NEW YORK (CBS/AP) – Matt Kemp homered in his first at-bat following his walk-off homer on Wednesday afternoon, and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened a 10-game road-trip by beating the New York Mets, 7-6 on Friday night.
Kemp wasn’t the only Dodger to homer at the spacious Citi Field, Luis Cruz hit his first career homer in the third inning, giving Los Angeles a 6-2 lead.
“I’m very happy. Today is a big day for me,” Cruz said. “That guy is one of the best pitchers in the league.”
Mets starter Johan Santana was tagged for six runs in three innings of work.
“We know what Johan’s capable of. We hopped out on him early, worked counts and got good pitches to hit and kind of made him pay for his mistakes,” Kemp said. “Usually he’s hitting spots and his stuff is a little bit better. I just think he was a little off today.”
Los Angeles had a 7-4 lead in the seventh inning, when New York inched closer on Jordany Valdespin’s fourth pinch-hit homer of the season, cutting the Dodgers’ lead to 7-6.
Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 17th save of the season.