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Kemp homers, hurts ankle; Dodgers top Nats 9-2

Monday - 7/22/2013, 1:55am  ET

Los Angeles Dodgers' fielder Matt Kemp reacts after being hurt and called out against the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Sunday, July 21, 2013, in Washington. The Dodgers won 9-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

JOSEPH WHITE
AP Sports Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Matt Kemp returned to the lineup with a home run and a double in the second inning, then limped off the field in the ninth.

A too-good-to-be-true day for the Los Angeles Dodgers turned out to be just that. They completed a sweep of the Washington Nationals on Sunday with a 9-2 win that kept them a half-game out of first place in the NL West.

The game marked the first time Kemp, Hanley Ramirez and Carl Crawford were in the starting lineup at the same time. It might be a few days before it happens again -- because Kemp hurt his left ankle sliding into home plate on a force play, a needless injury that came from lack of hustle.

"It's not bad. I hope it's not bad," Kemp said. "The biggest thing will be tomorrow when I wake up and see how it feels."

Manager Don Mattingly said the injury appeared to be a sprain, and that no X-rays were planned. Nor did he expect Kemp to return to the disabled list.

"That's what I said last time, too," Mattingly said with a chuckle.

Activated from the 15-day DL before the game -- he had left shoulder inflammation following offseason surgery -- Kemp led off the second with a homer that bounced among the cherry trees beyond the left-field stands. He then doubled home Andre Ethier in a seven-run inning against Jordan Zimmermann (12-5), quickly turning a much-anticipated matchup of All-Star aces into a rout.

Clayton Kershaw (9-6) allowed two runs and two hits over seven innings with nine strikeouts and no walks, putting his major league-best ERA at 2.01.

The Dodgers were 9
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