Matt Kemp continued his assault on National League pitching, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros Friday night at Minute Maid Park. Kemp had three hits, including his major league leading eighth home run of the season, which gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the first inning that they never relinquished.
Kemp has eight home runs in just 14 games on the season, tying Wally Moon (1961) for the most in Dodgers history at that point of the season. Kemp has 26 hits in 54 at-bats on the season, hitting an astonishing .481/.525/1.000.
Ted Lilly allowed one run in six innings while striking out five, though he struggled pretty much all night. Lilly walked six, including one intentional walk, the most he has had in a start in six years.
Andre Ethier knocked in the Dodgers' third run with a third-inning single, giving him 19 RBI on the season. The only man in the majors with more runs batted in than Ethier is Kemp, who has driven in 20.
The Dodgers (11-3) go for their third straight victory on Saturday, and send Clayton Kershaw to the mound, facing Kyle Weiland of Houston.
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