Final Score: Los Angeles 6, San Diego 5 (11 innings)
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 and knocked in the
go-ahead run in the 11th inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers snuck past the San
Diego Padres, 6-5, in the third test of a four-game series.
Gordon also scored twice and stole three bases for the Dodgers, who have
started the year with three straight victories for the first time since 1999.
A.J. Ellis went 2-for-3 with a solo homer for Los Angeles. Andre Ethier and
Matt Kemp each drove in two runs.
"This was a big win for us. It kind of showed a different way that we can win
games and a lot of guys stepped up," said Ellis. "It was just a really good
Chris Capuano got the start for LA and gave up four runs on two hits and five
walks over 4 2/3 innings. Todd Coffey (1-0) pitched a scoreless 10th to pick
up his first win in a Dodgers uniform.
Chase Headley, Jesus Guzman, Nick Hundley and Orlando Hudson all knocked in a
run for the Padres, who are off to an 0-3 start for the first time since 2003.
San Diego starter Dustin Moseley allowed five runs on five hits in five full
frames. Anthony Bass (0-1) gave up one run on two hits in two innings of
relief to take the loss.
Bass stayed on the mound for San Diego after tossing a scoreless 10th. Ellis
led off the 11th with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and
crossed the plate on Gordon's single to right for a 6-5 lead.
Javy Guerra stranded a runner on second in the home 11th to pick up his second
save of the season.
"We just couldn't break through. After we scored the five runs, we just
couldn't mount any pressure on their bullpen," Padres manager Bud Black said.
The Dodgers scored five runs over the first four innings to jump out to an
early lead. Gordon started the game with a single, stole second, moved to
third on Mark Ellis' groundout and scored on Kemp's sacrifice fly.
Los Angeles tacked on three more runs in the third. With two outs, Gordon got
things started with a walk. Mark Ellis also walked before Kemp hit an RBI
single to center. Ethier added a two-run double to right-center field.
A.J. Ellis' solo homer to left in the fourth made it a 5-0 game.
But San Diego got all five runs back in the fifth. With one out, Jason
Bartlett singled and pinch-hitter Kyle Blanks walked. After Cameron Maybin
grounded into a fielder's choice, Chris Denorfia walked to load the bases.
Headley also walked to force in a run. Jamey Wright then came in from the
But Wright also failed to find the strike zone. He walked Guzman and Hundley
to force in two more runs. Scott Elbert took over on the mound next and threw
a wild pitch that allowed another run to score. Yonder Alonso was hit by a
pitch to load the bases. Hudson followed with an RBI single to left to make it
5-5. Hundley was tagged out between third and home to end the frame.
Capuano signed with the Dodgers this offseason after spending last year with
the New York Mets. Capuano went 11-12 a year ago with a 4.55 earned run
average in 33 games (31 starts)...Moseley battled a pair of shoulder
dislocations last season before shutting it down in late July to have surgery.
He was only 3-10 last season, but run support was a problem, as he pitched to
a career-best 3.30 ERA.
04/08 02:10:49 ET
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