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Kemp Hits 9th HR As Kershaw Collects His 1st Win Of Season

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HOUSTON,TX - APRIL 21: Pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws against the Houston Astros on April 21, 2012 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

HOUSTON,TX – APRIL 21: Pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws against the Houston Astros on April 21, 2012 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (AP) Matt Kemp set a franchise record for home runs through 15 games with his ninth of the season to back up a solid outing by Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers got a 5-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.

Kemp’s two-run shot to center field in the sixth inning off Kyle Weiland (0-3) scored Dee Gordon, extending the lead to 3-0 and giving him a home run in three straight games. It also extended his major league-leading RBI total to 22 and his hitting streak to 10 games.

James Loney gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a two-out homer to the second deck in right field.

Kershaw (1-0), the NL Cy Young winner, struck out nine and allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings for his first win this season after no decisions in his first three games this year. .

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