Instead, he may have run himself in the opposite direction -- back to the sideline for an uncertain amount of time.
The Dodgers will hope for the best for their All-Star center fielder, who will undergo an MRI exam Thursday, as they take the field to try to avoid a four-game sweep from the Brewers on Thursday evening.
After missing more than two weeks with a left hamstring injury, Kemp re-aggravated it pulling into third on Ethier's double before scoring.
The early MVP candidate was seen snapping a bat over his knee upon entering the dugout.
Unlike the rest of the National League, the Brewers have had the Dodgers' number of late, winning the first three games of the series in Los Angeles despite dealing with plenty of injuries of their own, including the loss of catcher Jonathan Lucroy with a broken hand.
"That club last year was in the playoffs," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "They've got good pitching over there. ... We know they're wounded, a lot like us. Doesn't make them less dangerous. [Brewers manager Ron Roenicke] does a good job, they play hard every day, they're not going to go away."
The Dodgers will send Chad Billingsley to the mound Thursday looking to snap his club's season-long losing streak. Billingsley allowed three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in seven innings in his last outing Friday against Houston. He walked three and struck out six while taking the loss.
The Brewers will counter with Zack Greinke, who was roughed up in his last outing, an 8-5 loss to the D-backs. Greinke lasted just 2 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on 10 hits and three walks. The 28-year-old gave up eight runs to the Cubs on April 12 but had not surrendered more than three in an outing since.
"This was bad," he said after the game Saturday. "That was just rockets getting hit everywhere. That was some of the worst pitching you'll ever see in your life, if you watch that one."
Brewers: Owner still sees contenders
Even though his team has a record well below .500 and is hobbled by injuries after more than 50 games this season, Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio is not backing down.
"We still think we can win," Attanasio said. "We have great pitching. We have Ryan [Braun], Corey [Hart], Aramis [Ramirez], and I'm going to add Rickie [Weeks], who can by themselves carry a team. Any of those guys by themselves can carry a team, and has carried a team.
"You never want to see anybody get hurt, but we're going to see now some of our younger players who we wouldn't otherwise get an opportunity to see."
Attanasio said he has kept an even keel during the Brewers' disappointing start, with one exception. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy's hand injury, which will cost him about six weeks, hit the owner particularly hard.
"The only time I got down all year was when I heard about Jonathan," Attanasio said. "I was excited for him. I thought he was going to go to the All-Star Game."
Dodgers: Sellers might need more time
Manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday infielder Justin Sellers might need more than 15 days to return from the disabled list, which the Dodgers placed him on last Friday.
Sellers, who is suffering from a bulging disk, received an epidural shot for the pain, but he still hasn't participated in any baseball activity.
"I don't think we're on track for 15 with Justin," Mattingly said.
Sellers was batting .205 with a homer and two RBIs in 19 games this season.
Ryan Braun recorded his 10th stolen base of the season Tuesday to go along with his 14 home runs. In doing so, he became the first player in the Majors this year with double digits of each.
Before Wednesday, the Dodgers were the only team in the Majors yet to lose three consecutive games this season.