Kemp's 5 hits, 3-run HR lead LA's rout of Bucs –

LOS ANGELES — On Monday night, Dodger Stadium showered Matt Kemp with chants of “M-V-P!” as the Los Angeles outfielder put together one of the best performances of his career. Kemp matched a career-high with five hits, including a three-run homer, helping the Dodgers to a 17-1 victory over the Pirates.

Earlier in the day, Kemp was positioned second among National League outfielders when ballot results for the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard were released. His latest showing all but assured he will represent his club in Washington, which would be his third career appearance in a Midsummer Classic.

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“[Kemp’s] been a big part of our lineup in the middle of it,” said Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner. “He knows how to drive in runs and that’s what you’ve been seeing the last couple of nights. He’s an RBI machine.”

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Kemp’s performance was reminiscent of the 33-year-old’s form in 2011, when he finished second place in NL MVP voting.

“Staying in the big part of the field, driving in runs, swinging at strikes, staying off balls — it was a clinic tonight,” Roberts said. “Everyone sort of fed off what he did at the plate. Up and down the lineup, very impressive, but obviously, the centerpiece was Matt.”

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Said Kemp of his performance: “Felt good. Take that into tomorrow and we’ll try again.”

However, it wasn’t only Kemp whose hot bat catapulted the Dodgers to such a huge lead. Los Angeles’ order batted around in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, marking the first time the club had ever done so in three consecutive frames. It was the first time it had happened

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