LOS ANGELES -- Matt Kemp has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball since the All-Star break.
The Dodgers' center fielder drove in the winning run in the 10th inning of a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.
Kemp homered for the second game in a row and hit his third in the past two days, tagging Atlanta lefty Alex Wood for a solo shot in the second inning Wednesday. He accounted for all three runs in the Dodgers' win, driving in two and scoring one.
"Just getting good pitches to hit, being more selective, being patient," said Kemp, who recorded his ninth walk-off hit. "That's the key to good hitting, getting good pitches you can drive and working the pitcher into making a mistake."
Kemp is batting .436 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in the 11 games since the All-Star break. He homered twice and drove in four runs Tuesday in an 8-4 win over the Braves. He became the seventh Dodger to eclipse 600 RBIs. His 168 home runs are just three shy of tying Pedro Guerrero on the L.A. Dodgers' all-time list.
Overall, Kemp is hitting .288 with 11 homers and 46 RBIs this season.
He also got a boost of confidence from the Dodgers on Wednesday, when general manager Ned Colletti said he had no intention of dealing Kemp before Thursday's trade deadline.
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--RHP Zack Greinke had his best outing of the season, according to Dodger manager Don Mattingly. Greinke struck out a season-high 13 and gave up a run on five hits with a walk in eight innings, but he did not factor into the decision. Greinke, who threw 110 pitches (83 strikes), struck out leadoff hitter B.J. Upton four times. "Good game all the way around," said Greinke, who has five double-digit strikeout performances this year. The 13 strikeouts were the second most in his career, trailing the 15 Cleveland Indians he fanned on Aug. 25, 2009, when he pitched for the Kansas City Royals. "Everything was working pretty good. Didn't throw many curves, but the few (I did) were located OK. For the most part, everything was pretty good."
--RHP Jonathan Martinez was sent to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday to complete the trade for INF Darwin Barney. Martinez, 20, had a 7-5 record with a 3.47 ERA in 19 starts at Class A Great Lakes. Martinez was signed as an undrafted free agent on May 31, 2011, out of Venezuela.
--INF Darwin Barney was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday. Barney, who was acquired in a trade Monday with the Chicago Cubs, has a .990 fielding percentage at 2B, 3B and SS in five seasons. Barney will get work at third and shortstop at Albuquerque.
--RHP Kenley Jansen blew his fourth save in 35 opportunities Wednesday night when OF Justin Upton took him deep and tied the score in the ninth inning of the Dodgers' 3-2 victory. Jansen hadn't given up a run since June 21. It snapped a string of 13 1/3 scoreless innings.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Just getting good pitches to hit, being more selective, being patient. That's the key to good hitting, getting good pitches you can drive and working the pitcher into making a mistake." -- LF Matt Kemp, who homered for the second game in a row and drove in all three runs in a 3-2, 10th-inning win vs. the Braves on Wednesday.
--INF Chone Figgins (strained left quadriceps) went on the 15-day disabled list June 14. He performed fielding and hitting drills beginning June 30. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on July 17.
--INF Erisbel Arruebarrena (right hip flexor strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 5. He began a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Arizona League on July 23. He transferred his rehab to Triple-A Albuquerque on July 25, then to Class A Rancho Cucamonga on July 27.
--RHP Chad Billingsley (Tommy John surgery in April 2013, partially torn flexor tendon) went on the 15-day disabled list March 19, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 30. He underwent season-ending elbow surgery June 24.
--RHP Chris Withrow (torn right elbow ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list May 29, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 6. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery June 3.
--LHP Onelki Garcia (left elbow surgery in November 2013) went on the 60-day disabled list retroactive to March 14.
LHP Clayton Kershaw
RHP Zack Greinke
RHP Josh Beckett
RHP Dan Haren
LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu
RHP Kenley Jansen (closer)
RHP Chris Perez
LHP J.P. Howell
RHP Jamey Wright
RHP Brandon League
RHP Brian Wilson
LHP Paul Maholm
1B Adrian Gonzalez
2B Dee Gordon
SS Hanley Ramirez
3B Juan Uribe
INF Justin Turner
INF Miguel Rojas
LF Matt Kemp
CF Andre Ethier
RF Yasiel Puig
OF Carl Crawford
OF Scott Van Slyke
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