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By Jon Weisman
Matt Kemp is having a week.
With a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 10th tonight, Kemp drove the Dodgers to their fifth victory in a row, 3-2 over Atlanta, and extended his recent dominance.
Kemp is 6 for 8 with three home runs, four runs and six RBI in his past two games. He now has a .353 on-base percentage and .465 slugging percentage this season.
Kemp’s wRC+ is now 133. It’s better than his career avg. It’d be third best year of his career. Top-35 in baseball.
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) July 31, 2014
Following a best-in-his-Dodger career 13 strikeouts in eight innings from Zack Greinke and two runs from Kemp — one in the second inning on his latest homer, the other by racing from second to home on a Juan Uribe infield single to break a 1-1 tie in the eighth, the Dodgers were within three outs of a tidy 2-1 win.
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But then Kenley Jansen allowed his first run in 14 games to start the bottom of the ninth, a home run by Justin Upton. Consequently, the Dodgers found themselves playing their first extra-inning game at Dodger Stadium since May 11.
The Dodgers played 10 extra-inning games in their first 39 games of 2014, then one extra-inning game in their next 68 games before tonight.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) July 31, 2014
Atlanta threatened in the 10th, but shot itself in the foot when J.P. Howell picked Jordan Schafer off second base with one out.
And then came Kemp. Again.