Kemp's HR in 10th spoils Harper's strong debut
Saturday, April 28, 2012
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Matt Kemp homered leading off the 10th inning, spoiling Bryce Harper's major league debut and lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.
Harper hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth before Washington's bullpen wasted a 3-1 lead in the bottom half.
Kemp drove a 1-2 pitch off Tom Gorzelanny (1-1) to center field for his majors-leading 11th home run, breaking the Dodgers record for long balls in April set by Gary Sheffield in 2000. Kemp tossed his helmet as he galloped from third to home plate, where he was mobbed by teammates.
Jamey Wright (1-0) pitched a perfect inning for the win.