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Recap: Justin Upton Slams Padres To Win Against Carlos Frias, Dodgers

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While Frias allowed a run in the third, it was an improvement on his first two innings of the game. The Dodgers unfortunately couldn’t do the same with their bats as Shields sat them down in order, including striking out Austin Barnes in his first career Major-League at-bat.

After Kemp hit a one-out single in the fourth, Frias retired Upton for the first time by getting the Padres outfielder to ground out to Alex Guerrero. With Kemp now in scoring position, the Dodger right-hander induced another grounder for his first scoreless inning of the game.

Pederson drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fourth, though nothing would come of it. Rollins made solid contact, only to line out to Spangenberg and Gonzalez grounded out to end the inning after Kendrick beat out a would-be double play ball.

Spangenberg singled in the fifth and went first to third on Middlebrooks’ base to left field. Frias’ day came to a close as Paco Rodriguez entered along with Scott Van Slyke, who replaced Gonzalez, as part of the double switch.

Amarista’s sacrifice fly scored the Padres 10th run of the game and Shields nearly added two more but his fly ball was caught on the warning track in left field. The 10 runs Frias was charged with tied a Los Angeles franchise record for a starting pitcher and he became the sixth member of the group — joining Brad Penny, Tom Candiotti, Chan Ho Park, Carlos Perez and Odalis Perez.

Yimi Garcia came on in the sixth and allowed two infield singles, but also picked up two strikeouts in a scoreless inning of relief. Shields continued to breeze his way through the Dodgers lineup in the bottom of the sixth, getting a pair of fly outs and striking out Pederson.

J.P. Howell allowed a one-out single in the seventh but nothing else, keeping the Dodgers deficit at 10-0. Rollins and Kendrick hit back-to-back singles with no outs in the bottom of the seventh to put Shields in his first bit of trouble on the day.

Juan Uribe pinch-hit for Howell and loaded the bases with a bloop single to right field that Venable was unable to make a diving catch on. The Dodgers’ rally was quickly stymied as Andre Ethier hit into a double play, though a run did come across.

Guerrero then added two more with a home run to left field before Shields managed to end the inning with the Dodgers trailing, 10-3. Juan Nicasio ended the Dodgers’ good fortune out of the bullpen as he gave up a leadoff double and RBI single in the eighth.

Abraham Almonte eventually moved into second base on a passed ball, but was thrown out at the plate by Hernandez to end the inning. Dale Thayer took over for the Padres in the eighth and allowed a leadoff single to Barnes, which was his first Major League hit, before retiring the next three batters.

Sergio Santos retired the first two batter faced then ran into some trouble after issuing a two-out walk. Solarte followed with a base hit to left and Venable beat out Guerrero’s throw for an infield single to load the bases. The Padres then left the bases full as Almonte struck out.

Although Santos managed to escape the jam without allowing a run, there wasn’t a dramatic comeback by the Dodgers as they lost, 11-3.

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