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Ethier's two early home runs carry Billingsley, Dodgers past Padres

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LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier isn't worried where he'll be in the lineup when Manny Ramirez comes back from his suspension.

On a day Ramirez showed up to talk to his teammates, Ethier homered his first two times up to continue his hot hitting and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 6-4 on Tuesday night.

  Manny visits teammates

The defending NL West champions are a major league-best 40-20 and have an 8½ game lead on second-place San Francisco. They are 19-12 without their enigmatic left fielder in the lineup. Barring rainouts, Ramirez is eligible to be reinstated from his 50-game suspension on July 3 when the Dodgers are in San Diego.

"There's a lot of time until that happens, and right now we still have a lot of work to do without him in the lineup," Ethier said. "We'll address that when the time comes, I guess, but we're excited for him to get back. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel."

Chad Billingsley (8-3) overcame a shaky start to tie Johan Santana, Jason Marquis and Matt Cain for the NL lead in wins. The right-hander threw 117 pitches in 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and eight hits only hours after Ramirez made a surprise visit to the clubhouse with 20 games left on his ban for violating Major League Baseball's substance abuse policy.

"It's always good to see the big boy," Orlando Hudson said. "If we can hold on, he'll be back soon. We're counting down the days until he gets back -- and when he does, he'll go on a tear. That's how great he is."

Jonathan Broxton got his 14th save in 16 chances despite giving up an RBI single in the ninth to David Eckstein. It was the first run Broxton has allowed this season at Dodger Stadium in 18 2/3 innings spanning 16 appearances at home.

Young (4-5) was charged with five runs and six hits over five innings in his third consecutive loss. The 6-foot-10 right-hander gave up four home runs for the second time in his six-year career.

The Dodgers, who came in with the fourth-fewest home runs in the NL, took a 4-3 lead when Matt Kemp led off the fifth with his seventh of the season.

Three batters later, Hudson drove a 3-2 pitch barely over the fence in right-center for his fourth home run -- giving Los Angeles a 5-3 lead and ending a drought of 34 games since his last one on April 30 at Dodger Stadium against San Diego's Josh Geer. Even after he knew it was gone, Hudson continued sprinting around the bases.

Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a two-run single for the Padres in the first inning, but Ethier got one of the runs back in the bottom half when he homered just inside the right field pole.

Kemp tied it in the second with a two-out RBI single, and Ethier gave Los Angeles the lead in the third with his second two-out home run -- this one into the right-field pavilion on a first-pitch fastball. Ethier is 12-for-29 lifetime against Young, and six of those hits have been home runs.

"He's a really good major league hitter," Young said. "He's hitting third for the [Los] Angeles Dodgers. And when Manny Ramirez comes back, he'll hit fourth for them. But those pitches he hit out tonight were not well-executed pitches. One was on a 67-mile-an-hour curve ball."

The multi-homer game was the sixth of Ethier's career and fourth this season. The Dodgers' right fielder has hit five of his 11 home runs in his past seven games, following a 24-game drought. He also homered twice Saturday in a 3-2 victory against Philadelphia, hitting his second one in the 12th inning for his second walkoff hit in two nights.

"I feel better about the results," Ethier said. "There were just some minor things I had to work out, but I was still coming to the field confident and ready to go. Sometimes things don't happen the way you want them to, and those kind of stretches will come. But it's how you come out of it and make yourself better."

Notes

  • Padres C Nick Hundley left the game after getting hit on the left wrist by Billingsley in the sixth.
  • Gonzalez walked twice, extending his club-record streak to eight consecutive games with two or more. He leads the majors with 49.
 
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In the third inning, Andre Ethier watches his second home run leave the confines.  (AP)
In the third inning, Andre Ethier watches his second home run leave the confines. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
San Diego

D. Eckstein
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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San Diego Padres
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF4130110 .352
David Eckstein, 2B5131002 .258
Brian Giles, RF5111013 .194
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B2000214 .279
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4012015 .224
Chase Headley, LF4010031 .232
Nick Hundley, C2010000 .241
    Henry Blanco, C1000001 .186
Josh Wilson, SS3000002 .161
   a- Edgar Gonzalez, PH1000010 .211
Chris Young, P1100110 .261
   b- Will Venable, PH1000001 .133
    Edwin Moreno, P0000000 .000
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
   c- Cliff Floyd, PH1000000 .000
Totals34410449  
a-struck out for Wilson in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for C. Young in the 6th
c-grounded out for Meredith in the 9th
Batting
2B - Tony Gwynn Jr. (4, Billingsley), Nick Hundley (7, Billingsley)
RBI - David Eckstein (22), Brian Giles (22), Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (27)
2-OUT RBI - David Eckstein (12), Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (18)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Meredith-Eckstein-Gonzalez
E - Nick Hundley (3, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
Chris Young (L,4-5) 5655114 4.76
Edwin Moreno 1200100 4.42
Mike Adams 1100000 0.00
Cla Meredith 1211200 3.04
IBB - Kemp by Edwin Moreno
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 77-47, Edwin Moreno 22-12, Mike Adams 13-10, Cla Meredith 23-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 5-8, Edwin Moreno 1-2, Cla Meredith 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Young 21, Edwin Moreno 6, Mike Adams 3, Cla Meredith 6
Los Angeles Dodgers
Juan Pierre, LF4000000 .352
Orlando Hudson, 2B4111000 .314
Andre Ethier, RF4232000 .280
James Loney, 1B4000000 .287
Casey Blake, 3B3110100 .293
Russell Martin, C3020100 .258
Rafael Furcal, SS3111100 .244
Matt Kemp, CF3132100 .314
Chad Billingsley, P2000011 .222
    Brent Leach, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Loretta, PH1000003 .250
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
   b- Blake DeWitt, PH1000001 .158
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Totals32611641  
a-flied out for Leach in the 6th
b-grounded into a double play for Troncoso in the 8th
Batting
HR - Orlando Hudson (4, C. Young), Andre Ethier 2 (11, C. Young, C. Young), Matt Kemp (7, C. Young)
RBI - Orlando Hudson (34), Andre Ethier 2 (37), Rafael Furcal (13), Matt Kemp 2 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Hudson (14), Andre Ethier 2 (17), Matt Kemp (12)
SB - Rafael Furcal (4, 3rd base off C. Young/Hundley)
CS - Andre Ethier (2, 2nd base by Adams/Blanco)
PK - Russell Martin (1, C. Young)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Hudson-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley (W,8-3) 5.2833250 2.73
Brent Leach (H,3) 0.1000000 4.22
Ronald Belisario (H,8) 1000010 2.57
Ramon Troncoso (H,4) 1100110 1.64
Jonathan Broxton (S,14) 1111120 1.50
IBB - Gonzalez by Chad Billingsley
HBP - Hundley (by Chad Billingsley)
WP - Chad Billingsley (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 116-74, Brent Leach 1-1, Ronald Belisario 11-7, Ramon Troncoso 16-8, Jonathan Broxton 23-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 3-7, Brent Leach 1-0, Ronald Belisario 1-1, Ramon Troncoso 1-0, Jonathan Broxton 1-0
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 26, Brent Leach 1, Ronald Belisario 3, Ramon Troncoso 4, Jonathan Broxton 5
Game Information
Attendance - 35313
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Bill Welke