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Ethier extends April hit streak to 26, Dodgers lose

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LOS ANGELES -- The way the San Diego Padres have been scoring runs lately -- few and far between -- they aren't going to be too picky about how they get them.

Will Venable scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by reliever Matt Guerrier with two outs in the eighth inning, and two other runs came across on dropped throws at home plate, helping the Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 Saturday night.

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"We've got to push the envelope -- steal bases, take the extra base and score when we can," second baseman Orlando Hudson said. "Right now it's been hard for us to push runs across. It's been tough for us, but we've been grinding and there's still a lot of baseball left. Things are going so-so, and we haven't hit that spurt yet. But the pitching has been phenomenal and they've been keeping us in every ballgame."

Andre Ethier had two singles for the Dodgers to extend his hitting streak to 26 games, a record for the month of April. It's the longest by a Dodgers player since Willie Davis' franchise-record 31-game stretch in 1969.

"Pretty good month," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Is the month over yet? He's had a great month, and him and Matt (Kemp) together have been a pretty good tandem in the short season so far. It's kind of what we expect. We know it's there all the time, and hopefully this year we can kind of keep him going throughout the season."

Padres starter Tim Stauffer took a three-hitter and a 2-1 lead into the seventh. He was lifted after giving up a two-out double by Rod Barajas and hitting Jamey Carroll with a pitch. Tony Gwynn Jr. pinch-hit for Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda and greeted Luke Gregerson (1-1) with a tying single.

The Padres responded with three runs in the eighth. They loaded the bases with one out against Guerrier (2-2) on a pair of singles, a sacrifice and an intentional walk to Chase Headley. Nick Hundley popped up, but Guerrier's second pitch to Orlando Hudson was inside and went to the backstop, allowing Venable to come home.

Hudson was then intentionally walked, and Cameron Maybin followed with a two-run single. Rookie left fielder Jerry Sands tried to prevent the second run from scoring on the play and made a perfect throw to the plate, but backup catcher Dioner Navarro dropped the ball for an error, allowing Headley to score.

Heath Bell got three outs for his sixth save. He has converted 40 straight chances, one shy of Trevor Hoffman's franchise record.

Ethier extended his string on an opposite-field single with one out in the fourth and scored the game's first run on James Loney's bases-loaded sacrifice fly.

Ethier made a diving grab of a sinking liner by Stauffer in right field and nearly cut down a runner at the plate for what would have been an inning-ending double play in the fifth with no one scoring. But Maybin jarred the ball loose from Barajas after the catcher stuck out his left leg block the runner off.

"The ball kind of bounced our way a couple of times, and some of the things that haven't gone our way went our way -- like that play on Stauff's sac fly and then Chase coming in and blowing up that play at the plate," Venable said. "It's nice when you can create your own fortune. When you have those good at-bats and are able to string some things together. Those are the kind of things we know we can do."

Venable followed Stauffer's sacrifice fly with a single, Jason Bartlett walked and Ryan Ludwick drove in the go-ahead run with an opposite-field single to right. Ethier threw out Bartlett as he tried to advance two bases on the hit.

Kuroda allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings and struck out seven.

"It's always disappointing when the team loses, but I still have to go ahead and make the best pitches I can in tough situations," Kuroda said through a translator. "Hopefully I'll win next time."

San Diego first baseman Brad Hawpe, who came in 7 for 16 lifetime against Kuroda and with an overall .351 lifetime against the Dodgers, was 1 for 4. He has a .149 average with no homers and just two RBIs in 67 at-bats with the Padres after signing a one-year, $3 million contract in January as a free agent.

Notes

  • Ethier's two hits gave him 40 for the month, tying the club record for April shared by Mike Piazza (1996) and Rafael Furcal (2008). Ethier also had a hit in the season opener on March 31.
  • The Padres scored three runs in an inning for the first time since getting four in the eighth at Houston on April 17. They are 10-2 when scoring three or more.
 
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Andre Ethier smacks a single during the eighth inning. Ethier extends his hitting streak to 26 games.  (AP)
Andre Ethier smacks a single during the eighth inning. Ethier extends his hitting streak to 26 games. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

C. Maybin
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, RF5220022 .205
Jason Bartlett, SS4110111 .233
Ryan Ludwick, LF3011121 .198
Chase Headley, 3B3110100 .229
Nick Hundley, C4000013 .274
Orlando Hudson, 2B3000112 .233
Cameron Maybin, CF4121010 .247
Brad Hawpe, 1B4010003 .149
Tim Stauffer, P2001011 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Patterson, PH0000100 .083
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals3258359  
a-walked for Adams in the 9th
Batting
2B - Cameron Maybin (5, Kuroda)
SF - Tim Stauffer (1)
SH - Ryan Ludwick (1)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick (12), Cameron Maybin (6), Tim Stauffer (1)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Ludwick (2), Cameron Maybin (3)
Team LOB - 7
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Stauffer 6.2422170 3.12
Luke Gregerson (BS,1; W,1-1) 0.1100000 1.42
Mike Adams (H,5) 1100010 0.69
Heath Bell (S,6) 1100010 0.82
HBP - Carroll (by Tim Stauffer)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Stauffer 99-67, Luke Gregerson 5-4, Mike Adams 9-7, Heath Bell 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Stauffer 9-4, Luke Gregerson 1-0, Heath Bell 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Stauffer 26, Luke Gregerson 2, Mike Adams 4, Heath Bell 4
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Aaron Miles, 2B4000012 .258
Jerry Sands, LF4000020 .190
Andre Ethier, RF4120010 .380
Matt Kemp, CF4010011 .368
Juan Uribe, 3B3000101 .247
James Loney, 1B3011000 .210
Rod Barajas, C3010013 .202
    Russ Mitchell, PR0100000 .000
    Dioner Navarro, C1010000 .500
Jamey Carroll, SS3000011 .295
Hiroki Kuroda, P2000020 .067
   a- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH1011000 .264
    Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
    Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
   b- Marcus Thames, PH1000001 .200
Totals3327219  
a-singled for Kuroda in the 7th
b-flied out for Jansen in the 9th
Batting
2B - Rod Barajas (1, Stauffer)
SF - James Loney (2)
RBI - James Loney (12), Tony Gwynn Jr. (3)
2-OUT RBI - Tony Gwynn Jr. (3)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Andre Ethier 1, Jerry Sands 1
E - Dioner Navarro (1, Missed catch of throw)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hiroki Kuroda 7522270 3.10
Matt Guerrier (L,2-2) 1332200 4.11
Kenley Jansen 1000120 7.43
IBB - Headley by Matt Guerrier, by Hudson
WP - Matt Guerrier (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 100-68, Matt Guerrier 21-9, Kenley Jansen 23-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 7-6, Matt Guerrier 2-1
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 27, Matt Guerrier 8, Kenley Jansen 4
Game Information
Attendance - 34453
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski