The surging Dodgers are expected to be without their star center fielder for another extended period as they seek their ninth consecutive road win and 22nd in 27 games overall Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.
After missing 11 games with a sore left shoulder, Kemp went 3 for 4 with a home run, double and three RBIs before suffering a left ankle sprain while sliding into home plate in the ninth inning of Sunday's 9-2 win over Washington.
X-rays were negative, but manager Don Mattingly said Monday he was less optimistic that Kemp would avoid a return to the DL."I'm probably not feeling as good about it as I did yesterday," Mattingly said. "It could go the wrong direction. Either this thing's going to get (better) and we'll know pretty quickly or it's going to be a little more severe."
Los Angeles (51-47) didn't have much of a problem without Kemp on Monday, pounding out 16 hits and setting a season high for runs in a 14-5 victory over the last-place Blue Jays.
The team also extended its longest road streak since a nine-game run July 3-26, 2004, and moved into sole possession of first place in he NL West.
A.J. Ellis led the way with career highs of four hits, including a homer, and five RBIs for the Dodgers, winners of four straight. They have totaled 23 runs and 31 hits in their last two games.
Hanley Ramirez continued his red-hot stretch, picking up two more hits and two runs scored. He's batting .430 with nine homers and 28 RBIs in his last 30 games."We have a deep lineup," slugger Adrian Gonzalez said. "If you can just stay within the zone, it'll be really tough on the opposing pitcher."
The Dodgers will try to keep rolling against scheduled Toronto starter Todd Redmond (1-1, 4.32 ERA), who makes his third start since moving from the bullpen.
The right-hander has gone 1-0 while allowing five runs and five hits over nine innings in his two starts - both Toronto victories.
Redmond, who has never faced the Dodgers, looks to help the Jays (45-53) avoid their sixth straight loss and 18th in 25 games. They made a season-high five errors Monday."We've put ourselves in a significant hole," infielder Mark DeRosa said. "I don't know if we're capable of coming out of it."
Redmond will be opposed by Chris Capuano (3-6, 4.63), who bounced back with a superb performance in his last start after allowing 13 runs and 17 hits over eight innings in his previous two. The left-hander struck out a season-high eight over 6 1-3 scoreless innings in a 6-1 win against Colorado on July 11."It was pretty obvious the last two starts that I needed to make some sort of adjustment," Capuano said. "(It) was the best I felt this season."
Emilio Bonifacio has gone 7 for 16 with two doubles all-time against Capuano, but he's 6 for 29 overall in his last 14 games.
Teammate Edwin Encarnacion is batting .367 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 15 games against NL opponents, though he's 3 for 17 with two homers lifetime in this matchup.
Toronto's Colby Rasmus is batting .409 over his last 11 contests.
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|July 13, 2013||Yasiel Puig||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left hip|
|July 11, 2013||Yasiel Puig||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left hip|
|July 07, 2013||Stephen Fife||15-Day DL||Right shoulder bursitis|
|July 06, 2013||Matt Kemp||15-Day DL||AC joint irritation, left shoulder|
|July 06, 2013||Matt Kemp||15-Day DL||AC joint irratation, left shoulder|
|June 12, 2013||Yasiel Puig||Day-to-Day||Strained shoulder|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|June 28, 2013||Melky Cabrera||15-Day DL||Left knee tendinitis|
|June 28, 2013||Melky Cabrera||15-Day DL||Left knee tendinitis|
|June 03, 2013||Ramon Ortiz||60-Day DL||Right elbow strain|
|June 02, 2013||Ramon Ortiz||Day-to-Day||Left game - right elbow|
|June 01, 2013||Brandon Morrow||15-Day DL||Right forearm strain|
|May 28, 2013||Brett Lawrie||15-Day DL||Left ankle sprain|
TORONTO (AP) -- Things are going so well for the Los Angeles Dodgers right now, they're starting to believe that anything is possible and any deficit can be overcome.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer, Andre Ethier and Jerry Hairston Jr. added solo shots and the streaking Dodgers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-9 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory and 22nd in 27 games.
"We're starting to be able to throw some big innings together," manager Don Mattingly said. "If you can get to the point where you don't feel like you're out of games, I think that's important."
Gonzalez, Ethier and Mark Ellis each had three RBIs as the Dodgers won their ninth straight road game, matching their longest streak since July 2004.
Even when the Dodgers trailed by five with nine outs remaining, Gonzalez said there was no lack of belief.
"We actually talked about it in one of the pitching changes," Gonzalez said. "When we gathered on the infield we were like, `We're not that far off, especially in this ballpark. You can put up runs in a hurry.' Next inning we put up three and then we put up four in the following inning and took the lead."
Hairston homered in the sixth and Gonzalez erased an 8-6 deficit with a drive to center off Darren Oliver (3-2) in the eighth, his 15th.
"That ball was crushed," Mattingly said.
One out later, Ethier went deep for the seventh time.
"We've got a lot of confidence on this team," Ellis said. "Especially in a ballpark like this, you feel like you're never out of the game. This place is right up there with Colorado and Texas as far as never being out of a ballgame."
Former Blue Jays right-hander Brandon League (4-3) got two outs for the win.
Kenley Jansen allowed J.P. Arencibia's RBI single in the ninth but finished for his 12th save, getting Brett Lawrie to fly out to the warning track in left with two on.
"That last ball, I'm thinking it's going," Mattingly said. "That ball was real close."
Jose Reyes , Jose Bautista and Mark DeRosa homered for the struggling Blue Jays, who closed their clubhouse for a players-only meeting before the game but couldn't hold onto an 8-3 lead after six innings.
"Today was a good day to do it," Bautista said. "After the (All-Star) break we were hoping to come out of the gate strong and we didn't. So it was a good time to do it. It went well, we aired some things out."
Toronto has lost a season-worst six straight and 13 of 17.
"It doesn't get any worse than that, considering where we're at," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
DeRosa hit his sixth homer in the fourth and Bautista hit his 23rd in the fifth, chasing Dodgers left-hander Chris Capuano . Reyes went deep for the sixth time in the sixth, connecting off Carlos Marmol in his Los Angeles debut.
Marmol allowed three runs and four hits in 1 2-3 innings.
"A little good, a little bad," Mattingly said.
Reyes hit an RBI double and Bautista singled home a run in the third, but the Dodgers answered with two in the fourth on Ethier's double and Ellis' single.
Toronto reclaimed the lead in the bottom half. DeRosa hit a one-out homer, and Rajai Davis doubled and scored on Lawrie's sacrifice fly.
Marmol came on after Bautista homered in the fifth, but couldn't contain the damage. Arencibia doubled to begin the sixth and scored on Lawrie's single, and Reyes followed with a line-drive homer to right.
Los Angeles cut it to 8-6 with a three-run seventh against All-Star reliever Brett Cecil . Ethier drew a bases-loaded walk and Ellis hit a two-run single. The Dodgers left the bases loaded when Ethier was forced out at home plate on Nick Punto 's comebacker.
Carl Crawford singled off Oliver to begin the eighth and Yasiel Puig walked before Gonzalez homered on a 1-1 pitch.
"For me, Adrian's been our guy all year," Mattingly said. "I know Hanley (Ramirez) has been really hot, but Adrian has just been there the whole season for us. He doesn't get the same attention because he's kind of been consistent."
Neither starter figured in the decision. Blue Jays right-hander Todd Redmond allowed three runs and seven hits in a career-high 5 2-3 innings. He matched his career high with six strikeouts.
Capuano allowed five runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp sat out his second straight game with a sore left ankle. Kemp is expected to miss the entire three-game series.
NOTES: The Dodgers opened a roster spot for Marmol by placing RHP Jose Dominguez on the 15-day DL with a strained left quadriceps. ... The Blue Jays bumped OF Melky Cabrera up from fifth to second in the order, dropping Bautista to third and Edwin Encarnacion to fourth. ... Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt will be away from the team for several days following the death of his mother-in-law, Mattingly said. Bullpen coach Chuck Crim will replace Honeycutt, and minor league pitching coordinator Rafael Chaves will take over for Crim.