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Yasiel Puig was absent from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ lineup Friday as they looked to win their third consecutive game.
San Diego Padres starter Andrew Cashner frustrated the Dodgers through the first two innings of the game, including striking out the side in the second. The Dodger defense let Dan Haren down in the bottom of the second inning as they were unable to turn a double play.
Dee Gordon fielded a ground ball and threw wide of Hanley Ramirez at second base, which left the Padres with runners on second and third with none out. Rene Rivera’s sacrifice fly pushed the Padres ahead, 1-0.
Justin Turner and A.J. Ellis hit consecutive singles to leadoff the third inning and Cashner faced his first bit of trouble. Haren struck out on a bunt attempt and Gordon went down swinging to leave the Dodgers on the verge of squandering the scoring opportunity.
Hanley Ramirez went inside-out on a fastball and hit a game-tying RBI double just inside the first base line. The hit was Ramirez’s second since returning from the disabled list Aug. 24. Cashner reached on a bunt single to leadoff the bottom of the third, but the Padres were unable to capitalize.
The following inning, the Padres mounted a two-out rally beginning with Rivera’s single. Rymer Liriano advanced Rivera 90 feet with his single and the Padres took a 2-1 lead Alexi Amarista’s single to center.
Andre Ethier charged the base hit and likely would have prevented Rivera from scoring had he not let the ball hit off the heel of his glove as he attempted to field it.
Turner hit a leadoff double in the fifth inning and took third on Ellis’ grounder to second base. Following a Haren strikeout, Gordon hit a shot to deep right-center that Liriano tracked down and made the catch just before crashing into the fence.
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