Dodgers on Mend
Seventy-two games remain after the Dodgers (48-42) lost two of three against visitingSan Diegothis past weekend, and trail the San Francisco Giants by one and a half games in the National League West.
At the heart of Sunday’s 7-2 pasting was five errors, the most since the Dodgers made seven in 1995.
This comes on the heels of a heart-breaking 7-6 defeat on Saturday as the Padres tallied two runs with two out in the ninth inning as reliever Kenley Jansen (4-3) turned his back on the plate as Everth Cabrera dashed home with the tying run, and Will Venable, standing at second base, scored on Jansen’s throwing miscue.
Chad Billingsley was scheduled to pitch Sunday, but experienced arm pain, so Chris Capuano (9-5) was called and became the hard-luck loser after plowing through six and two-third innings, walking one, striking out three, allowing five hits and four runs (all unearned).
After working six innings, Jason Marquis (2-5) picked up the victory, giving up six hits, two runs (earned) with three walks and two strikeouts.
San Diego’s only earned run was a homer by Chase Headley in the eighth that made it 5-2.
Jerry Hairston Jr. (two hits) had a run-scoring single in the sixth, and Andre Ethier (two hits) drove in his club-best 60th run with a single in the first.
The Padres tied it at 1-1 in the fourth inning on an error by second baseman Mark Ellis.
Hairston’s misplay led to twoSan Diegoruns in the seventh, and it became 4-1 on Alexi Amarista’s hit.
Carlos Quentin’s sacrifice fly and Yonder Alonso’s RBI in the ninth gave the Padres a five-run edge.
Ethier lashed three hits, including a two-run blast in the sixth and had four RBIs on Saturday.
Headley’s two-run homer in the sixth tied it at 4-4, and Quentin’s two-out RBI in the eighth got the Padres within one run.
Aaron Harang went seven innings, striking out four, walking one, allowing four runs (three earned) and four hits.
Clayton Kershaw (7-5) struggled during the NL’s 8-0 blitz of the American League in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, but delivered a six-hit, one-run (earned) outing over six frames on Friday as the Dodgers rallied for a 2-1 win.
A two-run homer by Ellis in the sixth was the difference, andSan Diegoscored on Cabrera’s RBI in the second.