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Headley returns, helps Padres complete sweep of Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES -- Boosted by Chase Headley's return to the lineup, the San Diego Padres put on a surprising power show against one of baseball's best pitchers.

Clayton Kershaw gave up his first three home runs of the season in a span of three innings and San Diego beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 on Wednesday night to finish a three-game sweep.

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Everth Cabrera, Chris Denorfia and Kyle Blanks all connected off Kershaw (2-2), who entered with a 1.16 ERA in three starts. But the 2011 NL Cy Young Award winner left this one trailing 5-1 after throwing 109 pitches in 5 1/3 innings.

After arriving with a 2-10 record, San Diego earned its first sweep at Dodger Stadium of three or more games since July 2006.

"It was big, no doubt," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It started with the starting pitching. This series was a good sign. Offensively, some guys are getting closer to their marks. I like the fact that we caught the ball. ... It was a well-played series by us, with some guys starting to swing the bats."

It was the first series between the NL West rivals since their wild brawl last week that left Los Angeles pitcher Zack Greinke with a broken collarbone. Padres slugger Carlos Quentin sat out the series while serving an eight-game suspension for charging and tackling Greinke after getting hit by a pitch.

Cabrera had three of San Diego's 13 hits and scored twice. Blanks added two hits and two RBI as the Padres sent Los Angeles to its fourth consecutive defeat.

"We have to move forward," said manager Don Mattingly, who addressed his club after the game. "The way I do it is through conversation and talks and things like that. We're 15 games in, we're 7-8, and that's not good enough. But also, it's not like we're throwing up the white flag yet. We talk about what's acceptable and what's not acceptable and how do we turn it around."

Headley was back at third base after missing the first 14 games of the season with a broken left thumb. He went 1 for 4 with a late RBI single and scored a run from his No. 3 spot in the batting order.

The 28-year-old slugger had a breakout season last year, hitting 31 home runs with an NL-best 115 RBI while winning his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards. He finished fifth in MVP voting.

"When a bunch of guys are hitting I think the other hitters relax," Black said. "When you're not hitting, guys have a tendency to say, 'I've got to get on base, I've got to do a little bit more to help our club.' When the group is hitting, there's a little bit of pressure off everybody."

Injured while sliding into second base trying to break up a double play in a March 17 spring training game, Headley was activated from the disabled list before Wednesday's game.

To clear a roster slot, the Padres placed center fielder Cameron Maybin on the 15-day DL, retroactive to April 16, with a sore right wrist.

Kershaw yielded seven hits, walked four and struck out five. He was charged with five runs, three earned.

The left-hander racked up 25 strikeouts with only four walks and 12 hits allowed in 23 1/3 innings during his first three outings.

"You've got to be ready to hit," Black said. "Because if you get behind, you're in trouble. He has too many weapons to put you away."

Early on, Kershaw appeared to be on top of his game as he retired his first eight batters. But after opposing pitcher Tyson Ross hit a line drive off the center-field fence, things suddenly unraveled for the Dodgers.

The big inning for the Padres was the fourth, when Cabrera led off with a homer and they scored three times. They had three hits in the inning, but Kershaw also walked three (one intentional) and third baseman Nick Punto dropped a foul popup for an error that helped fuel the rally.

The Dodgers offense, with a struggling Matt Kemp beginning the game on the bench to clear his head, couldn't get much going against Ross until the fifth, when they loaded the bases with two outs. Black replaced Ross with Brad Brach (1-0), who retired Skip Schumaker on a comebacker.

The Dodgers scored their only run off Ross on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzalez. Kemp entered in the seventh as pinch hitter, batting for Schumaker with the bases loaded, but struck out. Kemp came up again in the ninth with the bases loaded and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

"We're not going to sit and feel sorry for ourselves in any way, shape or form," Mattingly said.

Notes

  • Kemp was rested by Mattingly, who said he could see Kemp's "frustration" at the plate. Kemp began the night hitting .185 with no home runs, four RBI and 17 strikeouts. Schumaker started in center field in Kemp's place.
  • The Dodgers placed pitcher Chris Capuano on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf. The injury supposedly occurred Tuesday against the Padres when he ran to cover first base. But one published report indicated that Capuano first injured his calf when running in from the bullpen during the brawl with the Padres last week in San Diego. Capuano had taken Greinke's rotation spot. Ted Lilly, currently on a minor-league rehab assignment while recovering from shoulder surgery, is expected to take Capuano's place in the rotation, but the Dodgers will not need a fifth starter until April 24 because of off days Thursday and Monday next week.
  • Replacing Capuano on the roster was catcher Tim Federowicz, who was hitting .533 (8 for 15) at Triple-A Albuquerque.
  • Dodgers utility player Jerry Hairston Jr., suspended for one game for his role in last Thursday's fight with the Padres, decided to drop his appeal and served the suspension Wednesday.
 
