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Padres score three in 9th to rally past Dodgers

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SAN DIEGO -- In what has been an emotional stretch for the San Diego Padres they have played their best baseball.

The Padres' ninth-inning rally on Friday night produced a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, their third straight victory.

"This has been a tough week for San Diego," Padres manager Bud Black said. "When you look at the whole week, it has been more so than just the game. This was a good win for the city."

Hall of Famer and Padres icon Tony Gwynn died Monday at age 54 after a long battle with cancer. The team has been struggling with the emotional aftermath since.

But after returning home Tuesday, the Padres haven't lost.

With Gwynn's No. 19 etched in right field, the Padres came back to beat the Mariners twice and added another thrilling win against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen (0-3).

"It's unacceptable to pitch a game like that," Jansen said.

Everth Cabrera's sacrifice fly capped San Diego's three-run ninth.

"When I hit the fly ball I celebrate like it was a walk-off bomb," Cabrera said. "Especially against the Dodgers with all their fans from L.A. here."

It was the Padres' third consecutive win and it snapped a three-game winning streak by the Dodgers.

Trailing 5-3, Alexi Amarista opened the San Diego ninth with a single off Jansen and scored on Carlos Quentin's pinch-hit double. Venable tied the game when his double scored pinch-runner Andrew Cashner. Venable took third on Rene Rivera's sacrifice and scored on Cabrera's deep fly to right.

"The last three days, we played real baseball," Cabrera said.

Dale Thayer (3-2) pitched the ninth for the victory.

Yasiel Puig, who had two RBIs for the Dodgers, left in the eighth inning with a mild left hip muscle strain.

Seth Smith homered twice, doubled and walked for the Padres. It was Smith's sixth multi-homer game of his career.

"I came in early and worked on some things," Smith said. "It's fun when you put in the work and you see the results."

The Padres' bullpen, which has been strong all season, threw four scoreless innings to keep the game close.

"All year long those guys have done their thing," Black said.

After Smith's second homer in the sixth, the Padres had the tying runs aboard when Cameron Maybin reached on a fielder's choice and Amarista walked. But Jace Peterson struck out to end the threat.

The Dodgers scored three times in the fifth, aided by two wild pitches and an error by Amarista at third base.

With runners in scoring position and the infield playing up, Puig hit a one-out grounder between third and shortstop which deflected off the gloves of Amarista and Cabrera into short let field to score Dee Gordon.

Amarista retrieved the ball and when his throw home was wide, Hanley Ramirez scored on the error.

Puig advanced to third on the play and scored on Adrian Gonzalez's sacrifice fly for a 5-1 lead.

Gordon opened the game with a triple and scored on Peterson's errant relay throw to third. Later in the inning Gonzalez doubled and Matt Kemp drove him in with a base hit to left off Amarista's glove for a 2-0 lead.

Smith homered to right-center in the first to bring the Padres within 2-1.

"There are always close games with these guys," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "To me, they are one of those clubs that are tough to beat."

Notes

The National Baseball Hall of Fame requested Clayton Kershaw's cleats from his Wednesday no-hitter. Kershaw said his accomplishment has started to sink in. "I couldn't sleep very well that night obviously, then the next day to turn on the TV and hear about it was pretty cool stuff." ... Dodgers OF Carl Crawford (left ankle sprain) is still unable to do baseball activities, Mattingly said. ... Padres 3B Chase Headley was out of the lineup with a sore back. ... Padres LHP Robbie Erlin (left elbow soreness) has increased his throwing program and could join the team on its upcoming trip. There is no date for his return. ... Dodgers RHP Josh Beckett (4-4, 2.49) faces Padres RHP Tyson Ross (6-6, 3:27) on Saturday night.

