Matt Kemp had four hits, falling a triple shy of the cycle, and four RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers used a rare offensive outburst to beat the San Diego Padres 8-2 Wednesday to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
Los Angeles, which has scuffled for the better part of a month, entered the game tied with Milwaukee, 4 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card berth.
Kemp singled and scored in the first inning, hit a two-run double in the fourth and drove a two run homer well over the fence in center in the sixth, his 20th. His four hits and four RBIs tied his season highs. In 17 games against San Diego this year, he's hitting .407 with seven homers and 19 RBIs.
The Dodgers won for just the 13th time in 33 games since Aug. 19, the last time they were in first place in the NL West. They then went into a dive and were overhauled by the San Francisco Giants, who clinched the division title Friday night with an 8-4 win against the Padres.
Juan Rivera hit a solo homer,...