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Headley's big play comes on defense

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--3B Chase Headley went 2-for-4 Tuesday night to set a career high with 163 hits. But it was a defensive play in the sixth that saved the Padres in their 2-1 win over the Dodgers. With runners on first and second and one out, Headley charged a slow roller by Hanley Ramirez but probably didn't have a play at first. So he faked a throw to first, wheeled and caught Matt Kemp rounding third.

--RHP Edinson Volquez, who in his last start didn't walk a hitter in a start for the first time since 2006, allowed six hits and two walks over seven scoreless innings Tuesday night to even his record at 11-11. Volquez is 6-5 with a 2.89 ERA at Petco Park this season.

--The Padres have beaten the Dodgers in five of their last six games. The Dodgers opened the season with a 9-1 run thanks to going 5-1 against the Padres in an early home-and-home. The Padres opened the season 2-8 largely because of the Dodgers. Since the 10th game of the season, the Padres are 72-72 and the Dodgers are 70-74.

--OF Chris Denorfia made a rare start in left against a right-handed pitcher because Carlos Quentin was unavailable and left-handed hitting Alexi Amarista is in a 1-for-30 drought. Denorfia was 0-for-3, but he threw out Shane Victorino at the plate in the second when the score was still tied.

--1B Yonder Alonso is hitting .311 (57-for-183) over his last 51 games since July 27.

BY THE NUMBERS
24-8 -- Padres' record at home since the All-Star break. It is the Padres' best-ever record at home after the break.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I thought I pitched good tonight, but those two plays saved me. Those plays were the difference in the game." -- Padres RHP Edinson Volquez on run-saving plays made by LF Chris Denorfia and 3B Chase Headley.

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