Kemp drives in 4, Dodgers avoid sweep, beat Rockies 6-4

Matt Kemp wasn’t supposed to last long in his return to Los Angeles. He Deryk Engelland Jersey was tabbed as trade bait after arriving from Atlanta in exchange for a salary dump by the Dodgers.
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The 33-year-old slugger has made himself at home again in a hurry.

One out later, Yasiel Puig doubled. Joc Pederson followed and reached on an infield single to second that DJ LeMahieu dived to stop. Puig made a heads-up baserunning play when he scored an insurance run after taking an extra base on Pederson’s hit.

Puig took advantage of LeMahieu’s soft throw from his knees to first baseman Ian Desmond.

DJ slipped, Rockies manager Bud Black said. If DJ wanted to do it over again he would probably give a firmer throw to Desmond to get it back in.

Puig hopped back and forth before taking off for the plate, sliding belly first. He got up and swung his arms in wild celebration with the Dodgers ahead 6-4.

I do my crazy move and score, Puig said. I said in my mind, `He’s not going to throw me out, I’m going home.’ Not too many players who score from third base in that situation.

Kemp agreed, saying, Everyone is living right.

Suter overcame a somewhat slow start to the season and has turned into a solid starter in Bob Uecker Authentic Jersey the last two months. He’s 6-2 with a 3.50 ERA in his last eight starts. Before his outing against Kansas City, he hadn’t allowed more than three runs in his previous seven games.

Part of Suter’s success can be attributed to his pace, which is among the game’s fastest. That makes it difficult for hitters to settle in between pitches and, Suter admits, there can be a slight advantage to working quickly.

I don’t want to quick-pitch people; I don’t do that, he said. But I want to keep the tempo up and let my fielders get back in and hit as quickly as possible. That’s how I operate. If that gets them uncomfortable, that’s fine, but I’m just in attack mode and up-tempo.

Suter is 1-0 with a 3.72 ERA in two career starts against the Twins, both of which came at Target Field. He held them to a run and five hits while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings on May 18.

Now a free agent, concerns over his hip stand between Thomas and a long-term contract. He will nonetheless have several options this offseason if he’s willing to prove himself on a short-term deal.