 
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After doubling home the tying run, Will Venable scores the game-winner as the Padres win their third straight.  (USATSI)
After doubling home the tying run, Will Venable scores the game-winner as the Padres win their third straight. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

D. Gordon
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
San Diego

S. Smith
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, 2B4210103 .277
Hanley Ramirez, SS3110102 .262
   Carlos Triunfel, SS00000001.000
Yasiel Puig, RF4112010 .324
   Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
   Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3111000 .253
Matt Kemp, LF4011030 .275
Andre Ethier, CF4000001 .254
Justin Turner, 3B3010010 .294
   J.P. Howell, P0000000 .000
   Brandon League, P0000000 .000
   Scott Van Slyke, RF1010000 .273
A.J. Ellis, C4000001 .203
Dan Haren, P2010011 .167
   Miguel Rojas, 3B2010000 .296
Totals3459426  
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez (18, Kennedy), Justin Turner (9, Kennedy)
3B - Dee Gordon (8, Kennedy)
SF - Adrian Gonzalez (4)
RBI - Yasiel Puig 2 (44), Adrian Gonzalez (43), Matt Kemp (28)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Kemp (11)
SB - Dee Gordon (38, 2nd base off Kennedy/Grandal)
CS - Hanley Ramirez (3, 2nd base by Kennedy/Grandal)
Team LOB - 5
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Haren 5.2533252 3.62
J.P. Howell (H,16) 0.2000110 1.69
Brandon League (H,3) 0.2000000 2.23
Brian Wilson (H,12) 1100000 5.33
Kenley Jansen (L,0-3; BS,3) 0.2333000 4.55
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 100-60, J.P. Howell 12-7, Brandon League 4-2, Brian Wilson 17-10, Kenley Jansen 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 9-3, J.P. Howell 1-0, Brandon League 1-1, Kenley Jansen 1-1
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 24, J.P. Howell 3, Brandon League 2, Brian Wilson 4, Kenley Jansen 5
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Denorfia, RF3000101 .249
   Kevin Quackenbush, P0000000 .000
   Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
   a-Rene Rivera, PH0000000 .219
Everth Cabrera, SS4001012 .223
Seth Smith, LF3232100 .291
Yasmani Grandal, C4000022 .186
Tommy Medica, 1B4010001 .253
Cameron Maybin, CF4000003 .270
Alexi Amarista, 3B3220100 .208
Jace Peterson, 2B3000033 .103
   b-Carlos Quentin, PH1011000 .203
   Andrew Cashner, PR0100000 .105
Ian Kennedy, P1000000 .125
   c-Jake Goebbert, PH10110001.000
   Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
   d-Will Venable, PH-RF2111000 .208
Totals3369636  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Thayer in the 9th
b-doubled for Peterson in the 9th
c-singled for Kennedy in the 5th
d-grounded out for Boyer in the 7th
Batting
2B - Seth Smith (16, Wilson), Alexi Amarista (5, Haren), Carlos Quentin (3, Jansen), Will Venable (10, Jansen)
HR - Seth Smith 2 (8, Haren)
SF - Everth Cabrera (1)
SH - Rene Rivera (3)
RBI - Everth Cabrera (14), Seth Smith 2 (23), Carlos Quentin (9), Jake Goebbert (1), Will Venable (12)
2-OUT RBI - Seth Smith (9)
SB - Alexi Amarista (4, 3rd base off Haren/Ellis)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Grandal-Peterson
E - Alexi Amarista (3, Throwing), Jace Peterson (4, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ian Kennedy 5754250 3.90
Blaine Boyer 2000000 0.00
Kevin Quackenbush 1000010 3.50
Dale Thayer (W,3-2) 1200000 2.01
WP - Ian Kennedy 2 (10)
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 109-67, Blaine Boyer 24-18, Kevin Quackenbush 7-5, Dale Thayer 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 3-6, Blaine Boyer 5-1, Kevin Quackenbush 1-1, Dale Thayer 1-2
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 23, Blaine Boyer 6, Kevin Quackenbush 3, Dale Thayer 5
Game Information
Attendance - 31119
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Will Little