Kemp's Triple; Bullpen Effort Dumps Rockies

Matt Kemp knocked dropped a ball into right-center field that perfectly split the Colorado outfielders to break a 5-5 in the sixth inning and give the Dodgers their second straight win by a 6-5 margin. Hiroki Kuroda struggled but the Dodgers' bullpen was perfect as newly-activated Jeff Weaver won his 100th major league game in relief.

Kemp, who broke out of the gates with a bang and took the N.L. runs batted in lead, had been suffering through a 14-game drought before his looping hit rolled to the wall and scored Jamey Carroll who had doubled.

"I almost forgot what it felt like to get a RBI," he said. "I just hit it in the right spot."

It was Kemp's first RBI since a two-run homer at Cincinnati on April 21, when he scored a career high-tying four runs. A week later, he was criticized by general manager Ned Colletti for what he said was not playing up to his potential. He was .241 on the home-stand before his big hit.

"I wasn't playing to my capabilities and we were losing on top of that," he said. "It would have been different if we were winning and I was playing bad. I'm trying to work through it and get back to the way I was the beginning of the season. I haven't hit the ball hard in a long time."

Kuroda gave up nine hits and five runs in 5.1 innings, struck out three and walked a career-high five.

Jeff Weaver (1-1), one of four Dodgers relief pitchers who held the Rockies in check, only worked one-third of an inning to earn his 100th career victory hours after missing 14 games with a low back strain.

"It's nice to get in there the first day back," the former starter said. "Get one out, get a win compared to pitching nine innings to get a win. I'll take it any way I can get it."

Jonathan Broxton, who had blown a save the night before, gave up a leadoff single in the ninth but Russell Martin threw the runner out attempting to steal and Broxton earned his second save with a pair of high-powered strikeouts.

"That win was huge," manager Joe Torre said. "That was certainly a big lift for us. It's important to play well in your division. Before the season, I felt we had the toughest division in the league and that's going to keep anyone from running off and hiding from the rest."

Shortstop Jamey Carroll doubled to lead off the sixth, his second hit of the game, and was bunted to second. Kemp hit the ball off the handle of the bat and it fell between right fielder Carlos Gonzalez and center fielder Dexter Fowler who were both straining to catch the ball. It bounced between them and rolled to the wall as Carroll scored.

The teams traded the lead through the first six innings. Troy Tulowitzki walked, stole second and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly in the second. Casey Blake doubled and rode home on Carroll's two-out single to tie the game in the last of the inning.

An error on Kemp's ground ball and Andre Ethier's RBI single (#32), gave Los Angeles the lead in the third but Colorado tied in the fourth and took a 4-3 lead in the fifth and nearly broke the game open but Blake made a diving stop with the bases loaded and two out, then threw to first to end the inning.

Los Angeles scored three in the fifth on doubles by Xavier Paul and Ethier, plus RBI singles by Blake and Martin. A triple by Eric Young, Jr., and another sac fly tied the game before Kemp untied it for good.

Young's hit came off Kuroda and when he allowed two more singles, he was replaced by George Sherrill, who allowed the game-tying fly ball. Weaver allowed a walk to again load the bases but retired Gonzalez to end the inning.

Ramon Troncoso added two scoreless innings before Broxton nailed it down.

Ethier, Blake (who came into the game 2-for-22 on the home-stand) and Carroll had a pair of hits for Los Angeles. James Loney ended his string of RBI games at six when he went 0-for-4 on his 26th birthday.

The Dodgers are 5-2 against the NL West this year, but 8-14 against the rest of the league. They exercised their 2009 magic when Colorado allowed four questionable runs. L.A. was 14-4 last season against the Rockies.

Ely, Paul Sent Back to AAA
The Dodgers activated Jeff Weaver and Manny Ramirez, thus sending John Ely and Xavier Paul back to Albuquerque after they both had played well during their stay in The show.

Ely earned a clutch victory over the Brewers after the Dodgers had been battered 11-6 and 11-3 by Milwaukee. He allowed a single run while pitching into the seventh inning.

"It had nothing to do with his performance -- it was one of the best of the season of anybody," general manager Ned Colletti said of the decision to option Ely.

"We needed a roster spot to activate Weaver and we're at a stage where we'll play it day to day. Things change every day and you never know what happens each day. We don't need a starter until we get to Tuesday. We have to get through Friday first."

Paul went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the Dodgers three-run fifth inning before being handed his ticket to New Mexico.

Paul was called up to replace him and hit .276 with one RBI, eight runs scored, five extra-base hits in 29 at-bats, three steals and seven strikeouts. The Dodgers were 5-1 in games Paul started.

Paul was told by general manager Ned Colletti to work on his mental approach to the game "and being a big leaguer."

"To me, he's the boss, his opinion matters," said Paul. "As a player, I have to respect that. It's his team. At the end of the day, my thought is to keep working hard and keep playing like every day is my last. I know the situation with Manny coming back tomorrow. It is what it is. It's a decision they have to make."

Dodger Blue Notes --Following the completion of the home-stand Sunday, the Dodgers travels to Arizona and San Diego next week. ...Ethier leads the National League with a .376 average, 32 RBI and a .720 slugging percentage. He is also tied for the lead in homers (10) and ranks second in on-base percentage (.444). His OPS (on-base + slugging percentage) is the best in the game (1.162). ...On on this day in 1959, a Major League record 93,103 fans (plus perhaps another 10,000 who poured into Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to help salute Hall of Famer Roy Campanella in an exhibition game against the Yankees. And this day in 1970, Dodger first baseman Wes Parker became the first L.A. Dodger to hit for the cycle and it came at Shea Stadium against the Mets. Last year, Orlando Hudson became the second L.A. Dodger to hit for the cycle when he accomplished the feat on April 13, 2009 during the Dodgers' home opener. The club celebrated ‘60s night at Dodger Stadium, home to the 1963 and 1965 World Champions. In addition to a ‘60s feel, "The Tokens," known for their 1961 hit "The Lion Sleeps Tonight,"sang the National Anthem and ‘60s heartthrob Frankie Avalon threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ...Congratulations are in order for Los Angeles Times' beat writer Dylan Hernandez, whose daughter, Naomi, was born Tuesday. Naomi, Dylan's wife Lauyin and the proud papa are all doing great. Dodgers Publicity

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