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Puig continues stellar debut, sparks Dodgers with two HRs

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LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig powered the Dodgers in his second major league game, injecting the kind of excitement that has been missing all season for the last-place team.

The 22-year-old Cuban had two home runs and five RBI in his second major-league game, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers rally for a 9-7 victory against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

Puig made two curtain calls from the top of the dugout steps, raising both arms to acknowledge the first one after his second homer, a two-run shot with two outs in the sixth, when the Dodgers scored three runs to snap a 6-6 tie.

"I want to thank the fans for coming out and supporting us," he said through a translator. "I want to do well."

Batting leadoff for the second straight game, Puig hit a three-run homer -- his first in the majors -- on the first pitch from Padres starter Clayton Richard in the fifth, tying the game at 5.

"It looks like he's going to be a good hitter so you have to give him credit on that one," Richard said.

Puig got both home run balls back as keepsakes with his parents and 17-year-old sister in attendance for the second successive night.

"I'm glad I hit two home runs," he said. "I'm more happy because the team won."

Puig became the first Dodgers player with more than one home run in his first two career games, and the first to have five RBI in that span since Spider Jorgensen drove in six runs on April 17, 1947, against the Boston Braves, according to information provided to the Dodgers by Elias Sports Bureau.

"The kid, when you trot out the offensive tools, there is some raw power in there, there's speed, there is strength to his swing," Padres manager Bud Black said.

Puig had another first, albeit a not so welcome one. He committed his first throwing error that led to the Padres taking a 4-2 lead in the fourth. He went 2 for 4 in his debut on Monday night and wowed with a game-ending throw from deep right field that doubled off Chris Denorfia at first base.

"Last night was storybook," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Tonight you were seeing the power, so it's a big impact. We've had a serious lack of power and run production, so it's two things we need."

Puig was 3 for 4 with a double to go with his home runs. He runs hard to his position in right field, and he charges around the basepaths.

"There's an aggressiveness to the way he goes about playing baseball," Dodgers starter Ted Lilly said. "He's up there with an intent to do damage."

J.P. Howell (2-0) got the win in relief, allowing one run and two hits in 1 2/3 innings, struck out one and walked none.

Brandon League pitched the ninth to earn his 13th save in 16 chances.

Tyson Ross (0-2) gave up three runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings, struck out four and walked one.

Tim Federowicz went 2 for 4 with two RBI for the Dodgers, who are 9-3 in their past 12 home games.

Black was ejected by home plate umpire Tim Timmons in the eighth for arguing a call at first base on an inning-ending double play grounder by Denorfia.

San Diego led 3-0 on Kyle Blanks' two-run homer in the second. The Padres extended their lead to 5-2 in the fourth when Blanks scored as Puig's throw to third base sailed over Juan Uribe's head, and Richard notched his first run-scoring single of the season.

The Dodgers took a 6-5 lead in the fifth on Puig's home run and Hanley Ramirez's sacrifice fly. But San Diego tied it in the sixth on Denorfia's RBI single.

Luis Cruz, who entered the game as part of a double switch, had a two-out RBI double in the sixth that gave the Dodgers a 7-6 lead before Puig's second home run.

Lilly allowed five runs and six hits in four-plus innings. The left-hander struck out three and walked two.

Richard gave up six runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings, struck out two and walked two.

Notes

  • Dodgers RHP Josh Beckett saw a specialist in Dallas on Tuesday who agreed with the team's diagnosis that he has nerve irritation affecting his right arm and hand. Beckett will return to the club on Wednesday to continue his rehab. He's not expected to throw for four weeks.
  • Dodgers reliever Matt Guerrier left the game in the sixth after getting hit on his right thumb by a line drive off the bat of Yasmani Grandal. X-rays were negative.
  • Dodgers LHP Chris Capuano went on 15-day DL Tuesday with a left shoulder strain, while Ramirez was activated from the DL and started in the game. RHP Stephen Fife will start in Capuano's place on Saturday against Atlanta.
  • Padres INF Yonder Alonso, who got hit by a pitch on his right hand last weekend, could return to the lineup on Wednesday.
 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

Y. Puig
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 5
San Diego

K. Blanks
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Denorfia, CF-RF5122012 .302
Everth Cabrera, SS5020010 .278
Chase Headley, 3B5000012 .229
Carlos Quentin, LF5131000 .244
Jedd Gyorko, 2B4000033 .273
Yasmani Grandal, C3100102 .083
Kyle Blanks, RF3322100 .277
    Tommy Layne, P0000000 .000
Jesus Guzman, 1B4120010 .209
Clayton Richard, P2011010 .200
    Tyson Ross, P1000012 .143
    Alexi Amarista, CF1010000 .271
Totals38713629  
Batting
2B - Jesus Guzman (5, Belisario)
HR - Chris Denorfia (3, Lilly), Carlos Quentin (6, Howell), Kyle Blanks (4, Lilly)
RBI - Chris Denorfia 2 (18), Carlos Quentin (18), Kyle Blanks 2 (16), Clayton Richard (1)
2-OUT RBI - Clayton Richard (1)
SB - Everth Cabrera (24, 2nd base off Guerrier/Federowicz)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Gyorko-Guzman
E - Tyson Ross (1, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Richard 4.1566222 8.38
Tyson Ross (L,0-2) 2.1433141 2.90
Tommy Layne 1.1100010 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 65-39, Tyson Ross 48-28, Tommy Layne 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 5-6, Tommy Layne 2-0
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 20, Tyson Ross 12, Tommy Layne 4
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Yasiel Puig, RF4235000 .625
Mark Ellis, 2B3100111 .270
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4020001 .330
Hanley Ramirez, SS3001012 .357
Scott Van Slyke, LF3000021 .250
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
    J.P. Howell, P0000000 .000
   a- Nick Punto, PH1000001 .298
    Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
    Brandon League, P0000000 .000
Juan Uribe, 3B2110000 .287
    Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
    Andre Ethier, CF2000011 .234
Skip Schumaker, CF-LF3110101 .262
Tim Federowicz, C4222012 .200
Ted Lilly, P1000010 .000
    Luis Cruz, 3B2211100 .128
Totals32910937  
a-flied out for Howell in the 7th
Batting
2B - Yasiel Puig (1, Richard), Adrian Gonzalez (12, Ross), Luis Cruz (1, Ross)
HR - Yasiel Puig 2 (2, Richard, Ross), Tim Federowicz (2, Richard)
SF - Hanley Ramirez (1)
RBI - Yasiel Puig 5 (5), Hanley Ramirez (2), Tim Federowicz 2 (5), Luis Cruz (6)
2-OUT RBI - Yasiel Puig 2 (2), Tim Federowicz 2 (2), Luis Cruz (1)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Ellis-H. Ramirez-Gonzalez, H. Ramirez-Ellis-Gonzalez
E - Yasiel Puig (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ted Lilly 4654232 5.09
Matt Guerrier 1100010 3.57
Ronald Belisario (BS,4) 0.1311010 3.90
J.P. Howell (W,2-0) 1.2211011 2.42
Kenley Jansen (H,14) 1100010 2.83
Brandon League (S,13) 1000020 4.84
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 81-50, Matt Guerrier 13-9, Ronald Belisario 12-10, J.P. Howell 13-9, Kenley Jansen 10-7, Brandon League 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 3-6, Matt Guerrier 1-1, J.P. Howell 1-2, Kenley Jansen 1-0, Brandon League 1-0
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 20, Matt Guerrier 4, Ronald Belisario 4, J.P. Howell 6, Kenley Jansen 3, Brandon League 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37544
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mark Wegner