Final Score: Los Angeles 2, San Diego 1
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - On a night when the Dodgers got their big
guns back into the lineup, it was another rather unexpected Dodger who
played the role of hero on Friday.
Prior to the game, Los Angeles activated Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier from the
15-day disabled list, but it was Mark Ellis' sixth inning home run that
pushed the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres in the opener of
a three-game series at Chavez Ravine.
"I saw the ball good," Ellis said. "He kept it up a little and I was able to
hit it down the line."
Kemp notched two hits in his return after missing 51 of the Dodgers' previous
53 games due to a lingering hamstring injury. Ethier had been on the shelf
since June 28 due to a left oblique strain and went 0-for-2 in the victory
for Los Angeles, which snapped a three-game skid.
Clayton Kershaw (7-5) allowed one run on six hits and three walks with six
strikeouts over six solid innings to collect the win. Javy Guerra and Ronald
Belisario contributed scoreless relief innings before Kenley Jansen slammed
the door in the ninth to earn his 16th save of the season.
Clayton Richard (6-10) pitched well in defeat, allowing two runs on five hits
with no walks over 7 1/3 innings. Everth Cabrera accounted for the lone run
with an RBI groundout for the Padres, who have dropped four straight games.
With the Dodgers trailing, 1-0 after 5 1/2 frames, Jerry Hairston Jr. was able
to reach first base on a fielder's choice with one down. Ellis followed and
hooked a 1-2 slider from Richard down the left field line and just inside the
foul pole to give Los Angeles the lead for good.
"It was one pitch, one big pitch, one big hit," Padres manager Bud Black said
of Ellis' home run. "Clayton (Richard) pitched great. I bet he wishes he could
get that one breaking ball back though."
The Los Angeles bullpen shut down the struggling San Diego offense the rest of
the way to seal the win and maintain its slim half-game lead atop the National
Earlier, San Diego struck first in the second inning. Yasmani Grandal doubled
to start the frame and Yonder Alonso followed with a walk. Grandal advanced to
third on a groundout by Cameron Maybin and scored on another groundout by
Cabrera to put the Padres in front.
Los Angeles improved to 19-14 in one-run games this season...The Dodgers went
24-27 in the games that Kemp missed...To make room for Ethier and Kemp,
Los Angeles optioned outfielders Elian Herrera and Scott Van Slyke to
Triple-A Albuquerque...San Diego finished 0-for-12 with runners in scoring
position and stranded 10 men on base.
07/14 01:30:04 ET
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