Gwynn taking advantage while filling in for Kemp

Gwynn taking advantage while filling in for Kemp

LOS ANGELES -- With Matt Kemp expected to be activated from the disabled list for Tuesday's game, Tony Gwynn's playing time will decrease considerably in the near future. Until then, the center fielder is making the most of his opportunity in the lineup.

Gwynn did just that Saturday night when he delivered a key two-run single off Astros starter Bud Norris with two outs in the fourth to give the Dodgers a one-run lead.

"He made some tough pitches early, but in this game we have to be able to capitalize on mistakes and he left a breaking ball over the middle of the plate," Gwynn said. "Although I was coming out and pulling off, my hands stayed on it and I hit it hard enough through the hole."

Gwynn admitted he wasn't his best mechanically Saturday, as he went hitless in four other at-bats. But his two RBIs were pivotal in the 6-3 victory.

The center fielder has gotten a hit in his last nine starts and he has hit .304 in May. As for his future in the lineup once Kemp returns, Gwynn said he's not worried about it and he's simply living his life day to day.

"I'm not trying to put too much pressure on myself," he said. "I'm just trying to have good at-bats every day and sometimes I get one hit and sometimes I get a couple. It's been working out for me so far."