This is the 13th win for the Dodgers in the last 15 games against the Mets, winning the last seven of eight in New York and have an 11-game winning streak overall dating back to 2016.
In a 3-2 game, the Dodgers jumped all over Robert Gsellman in the eighth to break the game wide open. With runners on first and third, Kiké Hernandez laid down a bunt to successfully execute the squeeze play, scoring Cody Bellinger from third. It was two batters later when Kemp came up to pinch-hit with the bases full.
Gsellman left a 94-mph fastball over the heart of the plate that Kemp deposited in the seats down the left field line, putting the game out of reach.
Clayton Kershaw lasted three innings in his first start back from the disabled list, allowing two runs on five hits. The 30-year-old struck out four and walked one on 55-pitches in what was essentially a major league rehab start.
With uncertainty of how the weather conditions might affect the game, the Dodgers kept Caleb Ferguson on the roster to follow Kershaw out of the bullpen. Ferguson would go on to give his team a solid effort with four scoreless innings to earn his first career win.
Another positive to come out of the win was Chris Taylor making an appearance off the bench while he nurses a hamstring injury. Taylor pinch-hit for Kershaw in the fourth, coming through with a two-run double to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead over Jacob deGrom at that point in the game.
Max Muncy hit his 14th homer of the year in the first inning to retake the team lead from Bellinger.
The Dodgers go for the sweep over the Mets when a pair of lefties matchup on the mound. Rich Hill (1-2, 4.99) gets the start for Los Angeles. Jason Vargas (2-6, 8.60) was going to start for the Mets, but not any more.
News: Jason Vargas to the DL with a calf strain. Mickey Callaway says they're not sure who will start tomorrow for the Mets.— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) June 24, 2018
Home runs: Max Muncy (14) Matt Kemp (13)
WP - Caleb Ferguson (1-1): 4 IP, 3 hits, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts
LP - Jacob deGrom (5-3): 6 IP, 5 hits, 3 runs, 3 walk, 6 strikeouts