National League Game Summary - Los Angeles at Houston|
(Saturday, April 21st)
Final Score: Los Angeles 5, Houston 1
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Matt Kemp continued his long ball prowess and
reigning NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw picked up his first victory of the
year, as the Dodgers beat the Astros, 5-1, Saturday night.
Kemp belted his major league-leading ninth homer of the season, a two-run
blast in the sixth inning. Houston native James Loney also went deep for the
Dodgers, who moved to 12-3.
Kershaw (1-0), who allowed three hits and fanned nine over seven shutout
innings, became the first Dodger to win nine straight decisions since Chad
Billingsley went 9-0 in 12 games (11 starts) from Aug.30, 2008-May 3, 2009.
The last loss for Kershaw came Aug. 7 at Arizona.
Andre Ethier hit a two-run single in the eighth inning. Kemp and Ethier lead
the majors with 22 and 21 RBI, respectively. Kemp, who has hit safely in 14 of
his 15 games this season including 10 in a row, became the fastest Dodger ever
to reach nine homers.
"Those two together have been pretty special," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly
Kyle Weiland (0-3) surrendered six hits and three runs while fanning six over
"Another good performance from him," Astros manager Brad Mills said of
J.D. Martinez knocked in the lone run for Houston, which lost for the sixth
time in seven contests.
Loney homered to right with two outs in the second and Kemp made it 3-0 with
two outs in the sixth. Dee Gordon, who had three hits, was aboard when Kemp
drove a ball over the wall in center field.
Ethier's base hit to right plated Gordon and Adam Kennedy in the eighth before
Martinez walked with the bases full in the bottom half. That came with one
out, but Kenley Jansen recovered to retire Carlos Lee on a pop out and Jed
Lowrie on a fly ball.
Los Angeles has won six in a row over Houston...Houston's Martinez and Jordan
Schafer have both reached base safely in every game they've played this
season. Schafer's 15-game run marks the longest on-base streak of his career
and the longest by an Astro to begin a season since Craig Biggio began 2000
with a 17-game run. Martinez owns an active 14-game run of reaching base
04/22 01:47:39 ET