But after a 1-for-4 performance, including a double in the ninth inning, the early National League Most Valuable Player candidate, fresh off a disabled list stint, will look to get the Dodgers back on a winning track on Wednesday in the third game of the four-game set against the Brewers.
Even though the Dodgers went 9-5 without Kemp, the club is just happy they stayed afloat without their All-Star outfielder.
"It is good to get Matt back, to start getting a better view of what we've got a chance to look like on a long-term basis," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We felt as if it was going to be short-term, and we just had to try to survive a period of time. It was really just surviving. What we've been able to accomplish to a point when Matt got hurt was really just that rainy-day fund. It bought us a little time where we could struggle and we could still be right there."
On the mound for the Dodgers will be ace Clayton Kershaw, who picked up the loss against the Astros last Friday, throwing seven innings and allowing five hits, three runs -- two earned -- while walking three and striking out six.
Kershaw is 2-2 in five career starts against the Brewers, with a 4.26 ERA. In his last start against Milwaukee, he threw eight scoreless innings on the road.
The Brewers will also go back to the top of their pitching rotation, with Yovani Gallardo toeing the rubber. The club's ace started last Friday against the D-backs in a 7-1 win, in which he tossed 7 1/3 innings of five-hit, one-run ball.
With catcher Jonathan Lucroy going on the disabled list Monday, it's more crucial than ever for pitching to carry the Brewers' load.
"We have to keep positive, because it's not going to change," pitching coach Rick Kranitz said. "It's just adversity. You can't give up. We've got to play like we did [Monday] night -- a good, clean ballgame. If we do that, with our pitching staff, we should be OK. We're going to give ourselves a chance to win. Everybody has to play through things like this."
Dodgers: Rivera, Uribe hope to be back soon
Manager Don Mattingly said outfielder Juan Rivera, who has been on the disabled list with a left-hamstring strain since May 9, should be back with the team when they travel to Colorado on Friday.
Mattingly added Juan Uribe, who hit the disabled list on May 14 with a left wrist injury, is doing better as well.
Brewers: Lucroy's missed on offense and defense
Expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a broken right hand, Jonathan Lucroy's presence behind home plate, where he caught four of the five Brewers' starters, will be missed, just like his offensive prowess.
George Kottaras and call-up Martin Maldonado will shoulder the catching load while Lucroy is out. Kottaras is dealing with a minor hamstring injury himself, so Maldonado made his first Major League start against the Dodgers on Tuesday, and batted 1-for-3.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Kottaras was feeling better after gutting his way through Monday's game on a balky left hamstring. He felt cramping while running the bases on Sunday, and remains day-to-day.
The Brewers used their seventh different starting pitcher this season on Tuesday. The club used just six starters in 2011, fewest in the Majors.
The Dodgers recalled right-hander Nathan Eovaldi from Double-A Chattanooga to make Tuesday's start against the Brewers. The corresponding move was lefty Michael Antonini moving back to Triple-A Albuquerque.