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.
Andre Ethier singled off Jeremy Horst in the ninth inning to snap an 0-for-23 skid against left-handed pitchers.
Wednesday was the first game all season in which both A.J. Ellis and Matt Treanor played. Treanor pinch hit for pitcher Josh Lindblom in the 11th inning.
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