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Luis Cruz hit a two-run single to help the Dodgers pull within three games of idle St. Louis for the final NL playoff spot. Both teams have six games remaining.
"There's not much else to say about it other than we just have to win and hope we get some help," Kemp said.
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The Dodgers open a six-game homestand Friday night with Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw on the mound against last-place Colorado. The Cardinals start a three-game series at home against NL East-leading Washington.
"We have to win every day," Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said. "Our only chance is to put pressure on St. Louis and make them win every day."
Capuano (12-11) carried a 6-0 lead into the sixth. The left-hander allowed one run and five hits in 5 1/3 innings for his first win since Aug. 12 at Miami.
Cruz had three hits, including his key single in the fifth as Los Angeles scored four runs with two outs to go ahead 5-0.
The Dodgers had 14 hits for the second straight game. Before that, the struggling offense managed more than three runs in only four of 19 games.
"We've been better," Mattingly said. "We've got some big hits and not just from the big guys. This is really more what you kind of expect."
Kemp was 2 for 5 with an RBI to finish the season hitting .406 (26 for 64) with seven homers and 20 RBIs in 15 games against the Padres.
Los Angeles is 29-4 when Kemp has a multihit game this year.
"We're still breathing," catcher A.J. Ellis said. "All we can do is go out and basically try to run the table. That's what we are trying to do. We go [Friday] night and have Kershaw on the mound and I like our chances."
Rookie starter Casey Kelly (2-3) gave up five runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out six, walked two and hit two batters with pitches.
The loss assured San Diego (74-82) of its fourth losing record in the last five seasons. The Padres have had 13 winning seasons in their 44-year history.
"Obviously, everything is a learning experience," Kelly said. "You take some bumps in the road. I thought I threw the ball better, but had the same problems with command in that one inning."
Ellis' RBI single in the fourth put the Dodgers ahead before they struck for four runs in the fifth.
"It's definitely frustrating when I didn't make the pitches in those two at-bats," Kelly said. "Ahead in the count and hitting those guys, it made it a different ballgame."
Nick Vincent replaced Kelly and gave up Cruz's two-run single followed by Ellis' RBI single. Vincent struck out Capuano to end the inning.
Capuano walked Chase Headley to open the sixth and allowed Yasmani Grandal's single before throwing a wild pitch. After getting an out, Capuano was lifted for Paco Rodriguez, who got the second out before giving up Everth Cabrera's infield single to load the bases.
The Dodgers finished 41-40 on the road, their third winning record away from Dodger Stadium in the last 10 seasons.
|The Dodgers keep their slim playoff hopes alive with a win, though they still trail the Cardinals by three games. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Nick Punto, 2B||5||0||2||0||1||1||1||.227|
|Andre Ethier, RF||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.282|
|Matt Kemp, CF||5||2||2||1||0||1||2||.305|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||4||2||2||1||1||0||1||.295|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||4||1||0||0||0||3||4||.252|
|Shane Victorino, LF||4||2||1||1||0||0||1||.250|
|Luis Cruz, 3B||5||0||3||2||0||0||1||.308|
|A.J. Ellis, C||5||0||2||2||0||1||2||.265|
|Chris Capuano, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||4||.094|
|Steven Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jamey Wright, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kenley Jansen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Elian Herrera, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.246|
|Ronald Belisario, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Bobby Abreu, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.240|
|Brandon League, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Jansen in the 8th|
|b-singled for Belisario in the 9th|
|2B - Matt Kemp 2 (22, Kelly, Mikolas), Shane Victorino (27, Burns), Luis Cruz (20, Kelly)|
|RBI - Matt Kemp (65), Adrian Gonzalez (107), Shane Victorino (52), Luis Cruz 2 (37), A.J. Ellis 2 (46)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (36), Shane Victorino (19), Luis Cruz 2 (12), A.J. Ellis 2 (10)|
|SB - Bobby Abreu (6, 2nd base off Burns/Grandal)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Punto-H. Ramirez-Gonzalez, H. Ramirez-Punto-Gonzalez|
|E - Hanley Ramirez (15, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Chris Capuano (W,12-11)||5.1||5||1||1||4||2||0||3.69|
|HBP - Quentin (by Jamey Wright)|
|WP - Chris Capuano (6)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 87-53, Steven Rodriguez 11-6, Jamey Wright 8-4, Kenley Jansen 18-12, Ronald Belisario 31-18, Brandon League 17-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 8-4, Jamey Wright 1-0, Kenley Jansen 1-2, Brandon League 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 23, Steven Rodriguez 2, Jamey Wright 2, Kenley Jansen 4, Ronald Belisario 7, Brandon League 5|
|San Diego Padres|
|Chris Denorfia, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.293|
|a- Will Venable, PH-RF||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.259|
|Cameron Maybin, CF||4||0||0||0||1||2||2||.248|
|Chase Headley, 3B||4||1||1||0||1||0||1||.283|
|Yasmani Grandal, C||5||0||2||0||0||1||2||.282|
|Jesus Guzman, LF||4||0||0||0||1||1||2||.243|
|Yonder Alonso, 1B||4||1||3||0||1||1||2||.278|
|Everth Cabrera, SS||4||1||1||0||1||0||5||.248|
|Andy Parrino, 2B||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||.211|
|b- Carlos Quentin, PH||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||.263|
|Clayton Richard, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.076|
|Brad Brach, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tommy Layne, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Mark Kotsay, PH||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.259|
|Cory Burns, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Casey Kelly, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.200|
|Nick Vincent, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Ali Solis, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Miles Mikolas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|e- Alexi Amarista, PH-2B||2||0||0||0||0||1||4||.238|
|a-singled for Denorfia in the 8th|
|b-hit by pitch for Parrino in the 6th|
|c-doubled for Layne in the 8th|
|d-fouled out for Vincent in the 5th|
|e-hit into fielder's choice for Mikolas in the 6th|
|2B - Yonder Alonso 2 (37, Capuano, Belisario), Mark Kotsay (8, Belisario)|
|RBI - Will Venable (44), Carlos Quentin (46), Mark Kotsay 2 (14)|
|2-OUT RBI - Will Venable (16), Carlos Quentin (16)|
|SB - Chase Headley (15, 2nd base off Capuano/Ellis)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|E - Yonder Alonso (11, Throwing), Alexi Amarista (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|San Diego Padres|
|Casey Kelly (L,2-3)||4.2||6||5||5||2||6||0||6.21|
|IBB - Gonzalez by Casey Kelly|
|HBP - H. Ramirez (by Casey Kelly), Victorino (by Casey Kelly)|
|WP - Cory Burns (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Casey Kelly 102-64, Nick Vincent 14-11, Miles Mikolas 20-13, Brad Brach 11-8, Tommy Layne 16-8, Cory Burns 19-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Casey Kelly 4-4, Miles Mikolas 3-0, Tommy Layne 2-1, Cory Burns 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Casey Kelly 24, Nick Vincent 3, Miles Mikolas 5, Brad Brach 3, Tommy Layne 6, Cory Burns 5|
|Attendance - 32403|
|Game Time - 3:40|
|Temperature - 67|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg|