Strange night for Matt Kemp

First of all, he took a called third strike, on a pitch that appeared to be right down the middle, with a man on third and one out in what became a scorless first inning for the Dodgers. Then, in a similar situation in the fifth, he came through with a well-placed blooper that fell into shallow right field, allowing David Wells to score the tying run and Juan Pierre to move to third (the still-athletic Wells had led off the inning with a bunt single, of all things). But when Ramon Martinez followed with a line drive to the wall in right-center that clearly wasn’t going to be caught, Kemp stopped just as he reached second, made a slight motion like he was heading back to first, then finally took off running again, all of which resulted in his only reaching third on a ball he probably should have scored on. He then got picked off third when he wandered too far off the bag, and catcher Mike DiFelice threw down. … Wells has already gone farther than conventional wisdom might have suggested he could after a three-week layoff. He is in the fifth inning and has allowed two runs on seven hits. … Dodgers 3, Mets 2, bottom 5

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