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Kemp, Ramirez Help Dodgers Avoid Sweep

Kemp rounds the bases after hitting a homer off Matt Cain.
Kemp rounds the bases after hitting a homer off Matt Cain.
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Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez each hit a pair of home runs to power the Dodgers to a 6-2 victory over the Giants on Sunday night baseball. Kemp's first homer was a solo shot in the 2nd inning with his second being a 2-run blast that came in his very next at-bat in the 4th inning. Ramirez's homers were both solo shots that came in the 4th inning off Matt Cain and in the 8th inning off David Huff. Los Angeles' Zack Greinke was also instrumental in the victory as he pitched six innings and only allowed two runs on six hits while also picking up his first hit of the season in the fifth inning and claiming his second victory to improve to (2-0) on the season.

The win was big for the Dodgers as it allowed them to avoid being swept after they dropped their first two home games of the season to their arch rival Giants. San Francisco's starter Matt Cain was chased after giving up five runs on six hits in six innings of work and was charged with the loss dropping to (0-1) on the year. The Giants' offensive production came off the bats of Brandon Belt and Hunter Pence when both hit solo home runs off of Greinke in the sixth inning.

Kemp started in the place of Yasiel Puig who was forced to sit out Sunday's match up after injuring his left thumb during the game on Saturday. Puig left Dodger Stadium early Sunday to have an MRI on the thumb before returning in time for the start of the game. The Dodgers will get an off-day on Monday before welcoming in the Detroit Tigers for a brief two-game series on Tuesday April 8th. The Giants will head home to San Francisco to prepare for their home opener vs the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday.