Rivera, Kemp power Dodgers

July, 15, 2011
7/15/11
9:26
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Juan Rivera homered on his first pitch as a Dodger, Matt Kemp threw out a runner at the plate, hit his 23rd homer and drove in four runs, and Clayton Kershaw allowed no earned runs over seven innings.

Yet thanks to a Juan Uribe error that paved the way for four unearned runs off Kershaw in the bottom of the seventh (including a three-run homer to deep center by Xavier Nady), the Dodgers had to sweat out a 6-4 victory.

The error effectively cost the Dodgers their fourth shutout in their past five games.

Hong-Chih Kuo started the ninth and was in position to become the eighth Dodger to get a save this year, but the final out ended up going to Javy Guerra (with the tying run on first base) on a called strike three. By the way, the Dodger team record is 11 pitchers with a save in a single season, last achieved in 1979.

The Dodgers have won five in a row, but all that's done is get them to 11 games out of first place in the National League West, with a half-game drop imminent because San Francisco is romping over San Diego.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Clayton Kershaw
WINS ERA SO IP
13 1.71 150 121
OTHER LEADERS
BAY. Puig .319
HRA. Gonzalez 15
RBIA. Gonzalez 71
RY. Puig 61
OPSY. Puig .958
ERAC. Kershaw 1.71
SOZ. Greinke 153