Sunday, September 2, 2018

Matt Kemp's Homer Sends Dodgers To Win Over Arizona; Eduardo Rodriguez Returns For 6-1 Boston Victory Over ChiSox

Players of the Day for Saturday, September 1, 2018

American League
Rodriquez: 5 2/3 IP, 12 K

The Red Sox express keeps rolling right along.

Boston topped the White Sox, 6-1, in Chicago Saturday, taking a 2-1 lead in their four-game series.

Eduardo Rodriguez upped his record to 12-3, limiting the White Sox to three hits and one earned run over 5 2/3 innings, striking out a season-high 12, walking one.

While Rodriguez was frustrating Chicago batters, the Red Sox got three solo homers and tacked on three more runs for their 94th victory. Coming back from the disabled list for his first start since mid-July, Rodriguez was very sharp and obviously well-rested. In 20 starts this season, Rodriguez has a 3.34 ERA and 122 strikeouts.

With the Yankees winning, 2-1, over Detroit, Boston maintained their 7 1/2 game lead in the East division. Boston has the best record in the majors and will likely have home field advantage for the duration of the playoffs.

The series concludes Sunday. Game time is 2:10 pm EDT.

National League

Kemp: 3-run Homer
Closing out August with a rash of wins, the LA Dodgers tied Arizona for first place in the NL West with a 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks on the first day of September.

Clayton Kershaw held Arizona to two runs over seven innings, but he was outdueled by Patrick Corbin and three relievers who shut out the Dodgers through seven. In the bottom of the eighth, however, Arizona's Archie Bradley took the mound and ran into the middle of the Dodgers' potent batting order.

After getting Max Muncy for the first out, Justin Turner singled, Manny Machado walked, and Matt Kemp turned the game around, blasting a three-run homer, ripping Bradley's 1-2 offering into the center field stands, 427 feet away.

Kenley Jansen allowed one hit in the Arizona ninth, but kept the Diamondbacks off the scoreboard for his 34th save.

Kemp's homer was his 19th and the three RBI advanced his total for the season to 72.

The Dodgers have won seven of their last eight and lead the Diamondbacks 2-1 in the current series which includes Sunday, 1:10 pm PDT.

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