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Chris Denorfia connects in the fifth inning -- the second of three solo home runs off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.  (USATSI)
Chris Denorfia connects in the fifth inning -- the second of three solo home runs off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

A. Gonzalez
AB 3
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
San Diego

E. Cabrera
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Denorfia, CF6111034 .364
Everth Cabrera, SS4231100 .298
Chase Headley, 3B4111112 .250
Jesus Guzman, LF3110001 .240
    Brad Brach, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Kotsay, PH1011000 .438
    Clayton Richard, PR0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
   b- Alexi Amarista, PH-2B1000002 .225
Yonder Alonso, 1B3000232 .309
Jedd Gyorko, 2B5010003 .236
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Kyle Blanks, RF-LF3122000 .455
Nick Hundley, C4010134 .318
Tyson Ross, P2010002 .167
    Will Venable, RF3110011 .250
Totals397136511  
a-singled for Brach in the 7th
b-flied out for Thayer in the 8th
Batting
2B - Everth Cabrera (1, Howell)
HR - Chris Denorfia (1, Kershaw), Everth Cabrera (2, Kershaw), Kyle Blanks (1, Kershaw)
RBI - Chris Denorfia (5), Everth Cabrera (3), Chase Headley (1), Mark Kotsay (2), Kyle Blanks 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Kyle Blanks (1)
SB - Everth Cabrera (4, 3rd base off Howell/Ellis), Will Venable (2, 2nd base off Belisario/Ellis)
Team LOB - 12
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyson Ross 4.2611320 3.86
Brad Brach (W,1-0) 1.1000100 5.87
Joe Thatcher 0.1200000 5.40
Dale Thayer 0.2100010 2.57
Luke Gregerson 1000010 1.29
Huston Street 1111210 7.20
Pitches-Strikes - Tyson Ross 99-56, Brad Brach 21-13, Joe Thatcher 10-8, Dale Thayer 22-13, Luke Gregerson 12-9, Huston Street 26-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyson Ross 6-6, Brad Brach 1-3, Luke Gregerson 1-1
Batters Faced - Tyson Ross 23, Brad Brach 5, Joe Thatcher 3, Dale Thayer 3, Luke Gregerson 3, Huston Street 6
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carl Crawford, LF5110001 .375
Mark Ellis, 2B5020010 .296
Andre Ethier, RF3110203 .265
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3031100 .407
A.J. Ellis, C3020202 .311
Skip Schumaker, CF3000005 .118
   a- Matt Kemp, PH-CF1001013 .182
Nick Punto, 3B4000013 .400
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
    Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
   b- Luis Cruz, PH1000012 .100
Justin Sellers, SS3010110 .179
Clayton Kershaw, P2000001 .222
    Paco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   c- Tim Federowicz, PH1000001 .000
    J.P. Howell, P0000000 .000
    Juan Uribe, 3B1000000 .200
Totals35210265  
a-struck out for Schumaker in the 7th
b-struck out for Jansen in the 9th
c-flied out for Rodriguez in the 6th
Batting
SF - Adrian Gonzalez (1), Matt Kemp (2)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (12), Matt Kemp (5)
SB - Carl Crawford (3, 2nd base off Ross/Hundley)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Punto-Ellis-Gonzalez
E - Nick Punto (2, Dropped fly)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Kershaw (L,2-2) 5.1753453 1.88
Paco Rodriguez 0.2000020 3.60
J.P. Howell 1422020 6.35
Ronald Belisario 1200110 4.05
Kenley Jansen 1000010 2.35
IBB - Hundley by Clayton Kershaw
HBP - Blanks (by J.P. Howell), Blanks (by Kenley Jansen)
WP - Clayton Kershaw (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 109-62, Paco Rodriguez 11-7, J.P. Howell 32-20, Ronald Belisario 21-12, Kenley Jansen 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 5-5, Ronald Belisario 1-1, Kenley Jansen 2-0
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 26, Paco Rodriguez 2, J.P. Howell 8, Ronald Belisario 6, Kenley Jansen 4
Game Information
Attendance - 52393
Game Time - 3:47
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Chad Fairchild