Final Score: San Diego 2, Los Angeles 1
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Edinson Volquez worked seven shutout innings
as the San Diego Padres downed the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-1, in the opener of
a three-game set at Petco Park.
Volquez (11-11) allowed six hits and struck out four to pick up his fourth win
in six starts. It is Volquez's highest season win total since he won 17 games
with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008.
"Everything is working," said Volquez. "My fastball command is better, my
curve, my changeup, everything is better."
Houston Street allowed one run in the ninth, but stranded two runners to notch
his 23rd save of the season.
Yasmani Grandal drove in a run for the Padres, who have won two in a row.
Josh Beckett (1-3) was tagged for two runs -- one earned -- on five hits
while fanning seven in the loss.
Luis Cruz went 3-for-4 and A.J. Ellis drove in the only run for the
Dodgers, who trail the St. Louis Cardinals by 4 1/2 games for the final NL
wild card spot.
The Padres scored one run in both the fourth and fifth innings. With runners
on the corners, Grandal tapped a grounder back to Beckett, allowing Forsythe
to score in the fourth.
Will Venable scored when Beckett's throw on Everth Cabrera's bunt-single
skipped past Adrian Gonzalez at first base.
The Dodgers pulled within 2-1 in the ninth when Ellis doubled home Cruz. Nick
Punto followed with a sacrifice bunt to move Dee Gordon, who replaced Ellis on
the bases, and Mark Ellis walked to put runners on the corners.
Street, however, struck out Andre Ethier and got Matt Kemp to fly out to
end the game.
"Beckett pitched another great game, the bullpen did a great job and we
couldn't score runs the way we should have," said Kemp. "It's kind of the same
thing every time."
San Diego is 66-1 when leading after eight innings ... The Padres have won 12
of Volquez's 18 starts since June 14 ... Los Angeles is 39-40 on the road this
09/26 03:26:12 ET
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