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Youngsters Kemp, Martin too much for Braves

Jul 3, 2007 - 6:20 AM LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are doing their best to make sure youth is being served.

Matt Kemp homered and Russell Martin had four hits as the Dodgers posted an 8-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday.

With the game tied at 1-1, Kemp belted a two-run, 436-foot blast off John Smoltz (9-5) in the sixth to help the Dodgers take their first lead of the game at 3-1.

The only reason the 22-year-old had a chance to hit in the inning was due to an odd sequence in the at-bat prior to Kemp's, when James Loney struck out but reached as Smoltz's pitch got away from Atlanta catcher Brian McCann.

"(Smoltz) got behind in the count and challenged me," Kemp said. "I guess I won the challenge."

Since being recalled from the minors on June 8, Kemp is hitting .389 (21-for-54) with three homers, including home runs in consecutive games.

The 24-year-old Martin, one of the Dodgers' three All-Star selections, lived up to his billing, notching his first career four-hit game. The first-time All-Star roped a run-scoring double in the fifth for the first Los Angeles run that tied the game at 1-1, ending a stretch in which Los Angeles had went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position to start the game.

Two innings later, he sparked a five-run seventh that blew a 3-1 contest wide open as he plated Juan Pierre with a single, his fourth hit of the contest.

"He's an All-Star," Kemp said. "Shoot, that's what All-Stars do. He's a leader on our team and he proved why he's an All-Star tonight."

Joe Beimel (2-1) walked two over two frames to get the win in relief of starter Derek Lowe.

"(The pressure) is something you don't really think about when you're out there," Beimel said. "You just want to get the job done. It worked out tonight and hopefully it will continue."

Smoltz surrendered three runs and seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts over six frames. Kemp's homer happened on a 3-1 pitch, just the second time he had a three-ball count on a hitter all game long.

"Smoltz could have had a shutout tonight, actually," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "It's a shame. He made one bad pitch to Kemp."

Chipper Jones had three hits - the second time in five games he hit that mark - for the Braves, who have lost two straight following a five-game winning streak.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ATLANTA 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 11 1
    LA DODGERS 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 0 x 8 12 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: ATL - JOHN SMOLTZ, TYLER YATES (7TH), PETER MOYLAN (7TH), CHAD
    PARONTO (8TH) AND BRIAN MCCANN
    LOS - DEREK LOWE, JOE BEIMEL (6TH), RUDY SEANEZ (8TH),
    BRETT TOMKO (9

    Jul 3 1:14 AM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY EDGAR RENTERIA SCORED KELLY JOHNSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E RENTERIA ON SECOND, M DIAZ ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 2
    LA DODGERS 8 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: C JONES (.335, 3-FOR-4)

    Braves vs. DodgersJul 3 1:13 AM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY OLMEDO SAENZ SCORED NOMAR GARCIAPARRA.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, M KEMP ON FIRST, J LONEY ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1
    LA DODGERS 8 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: R FURCAL (.273, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Braves vs. DodgersJul 3 12:44 AM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO MATT KEMP SCORED ANDRE ETHIER.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, M KEMP ON FIRST, J LONEY ON SECOND, N
    GARCIAPARRA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1
    LA DODGERS 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J BEIMEL (.000, 0-FOR-1)

    Braves vs. DodgersJul 3 12:43 AM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY CHIPPER JONES ALLOWED TONY ABREU TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, N GARCIAPARRA ON SECOND, A ETHIER ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1
    LA DODGERS 6 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J LONEY (.393, 0-FOR-3)

    Braves vs. DodgersJul 3 12:40 AM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEFF KENT SCORED RUSSELL MARTIN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J KENT ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1
    LA DODGERS 5 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: L GONZALEZ (.292, 1-FOR-3)

    Braves vs. DodgersJul 3 12:32 AM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RUSSELL MARTIN SCORED JUAN PIERRE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R MARTIN ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1
    LA DODGERS 4 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J KENT (.262, 0-FOR-3)

    Braves vs. DodgersJul 3 12:28 AM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MATT KEMP (3) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF JOHN SMOLTZ SCORED JAMES LONEY.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1, LA DODGERS 3
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J BEIMEL (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Braves vs. DodgersJul 3 12:06 AM
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    Braves vs. DodgersJul 2 11:46 PM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RUSSELL MARTIN SCORED RAFAEL FURCAL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R MARTIN ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1
    LA DODGERS 1 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: J KENT (.263, 0-FOR-2)

    Braves vs. DodgersJul 2 11:40 PM


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    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY EDGAR RENTERIA SCORED SCOTT THORMAN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E RENTERIA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 1
    LA DODGERS 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: C JONES (.330, 1-FOR-1)

    Braves vs. DodgersJul 2 10:55 PM