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Dodgers inch closer in wild card

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SAN DIEGO -- Matt Kemp and the Dodgers know they have virtually no margin for error.

Chris Capuano won for the first time in eight starts and Los Angeles inched closer in the wild-card race, beating the San Diego Padres 8-4 on Thursday night.

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.

With two outs, Kemp doubled and Adrian Gonzalez was intentionally walked. Kelly then hit Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino with pitches to force in a run.

"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.

Jamey Wright relieved and plunked pinch-hitter Carlos Quentin with a pitch to bring in a run.

San Diego scored three runs in the eighth off Ronald Belisario on pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay's two-run double and an RBI single by pinch-hitter Will Venable to cut the lead to 7-4.

The Dodgers finished 41-40 on the road, their third winning record away from Dodger Stadium in the last 10 seasons.

Notes

  • Capuano pitched past the fifth inning for the fourth time in his last eight starts.
  • The Dodgers finished 11-7 this season against San Diego.
  • Padres 2B Logan Forsythe was scratched from the lineup with a sore right knee.
  • Yonder Alonso had three hits for the Padres, including a pair of doubles to run his season total to 37. It was his 10th game with at least two doubles, the most for any major leaguer since 2006 when Pittsburgh's Freddy Sanchez also had 10.
  • Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong (13-9, 5.38) opposes Padres LHP Andrew Werner (2-2, 4.64) on Friday night at Petco Park in the opener of a three-game set.
 
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The Dodgers keep their slim playoff hopes alive with a win, though they still trail the Cardinals by three games.  (US Presswire)
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

L. Cruz
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
San Diego

Y. Alonso
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Punto, 2B5020111 .227
Andre Ethier, RF5000013 .282
Matt Kemp, CF5221012 .305
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4221101 .295
Hanley Ramirez, SS4100034 .252
Shane Victorino, LF4211001 .250
Luis Cruz, 3B5032001 .308
A.J. Ellis, C5022012 .265
Chris Capuano, P3000024 .094
    Steven Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Jamey Wright, P0000000 .000
    Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
   a- Elian Herrera, PH1110000 .246
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
   b- Bobby Abreu, PH1010000 .240
    Brandon League, P0000000 .000
Totals42814729  
a-singled for Jansen in the 8th
b-singled for Belisario in the 9th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Punto-H. Ramirez-Gonzalez, H. Ramirez-Punto-Gonzalez
E - Hanley Ramirez (15, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Capuano (W,12-11) 5.1511420 3.69
Steven Rodriguez 0.1100010 1.50
Jamey Wright 0.1000000 3.58
Kenley Jansen 1000100 2.36
Ronald Belisario 1333130 2.63
Brandon League 1100100 3.26
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
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Denorfia, RF4010000 .293
   a- Will Venable, PH-RF1011000 .259
Cameron Maybin, CF4000122 .248
Chase Headley, 3B4110101 .283
Yasmani Grandal, C5020012 .282
Jesus Guzman, LF4000112 .243
Yonder Alonso, 1B4130112 .278
Everth Cabrera, SS4110105 .248
Andy Parrino, 2B0000200 .211
   b- Carlos Quentin, PH0001000 .263
    Clayton Richard, PR0000000 .076
    Brad Brach, P0000000 .000
    Tommy Layne, P0000000 .000
   c- Mark Kotsay, PH1112000 .259
    Cory Burns, P0000000 .000
Casey Kelly, P1000001 .200
    Nick Vincent, P0000000 .000
   d- Ali Solis, PH1000001 .000
    Miles Mikolas, P0000000 .000
   e- Alexi Amarista, PH-2B2000014 .238
Totals35410476  
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
Batting
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
Fielding
E - Yonder Alonso (11, Throwing), Alexi Amarista (4, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Casey Kelly (L,2-3) 4.2655260 6.21
Nick Vincent 0.1200010 1.90
Miles Mikolas 1211000 3.86
Brad Brach 1000000 3.98
Tommy Layne 1211010 3.52
Cory Burns 1211010 5.94
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
Game Information
Attendance - 32403
Game Time - 3:40
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg