Kemp homer helps Dodgers peg back Cardinals

Sun Oct 5, 2014 3:28am EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Matt Kemp rescued Los Angeles with a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning as the Dodgers edged St Louis 3-2 on Saturday to draw level in their National League Division Series after two games.

The Dodgers had blown a 2-0 lead in the top of the eighth, when Matt Carpenter tied the game with a two-run blast against reliever J.P. Howell.

However, Kemp breathed life back into Dodger Stadium with one swing of the bat, tying the best-of-five series 1-1 before the teams head off to St Louis for the next two contests.

"This was a must win. We needed this," Kemp told reporters. "We told each other we were going to back (Howell) up and find a way to win. That's what good teams do."

Los Angeles starter Zack Greinke paved the way for the victory by tossing seven scoreless innings, striking out seven batters and also recording two hits at the plate.

The Dodgers scored twice in the third inning, and Greinke's performance appeared to restore order after the team was shell-shocked in their series-opening 10-9 loss that came with ace Clayton Kershaw on the mound.

But the game turned quickly when Howell came on in the eighth, faced three St Louis batters and failed to record an out.

Brandon League took over for Howell, working the Dodgers out of trouble and earning his first career post-season win.

Cardinals starter Lance Lynn went six innings and struck out eight in a no-decision.   Continued...

October 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp (27) reacts after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in game two of the 2014 NLDS playoff baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports