(Reuters) - The Los Angeles Dodgers hammered division rivals San Francisco 9-1 on Monday as pitcher Ted Lilly maintained his spotless start to the season, improving to 4-0.
The 36-year-old gave up the tying run at the top of the sixth inning but the Dodgers hit back right away with two runs before adding another in the seventh and five in the eighth.
Lily left the game after the sixth inning having allowed four hits with six strike outs and two walks.
A red-hot Matt Kemp went 3-for-3 at the plate and improved his batting average to .406 a day after he was held out of the starting lineup with a hamstring injury.
The win put Los Angeles (19-10) top of the National League, while San Francisco sank to 14-15.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)