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Gonzalez drives in six, Padres halt Dodgers' winning streak at nine

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LOS ANGELES -- Adrian Gonzalez seems to think his swing is starting to come around to the level he expects it to be. The Los Angeles Dodgers can assure him he's already there.

Gonzalez homered and had a career-high six RBI, Will Venable had four hits including a triple and two doubles, and the San Diego Padres put an emphatic end to the Dodgers' nine-game winning streak with a 10-5 victory on Wednesday night.

"My last two games I started making a couple of adjustments at the plate the last couple of at-bats," Gonzalez said. "I kept telling my wife 'It's close.' I told her that by the time I get to Seattle, I think I'm going to be swinging the bat pretty good because of those adjustments."

Gonzalez, who has had 12 four-RBI games in his career, added a run-scoring single in the ninth against George Sherrill. He came in with only 19 RBI, after averaging 106 over the previous three seasons.

"He had a little lull there for a little while, but it's no secret he's our guy," Venable said. "One thing about Adrian -- he's always in control. And when things aren't going right, he knows it's just a matter of time before it does. We look for him to get those big knocks and get some runs on the board. He did a great job of that tonight, and he's going to continue to do it."

Jon Garland (5-2) allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 1.67 ERA over his past six starts.

The Dodgers, already without major-league batting leader Andre Ethier for an indefinite period because of a broken bone in his right pinky, had to scratch left fielder Manny Ramirez just before game time because of an injured little toe on his left foot.

Ramirez, who was 15 for 30 lifetime against Garland with three home runs, pinch-hit against him in the fifth with two men on, two outs and the Dodgers trailing 8-4. He struck out on a 2-2 pitch.

"He's fine," manager Joe Torre said. "What happened was just one of those freak things. He was getting his legs loose like he does every night. But he swung his legs and he happened to hit his little toe on a table in the trainer's room. He went and got it X-rayed and everything was negative, thank goodness. It was sore, but for him to be able to pinch-hit was good.

"We're into little things -- first the pinky with Ethier, then the little toe with Manny. Hopefully, that's the end of it," Torre added with a laugh.

Gonzalez and Chase Headley hit back-to-back home runs during a five-run fourth that gave the Padres an 8-3 lead on the two-time NL West champions. Venable's RBI single snapped a 3-3 tie and chased Dodgers starter Ramon Ortiz (1-2), who was making his second start out of the bullpen because of injuries to Vicente Padilla and struggling knuckleballer Charlie Haeger.

David Eckstein greeted Ramon Troncoso with a single and Gonzalez followed with his ninth home run, snapping a scoreless streak of 15 1/3 innings by the Dodgers' bullpen.

"After the way they beat up on us three days in a row in San Diego, it was nice to come in here and get one," Gonzalez said. "These games aren't that important yet, but they might end up being important in September."

Venable became the first Padres batter this season to get four hits in a game. In his previous 10 games, he was 3 for 21 with one RBI and no extra-base hits. This was the first time he has been in the leadoff spot this season.

"Buddy's put me there before, so it's a spot that I'm comfortable with," Venable said. "Buddy called me into the office before the game and told me to just stick with the approach I've been taking. Luckily it worked out tonight, so I'll see how it goes from here on out."

Ortiz was charged with five runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings. Los Angeles had not allowed more than three runs in any game during its longest winning streak since 2006.

Notes

  • Garland has gone seven starts and 45 2/3 innings without allowing a home run, having faced 186 batters since giving up a solo shot by Colorado's Miguel Olivo on April 11 at Coors Field. The homerless streak is Garland's longest since 2006 (eight starts and 54 innings).
  • The Padres will begin a three-game interleague series Friday night at Seattle. It will be a reunion of sorts for manager Bud Black and Milton Bradley, a former Padre who tore a ligament in his right knee late in the 2007 season when Black spun him to the ground as he tried to go after umpire Mike Winters. Bradley returned to the Mariners on Wednesday after two weeks of counseling for personal issues and anger management, after his latest temper-related incident on May 4. Bradley had similar issues when he played for the Dodgers.
 
