Apr 6, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (27) follows through on a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants Can’t Wrap Up L.A. Sweep As Dodgers Go On Home Run Binge


The Los Angeles Dodgers slugged four home runs Sunday—two each by Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez—and the San Francisco Giants couldn’t wrap up their first sweep at Dodger Stadium since August 2012 in a 6-2 loss.

Matt Cain (0-1) surrendered three of those long balls and Zach Greinke shut down the Giants (5-2) with the exception of one quick flurry in the sixth inning.

Trailing 4-0 in the sixth, Brandon Belt connected for his fourth homer of the season—second only to Mark Trumbo of the Diamondbacks, who has five—to lead off the inning against Greinke and two batters later, Hunter Pence got his first of the season, taking Greinke into the right-center field seats.

But that’s all San Francisco would muster off Greinke (2-0), who allowed just those two runs on six hits with eight strikeouts in six innings. Dodger pitchers struck out 16 batters in all, including hanging the dreaded golden sombrero (0-for-4, four Ks) on Brandon Crawford.

Los Angeles (5-3) got on the board in the second when Kemp took Cain to left-center field for his first homer of the season. Kemp was just activated from the disabled list Friday from offseason ankle surgery.

The Dodgers padded the lead in the fourth. Hanley Ramirez crushed a ball deep into left field with one out to give L.A. a 2-0 lead and after Adrian Gonzalez doubled, Kemp hit his second of the night, an opposite field job to right-center.

Andre Ethier drove in Ramirez on a sacrifice fly in the sixth after Ramirez opened the inning with a double.

Cain surrendered five runs on six hits in six innings, striking out three.

L.A.’s last run came in the eighth when Ramirez homered off reliever David Huff. J.C. Gutierrez struck out one while working a perfect seventh inning.

Angel Pagan, Belt and Michael Morse had two hits each for the Giants, who finished with eight in all.

The Giants are off on Monday before coming home for the first time this season when they host the Arizona Diamondbacks at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday. Tim Hudson (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is scheduled to make his first home start in San Francisco while Trevor Cahill (0-2, 6.30 ERA) is slated to start for Arizona.

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