa went 0-for-3 and struck out twice for the Phillies.
Dodger Blue Notes-- With his home run Saturday, Kent has at least 10 home runs in 17 straight seasons, the longest such streak among active players. ..The Dodgers have now been tied for first place seven times this season, but have only been in sole possession of the top spot once, back on April 4, when they were 0.5 games up on the San Diego Padres.