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LOS ANGELES -- Matt Kemp made his return from the disabled list a memorable one.

Kemp made a sprinting catch deep in center field to preserve a tense 6-5 win for the Los Angeles Dodgers over the visiting San Francisco Giants on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

Embattled Dodgers reliever Brandon League entered the ninth inning with a 6-3 lead before allowing two runs on three hits with no outs. He was replaced by Paco Rodriguez, who allowed a hit but retired two straight to face Marco Scutaro with two runners on and Buster Posey on deck.

Scutaro drilled a shot to center, but Kemp got a great jump and showed little wear from a hamstring strain that cost him nearly a month.

The catch wrapped up the Dodgers' season-high fourth straight win in a matchup of raw vs. even more raw: The two starting pitchers, Los Angeles' Stephen Fife and San Francisco's Mike Kickham, had less than a dozen starts between them.

Fife allowed just four hits and three runs in 6 2/3 innings in his sixth start of the season to pick up his second win.

Kickham lasted just 5 1/3 innings and surrendered eight hits and six runs (five earned) -- a marked improvement on his debut, when he allowed four hits and four runs in 2 1/3 innings in a 6-3 loss at Oakland on May 28.

The Dodgers punished Kickham up and down the lineup as four players tallied multiple hits and all but the pitcher slot and, surprisingly, Yasiel Puig registered hits.

Mark Ellis, Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier, Tim Federowicz each had multi-hit games and Kemp slid into the No. 5 hole, where he went 1-for-4.

Brandon Belt went 3-for-4 with a home run, double and two RBIs and Hunter Pence added two hits and two runs for San Francisco.

The usually homer-unhappy Dodger Stadium was a blastoff zone as the teams combined for three home runs in the first six innings.

Mark Ellis had a two-run home run in the third inning to stake the Dodgers an early lead.

Andres Torres tied the game at two in the fifth inning on an RBI groundout to second, after Buster Posey got the Giants on the scoreboard in the fourth inning with a solo home run, his ninth homer of the season.

Los Angeles took the lead in the sixth inning on Hanley Ramirez's two-run home run and added two more runs in the inning to give Fife a 6-2 lead.

NOTES: Kemp hit .251 with just two home runs and 17 RBIs in his first 51 games before going on the disabled list in late May. Kemp batted 2-for-11 for Triple-A Albuquerque. ... To make room for Kemp, the Dodgers optioned INF Elian Herrera to Triple-A Albuquerque. ... Los Angeles OF Scott Van Slyke is scheduled to continue his rehab assignment on Wednesday with Class A Rancho Cucamonga. ... Giants INF Joaquin Arias strained his hamstring while scoring Monday and the injury is expected to sideline him for the rest of the series and possibly in San Francisco's next series at Colorado. ... Giants INF Angel Pagan had surgery to repair a torn left hamstring, which could keep him out for up to three months.
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