The Los Angeles Dodgers took their three-game winning streak on the road Friday as they were back on the field for the first time since Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter.
Looking to continue their success against San Diego Padres starter Ian Kennedy, the Dodgers got an early boost from Dee Gordon who hit a leadoff triple and scored on a throwing error. Adrian Gonzalez then hit a two-out double and came around to score on a Matt Kemp single.
With a two-run lead, Dan Haren retired the first two batters in the bottom of the first inning, then surrendered a solo home run to Seth Smith. Justin Turner led off the second with a double and A.J. Ellis nearly followed with what likely would have been an extra-base hit and RBI had Chris Denorfia not made a diving catch in deep right field.
Turner was able to tag and take third on the catch and the Dodgers had two runners in scoring position after Gordon drew a two-out walk and stole second base. Hanley Ramirez was unable to add to the Dodgers’ lead however as he hit a soft liner to second.
Following a difficult first two innings, Kennedy settled in and retired seven straight before Haren snapped the streak with a bloop leadoff single in the fifth. Gordon hit into a fielder’s choice that erased Haren from the basepaths and the Dodgers second baseman advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch.
Kennedy walked Ramriez to put two on with one and Yasiel Puig stepping in. Kennedy threw his second wild pitch of the inning, which allowed both runners to move into scoring position. With the infield playing in on the grass, Puig was given the green light on a 3-0 pitch and hit an RBI single that skipped off Alexi Amarista’s glove and rolled into shallow left field.
Both Gordon and Ramirez scored and Puig advanced to third on an errant throw to home plate. Gonzalez then gave the Dodgers a 5-1 lead on a sacrifice fly to deep center. Amarista led off the bottom of the fifth with a double just inside the left field line.
Amarista stole third base with one out and scored on pinch-hitter’s Jake Goebbert’s single to right. That would be all the Padres would get as Haren got a fly out and a fielder’s choice to get out of the inning. Smith hit his second home run of the game in the sixth inning to get cut the Dodgers’ lead to 5-3.
Tommy Medica hit a one-out single and after inducing a fielder’s choice, Haren’s night came to an end. J.P. Howell entered the game as part of a double-switch that put Miguel Rojas at third base. Howell walked a runner to put two runners on but got out of the inning with a strikeout.
Howell retired the first batter he faced in the seventh and then gave way to Brandon League, who ended the inning with two consecutive outs. Puig was removed from the game in the eighth after he appeared to walk with a limp following a fly out.
With Brian Wilson taking the mound, Scott Van Slyke replaced Puig and Carlos Triunfel was inserted at shortstop. Smith doubled to deep center on a ball that hit off the heel of Andre Ethier’s glove. Smith would be stranded as Wilson retired the next three batters and needed Van Slyke to stretch out for a line drive after he initially misplayed the ball.
Kenley Jansen entered the game in the ninth, allowed a single and two doubles, which the Padres tied the game on. After a sac-bunt to move the winning run to third base with one out, Everth Cabrera hit a sac-fly to give the Padres a walk-off win.
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