Kemp's Two RBI Sinks Reds in 12 Innings

The Law of Probability finally kicked in for the Dodgers after leaving a number of runners on base in nearly every inning after the fifth before scoring in the 12th inning when Matt Kemp knocked in the winning run with a sacrifice fly that beat Cincinnati 3-2 in 12 innings. Clayton Kershaw started and struck out 11 and the bullpen added nine more K's before the nearly four-hour game ended.

After wasting a number of scoring opportunities, the Dodgers finally scored the winning run in the top of the 12th when Manny Ramirez walked, Juan Castro double, Andre Ethier was walked intentionally and Matt Kemp's long fly to center drove in their first run since the fifth inning.

Los Angeles was able to squander their opportunities -- they were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base -- because of the remarkable pitching performance by young Clayton Kershaw and five different relief pitchers who recorded 20 strikeouts during the nearly four-hour game.

The Dodger Publicity Department reported it was the most strikeouts since August 8, 1972 when they fanned 22 Reds in a 19-inning game in Cincinnati. The fact that this game was seven innings shorter, makes the total even more remarkable.

Kershaw struck out three of the first four and four of the first six he faced before making his one mistake of the afternoon. Rookie XXX McDonald ripped a fast ball into the middle of the upper deck with Scott Rolen on base with a single to give Cincinnati not only their only lead, their only runs during the game.

The young Dodgers left-hander worked seven innings, allowing four hits, walking two and striking out 11. He hit double-digits for the third time in 27 starts and now has 164 strikeouts in 160.2 innings.

He is 0-2 in his last eight starts despite a 2.94 earned run average. He has received the least run support of any starter n the Major Leagues since July 24 with only 1.94 runs per nine innings.

Matt Kemp slugged a solo home run to break Bronson Arroyo's no-hit bid in the top of the fifth. Casey Blake followed with a single and with two out, Orlando Hudson beat out an infield hit. Then Kershaw singled off the shortstop's glove to drive in the tying run. It was his second RBI of the season.

Los Angeles then left Andre Ethier on second base after a double in the sixth, two on in the eighth, put two on in the ninth and left one of them after a double play, put two on in the 10th and again left one after another double play and left two on in the 11th.

Kershaw added four shutout innings after allowing the two runs and, in turn, George Sherrill, Ramon Troncoso, Hong-Chih Kuo and James McDonald (4-3) stopped the Cincinnati offense in it's tracks.

After Kemp's sac fly in the top of the 12th, Jonathan Broxton added another scoreless inning to record his 29th save, but he did it the hard way -- giving up an opening walk with the runner moving to second on a passed ball. He recorded a strikeout before walking a second Reds's batter. Then he struck out the final two to finally nail down the win.

In a masterful bit of understatement, Reds Manager Dusty Baker said, "They've got some powerful arms over there," manager Dusty Baker said. "I don't know how many strikeouts we had, but we had a bunch."

The NL West leaders took two of three from the Reds over the weekend, extending their lead over Colorado. The Dodgers are 22-4 against the Reds since 2006, their best mark against any NL team.

The bullpen had a big part in both wins, throwing 11.1 scoreless innings.

Torre had planned to give the slumping Ramirez a day off, leaving him out of the starting lineup. Ramirez has only two extra-base hits in his last 13 games. He pinch-hit for Kershaw in the eighth inning and popped out, then stayed in left field and had an infield single in the 10th and then drew a leadoff walk in the 12th and scored the winning run.

The Dodgers will return home to host Arizona in a four game seies tonight (Monday). Pitching probables include:
Monday - LHP Randy Wolf vs LHP Doug Davis
Wednesday - RHP Chad Billingsley vs RHP Max Schermer
Thursday - RHP Charlie Haeger vs RHp Jon Garland

 Score by innings
Los Angeles	000 020 000 001-3
Cincinnati	020 000 000 000-2

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	5  0  0  0  .256
Pierre lf	4  0  1  0  .323
 Sherrill p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Loretta ph	1  0  1  0  .230
 Kuo p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Castro 2b	1  0  1  0  .309
Ethier rf	5  0  1  0  .285
Kemp cf	        4  1  1  2  .315
Blake 3b	5  1  1  0  .274
Loney 1b	4  0  1  0  .275
Martin c	4  0  1  0  .259
Hudson 2b	5  0  1  0  .291
 McDonald p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
Kershaw p	2  0  1  1  .114
 Ramirez ph-lf	2  1  1  0  .307
 Totals	        42 3 11 3
 Cincinnati	42 2  8 2

 Two-base hits- Ethier (35), Castro (4)
HR- Kemp (21). RBI- Kemp 2 (85), Kershaw
(2). SF- Kemp. LOB- Los Angeles 11,
Cincinnati 8. SB- Ethier (6). 
PO- by Kershaw.

 Los Angeles 	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Kershaw	        7.0  4  2-2  2 11  2.94
Sherrill	1.0  2  0-0  0  0  0.00
Troncoso	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  2.61
Kuo	        1.0  1  0-0  0  2  3.38
McDonald (4-3)	1.0  1  0-0  0  2  4.03
Broxton (sv 29)	1.0  0  0-0  2  3  2.79
 PB- Martin. T- 3:54. Att- 26,091.