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Half of Adrian Gonzalez's six RBI comes on this mighty swing in San Diego's five-run fourth inning.  (US Presswire)
Half of Adrian Gonzalez's six RBI comes on this mighty swing in San Diego's five-run fourth inning. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
San Diego

A. Gonzalez
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 6
Los Angeles

C. Blake
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Diego Padres
Will Venable, RF5441112 .248
David Eckstein, 2B4122101 .295
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5136101 .266
Chase Headley, 3B4111201 .292
Matt Stairs, LF3010101 .172
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   a- Oscar Salazar, PH1000012 .195
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   b- Jerry Hairston Jr., PH1000003 .221
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
Yorvit Torrealba, C5010026 .300
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF3100204 .182
Everth Cabrera, SS4110001 .202
Jon Garland, P2110010 .143
    Chris Denorfia, LF2000003 .375
Totals3910141085  
a-struck out for Mujica in the 8th
b-fouled out for Gregerson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Will Venable 2 (5, Ortiz, Weaver), Yorvit Torrealba (4, Monasterios), Everth Cabrera (4, Ortiz)
3B - Will Venable (4, Ortiz)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (9, Troncoso), Chase Headley (3, Troncoso)
SH - Everth Cabrera (3), Jon Garland (3)
RBI - Will Venable (14), David Eckstein 2 (12), Adrian Gonzalez 6 (25), Chase Headley (16)
2-OUT RBI - David Eckstein (6), Adrian Gonzalez (8)
SB - Will Venable (11, 2nd base off Troncoso/Martin), David Eckstein (4, 2nd base off Monasterios/Martin), Matt Stairs (1, 2nd base off Weaver/Martin), Everth Cabrera (5, 2nd base off Monasterios/Martin)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Eckstein-Cabrera-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Jon Garland (W,5-2) 5944240 2.38
Edward Mujica 2311001 3.43
Luke Gregerson (H,11) 1000010 1.99
Ryan Webb 1000000 1.29
HBP - Martin (by Jon Garland)
WP - Jon Garland (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 117-75, Edward Mujica 29-20, Luke Gregerson 13-9, Ryan Webb 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 8-3, Edward Mujica 4-1, Luke Gregerson 2-0, Ryan Webb 2-1
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 27, Edward Mujica 8, Luke Gregerson 3, Ryan Webb 3
Los Angeles Dodgers
Russell Martin, C3210100 .266
Xavier Paul, RF4022010 .278
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
Matt Kemp, CF5011014 .282
James Loney, 1B5000014 .298
Casey Blake, 3B5131000 .264
Reed Johnson, LF-RF4020003 .258
Blake DeWitt, 2B4110002 .273
Jamey Carroll, SS3110101 .278
Ramon Ortiz, P1000011 .000
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Weaver, P10100001.000
   a- Manny Ramirez, PH1000012 .352
    Carlos Monasterios, P0000000 .333
   b- Garret Anderson, PH-LF1000000 .131
Totals37512425  
a-struck out for Weaver in the 5th
b-grounded out for Monasterios in the 8th
Batting
2B - Russell Martin (4, Garland), Xavier Paul (5, Garland), Blake DeWitt (7, Garland)
HR - Casey Blake (5, Mujica)
SH - Xavier Paul (2)
RBI - Xavier Paul 2 (3), Matt Kemp (25), Casey Blake (24)
2-OUT RBI - Xavier Paul (2)
Team LOB - 9
Los Angeles Dodgers
Ramon Ortiz (L,1-2) 3.1655310 6.30
Ramon Troncoso0333002 4.79
Jeff Weaver 1.2200020 3.48
Carlos Monasterios 3100220 1.90
George Sherrill 1222300 7.71
IBB - Stairs by Ramon Ortiz, Headley by Carlos Monasterios
HBP - Eckstein (by Carlos Monasterios)
WP - Carlos Monasterios (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Ramon Ortiz 75-45, Ramon Troncoso 15-10, Jeff Weaver 22-15, Carlos Monasterios 55-33, George Sherrill 36-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ramon Ortiz 6-3, Jeff Weaver 2-1, Carlos Monasterios 4-3, George Sherrill 2-1
Batters Faced - Ramon Ortiz 19, Ramon Troncoso 3, Jeff Weaver 7, Carlos Monasterios 13, George Sherrill 8
Game Information
Attendance - 40138
Game Time - 3:48
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Brian O'Nora