Following a late-game collapse on Sunday, the Los Angeles Dodgers were back on the field Tuesday afternoon looking to bounce back. Dodgers nemesis Ian Kennedy was on the mound for the San Diego Padres and got off to a rough start. Carl Crawford got the first inning started with a single and subsequently stole second base. On the steal, Crawford advanced to third as Yasmani Grandal’s throw skipped into center field. Yasiel Puig then stepped in with Crawford standing on third with no outs and deposited a 2-1 pitch an estimated 410 feet into the left field stands to give the Dodgers an early 2-0 lead.
Greinke retired the Padres in order in the bottom of the first inning and did the same in the second, striking out two. Crawford and Puig were unable to duplicate their success from the first inning when they batted again in the third. Crawford struck out and Puig was robbed of a hit on an over the shoulder catch by Yonder Alonso. Hanley Ramirez closed out the top of the third with his second ground out of the game. Greinke continued rolling in the bottom half of the third, again retiring the Padres in order.
Adrian Gonzalez nearly added to the Dodgers lead in the fourth, sending Chris Denorfia to the deepest part of Petco Park for a loud out. Following an Andre Ethier strikeout, Juan Uribe ignited a two-out rally with a double, advancing to third on an error by Jedd Gyorko. A.J. Ellis drew a walk to put runners on the corners for Dee Gordon, who singled to center, scoring Uribe. Kennedy then got Greinke to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the top half of the fourth.
After retiring Everth Cabrera for the first out in the bottom of the fourth, Padres left fielder Seth Smith ended Greinke’s perfect day with a solo home run to pull the Padres within 3-1. It was Smith’s second home run of the series, with his first coming off Brian Wilson to tie the game on Sunday. Greinke recovered, getting Chase Headley to strikeout and Alonso to ground out as the game moved to the fifth inning.
The Padres had runners on first and third in the bottom of the fifth when Greinke issued a walk on a wild pitch, which allowed Gyorko to score from third. Tommy Medica pinch hit for Kennedy, but was caught looking on a called strike three for the second out and Cabrera flied out as Greinke escaped the inning. Alex Torres came on in relief for Kennedy in the sixth and worked around an Ethier walk and Uribe infield single. Paco Rodriguez took over for Greinke, who pitched five innings, struck out five on 94 pitches and exited with the Dodgers winning, 3-2.
Smith singled off Rodriguez, but the left-handed reliever then got Hedley to hit into a double play and struck out Alonso to end the inning. Chone Figgins pinch hit for Rodriguez in the seventh and drew a walk and advanced to second with one out on a Puig single, which came off new pitcher Nick Vincent. The Dodgers were unable to cash in however, as Ramirez continued to struggle, flying out to right field and Gonzalez grounded out.
Chris Withrow took over for Rodriguez in seventh, struck out the leadoff batter and got two fly ball outs to end the inning after Will Venebale reached on an error. Joaquin Benoit came on in the eighth and retired the Dodgers in order, setting the stage for another bottom of the eighth inning with the Dodgers clinging to a one-run lead.
Withrow took the mound to make his warmup pitches, but was pulled in favor of J.P. Howell with the Padres sending Xavier Nady to the plate. Howell got Nady to ground out, but Cabrera singled to center and Smith walked to put the go ahead run on with one out. Headley then hit into a double play and Howell was out of the jam.
Dale Thayer relieved Benoit in the ninth and retired the Dodgers in order and Kenley Jansen took the mound for the Dodgers looking to close it out. Alonso led the inning off with a single, but Jansen got Gyorko to fly out to Ethier. A single by Venable put runners on the corners before Jansen recorded another strikeout. He walked the bases loaded with two outs. Jansen got Nick Hundley to strike out to give the Dodgers the win.
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