Kemp's 4 hits leads Dodgers past Rockies 8-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 6, 2014 at 9:11 pm •  Published: July 6, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — Matt Kemp and Josh Beckett made sure the Los Angeles Dodgers had plenty to celebrate heading into their showdown with the Detroit Tigers.

Kemp had four hits and drove in two runs, and Beckett tossed five scoreless innings and chipped in with a double as the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 8-2 on Sunday.

Adrian Gonzalez had three RBIs and Juan Uribe added three hits for the Dodgers, who won three of four in the weekend series. They head to AL Central-leading Detroit in first place in the NL West, a half-game ahead of San Francisco.

"To win the first two and then lose yesterday, if you don't win today then you've had a negative series in my mind," manager Don Mattingly said.

All-Star rosters were unveiled during the game, and the Dodgers were well-represented with four players. Right fielder Yasiel Puig was voted in as a starter, and second baseman Dee Gordon made it as a reserve. Starting pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke were also picked.

"I'm really excited I get to do it again, really excited for Puig and Dee, the first-time guys, and with Greinke," Kershaw said. "I've never gotten to go with four of my own teammates before, so that's pretty cool."

Beckett was left off the National League roster. Kershaw is a candidate to start the game, but said he's just happy to be going for the fourth time.

"I'd love to do it," Kershaw said. "Obviously, there are a ton of great candidates. I'll be fine either way. Definitely (would) be something cool to do."

Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, an All-Star starter with an NL-best 5.3 million votes, scored both runs for the Rockies. Charlie Blackmon was named to the team as a reserve outfielder.

"That has some extra meaning," Tulowitzki said. "A couple years I've been chosen by the players and that's always an honor. This year the fans really stepped up and really supported me."

Colorado was 26-20 on May 20 but has lost 17 of 20 to fall to within a half-game of last place in the NL West. The Rockies are 5-15 at Coors Field since June 3.

Beckett (6-5) allowed three hits before leaving after aggravating his sore left hip while running the bases in the fifth.

"It was the start and stop. I just kind of tweaked it," he said. It's been bothering me for a few weeks."

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