Torre said it felt like "air coming out of the balloon" when the Dodgers lost control of a game they had led since Matt Kemp hit his first leadoff homer of the year before Manny Ramirez stroked a two-run homer in the first.Still, Torre said players were feeling confident and yelling "Let's go" in the dugout. "We had that feeling, everybody's coming together and swinging the bat really well, and you never know who's going to get that big hit," said Kemp, who started the inning with a single to bring up Ethier. It ended up being Ethier, whose fifth-inning homer set a career high with 14 on a day in which he recorded his second career multihomer game. He tied Kemp for the team lead with his winner. Ethier has been hot his past 10 games, batting .357 with four homers, eight RBIs and 11 runs scored. Before the comeback, Clayton Kershaw was in line for his third career win by pitching six innings of one-run ball, giving up eight hits and striking out six. The young left-hander threw his fifth consecutive quality start after going eight straight appearances without such an outing, compiling a 1.45 ERA during his current hot streak. "Clayton struggled a little bit in this one where he didn't have his command that he had in the last few starts, but that's an important sign that he was able to just get outs when he needed to," Torre said. "It's just another day in the classroom for him." Added Ethier, "If he goes out there and pitches that way every day, then we have a good shot at winning." With the D-backs losing to Houston earlier in the day, the Dodgers moved back into a tie for first place in the National League West with their sixth win in seven games against NL contenders Philadelphia and Milwaukee this homestand. After rolling through what appeared to be a tough week on paper, the Dodgers' schedule eases up quite a bit the rest of the way. Besides a four-game series at Philadelphia -- which Los Angeles swept this week -- and six games against Arizona, the Dodgers do not face another opponent with a record better than 12 games under .500. "We're pretty confident right now," Torre said. "We have a feeling that we can do some special things."
Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less