SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on September 23, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Matt Kemp Homers In Third Straight Game As Dodgers Top Padres

Matt Kemp is now tied with Albert Pujols for the National League lead with 37 home runs.

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Dodgers Vs. Padres: Matt Kemp Homers In Third Straight Game In 2-0 Win

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Ted Lilly threw 6 1/3 innings and Matt Kemp homered on his 27th birthday as the Los Angeles Dodgers turned back San Diego, 2-0, to start a three-game series. Lilly (11-14) allowed four hits and fanned seven to move to 10-4 lifetime against the Padres.

Mike MacDougal, Kenley Jansen and Javy Guerra combined on the four-hit shutout. Guerra notched his 20th save in the Dodgers' sixth victory in seven games. Wade LeBlanc (4-6) surrendered four hits and had a career-high 10 strikeouts over seven innings, but the Padres couldn't build on their three-game sweep in Colorado.

"I don't think his velocity wavered through seven innings," Padres manager Bud Black said.

Jerry Sands doubled leading off the second and scored on a Russ Mitchell groundout. San Diego left a runner in scoring position in the third and fourth frames, and Kemp went deep to right leading off the seventh. Kemp's homer was his 37th, tying him with St. Louis' Albert Pujols for the National League lead.

Kemp is actually nearing possibly winning the Triple Crown. His 119 RBI leads the NL, but his .326 average is three points shy of New York's Jose Reyes and Milwaukee's Ryan Braun.

"I just have to relax, not try to hit home runs and try too hard," said Kemp, who is trying to become the first Triple Crown winner since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. "I just relax and have fun. What ever happens is going to happen."

Cameron Maybin struck out looking to strand a pair of runners in the bottom half, but the Padres never mounted a late threat and struck out 12 times on the night.

Game Notes

Over the last seven games, Padres pitchers have allowed just nine earned runs...Sands extended his career-high hitting streak to 11 games...Dee Gordon extended his career-high hit streak to 10 games with a bunt single in the sixth for LA.

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Matt Kemp Continues Triple Crown Run In San Diego As Dodgers Battle Padres

Matt Kemp has hit .331/.396/.460 at Petco Park in his career with three home runs in 37 games.

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