Kemp scratched but extends streak in a pinch

Kemp scratched but extends streak in a pinch

DENVER -- Outfielder and cleanup hitter Matt Kemp was a late scratch from Friday night's Dodgers lineup with tightness in his left hamstring.

But the Dodgers' center fielder pinch-hit with one out in the ninth and hit his 19th home run of the season onto the concourse beyond the left-field bleachers at Coors Field. It was the Dodgers' first run of the game and began a five-run rally that fell a run short in a 6-5 loss.

Kemp, a single short of hitting for the cycle Thursday night here against the Rockies and among the National League leaders in just about every offensive category, has now played 269 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Major Leagues.

Kemp told club officials he felt the hamstring tighten during his seventh-inning double Thursday night. He said he tried to stretch it out during Friday night warmups, but came out of the lineup as a precautionary measure.

Kemp was replaced in the lineup by Trent Oeltjen, who was called up Thursday. Oeltjen started in left field and Tony Gwynn, originally in left field, started in center field.