LOS ANGELES -- The San Diego Padres have their own Killer B's -- Josh Barfield, Mark Bellhorn and Geoff Blum.
"That'll work. I kind of like that ring," said Barfield, whose tiebreaking, two-run homer triggered a five-run eighth inning that carried the Padres to an 11-5 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday night. Bellhorn and Blum also homered, helping the defending NL West champions extend their winning streak to four games.
"The dimensions here are smaller than at PETCO, and it's more of a hitter's park. But the guys who hit the homers tonight really hit them good," Padres right fielder Brian Giles said.
San Diego starter Chris Young left with a 4-1 lead in the seventh before pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz hit a three-run homer off Scott Cassidy (1-0). Young was charged with three runs and three hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Saenz's homer was the eighth of his career as a pinch-hitter and fourth in that role with the Dodgers. It also snapped a scoreless streak of 14 2/3 innings by Cassidy.
"It came at a good time, and we got the game tied. But it didn't work out," Saenz said. "It doesn't mean anything to me now because we lost the game."
San Diego bounced back in the eighth against Franquelis Osoria (0-2), who gave up a leadoff single by Vinny Castilla and Barfield's third homer of the season.
"I haven't hit a home run in B.P. all year -- not even in spring training," Barfield said. "I just try and hit the ball hard every day. Tonight I was able to have good at-bats every time, stay within myself and not chase pitches. That's what kind of got me in trouble the last few days."
Two pitches later, Blum hit his first career pinch-homer while batting for Cassidy. It was the first time the Padres hit back-to-back home runs this season, and the 100th time in the franchise's 38-year history.
"We've been swinging the bats well the last four or five days," Barfield said. "So even when they got that home run, we knew we were going to come back and score some more. And with the bullpen we have, we're not worried about them adding on."
Dave Roberts scored San Diego's eighth run on a wild pitch, and Rob Bowen capped the five-run rally with a sacrifice fly. Blum and Mike Cameron added RBI singles in the ninth.
Andre Ethier, playing in his second big league game, homered in the ninth for the Dodgers against Dewon Brazelton.
Cameron ignited a three-run seventh with a single against reliever Tim Hamulack, who walked Mike Piazza with two out. Bowen came in to run for Piazza, but it became moot when Bellhorn drove the next pitch over the fence in left field for his second homer of the season and a 4-1 lead.
"It's still a big ballpark, but it plays a little fairer than PETCO -- especially in the gaps and to center field," Barfield said. "I mean, that ball Ethier hit in the ninth, that's a can of corn at PETCO."
Dodgers starter Jae Seo allowed a run and five hits in six innings, striking out four and walking three. The right-hander walked his first batter, then retired the next 11 before Piazza ended the string with a double to right-center with two out in the fourth. Piazza also singled in the sixth against his former New York Mets batterymate.
The Padres left the bases loaded in the fifth and sixth innings, but didn't get discouraged.
"You leave the bases loaded a couple of times, that's usually a bad omen," Cameron said. "But we continued to but guys out there and give ourselves opportunities, and eventually we capitalized."
J.D. Drew beat out a dribbler to shortstop for a hit with two out in the Dodgers fourth and stole second against Piazza. Young pitched around Jeff Kent and walked him, but Bill Mueller looked at a third strike to end the threat. Mueller, the only Dodger to play in all 28 games, is in a 2-for-24 skid.
Cameron, who missed the Padres' first 17 games because of a strained oblique muscle on his left side, struck out his first three times up before getting singles in his next three at-bats. Last Sunday, his infield hit triggered a five-run ninth-inning rally that helped the defending NL West champions beat the Dodgers in 10 innings and avoid a three-game sweep.
"There's nobody frustrated in here. Nobody," Saenz said. "How can you be frustrated on May 3rd, man? You've got to go home if you're frustrated. It's a difficult loss, and it's pretty easy to get down and let those kind of games let you out. But, hey, you've got to flush it and stay strong mentally, come here the next day and try to turn things around."
Piazza, who spent his first six-plus seasons in the big leagues with the Dodgers, had thrown out only two of 24 runners trying to steal against him this season. ... Flags flew at half-staff during the opening game of the Dodgers' eight-game homestand and a moment of silence was observed for Steve Howe, the former Dodgers reliever, who was killed last Friday at age 48 when he rolled his pickup truck in Coachella, Calif.