LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 18: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates as he watches his walk-off two-run home run to right center field against the Philadelphia Phillies in the 12th inning to win the game 5-3 at Dodger Stadium on July 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
The pitching duel at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday afternoon was completely as advertised. Until the bullpens got involved, that is. But luckily for the Dodgers, they have Matt Kemp, who hit a walk-off two-run home run off Jake Diekman to deliver a 5-3 win over the Phillies in 12 innings, snapping a four-game losing streak.
Clayton Kershaw was great, allowing one run and five hits in eight innings, striking out seven without a walk.
Cliff Lee was great, allowing one run and two hits in eight innings, striking out four with one walk, needing just 89 pitches to do so.
But after eight combined baserunners and two runs in eight innings allowed by the starters, the Dodgers and Phillies bullpens combined to allow 21 runners and six runs in four innings.
Kemp is hitting .477 (21-for-44) with six home runs against left-handers this season.
Home Run: Juan Rivera (4), Matt Kemp (13)
WP - Jamey Wright (4-2): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 walk
LP - Jake Diekman (1-1): 1 1/3 IP, 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout