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Kemp, Kershaw, Ethier All Contribute To NL All-Star Win

Matt Kemp was the only player in the 2011 All-Star Game to reach base twice.
Matt Kemp was the only player in the 2011 All-Star Game to reach base twice.

All three Dodgers representatives tonight did well in the All-Star Game, helping the National League to a 5-1 win over the American League, the second straight win for the senior circuit. Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, and Andre Ethier all contributed in some way.

Kemp walked in the first inning off Jered Weaver, the first baserunner of the game. Then in the fourth, Kemp singled off C.J. Wilson and scored on Prince Fielder's three-run home run that put the N.L. in front for good. Kemp became the first Dodger to reach base twice in an All-Star Game since Mike Piazza in 1996. Kemp flied out to right field in the sixth inning in his final plate appearance. Kemp was the only player in tonight's game to reach base twice.

Kershaw pitched the top of the fifth, and retired the side on just eight pitches. David Ortiz struck out on a check swing, then Robinson Cano and Alex Avila grounded to first base. If Don Mattingly was watching this game at all -- he said he try to watch part of the game during his few days off at his home in Indiana -- I'm sure he was happy about the short outing for his Friday starter. Kershaw got the first hold by a Dodger in the All-Star Game since Eric Gagne in 2002.

Ethier got one at-bat, at designated hitter in the fifth inning, and hit a run-scoring single off Jordan Walden. Ethier is the first Dodger to collect an All-Star RBI since Piazza in 1996. Ethier is just the second Dodger to be a DH in the All-Star Game, joining Gary Sheffield in 1999.

Kemp and Ethier combined to reach base three times, the first time the Dodgers have combined to put three men on base in 30 years. In the 1981 All-Star Game, Davey Lopes walked, while Steve Garvey and Dusty Baker singled.

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