Dodgers lose to Padres, lead over Giants cut to three games

Dodgers lose to Padres, lead over Giants cut to three games
August 20, 2014, 11:00 pm
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 Dodgers' Justin Turner lays in the infield after bring forced out by Padres' Jedd Gyorko in the 7th inning. (USATSI)


LOS ANGELES — Alexi Amarista had two hits and drove in a run, Eric Stults combined with three relievers on a six-hitter and the San Diego Padres defeated the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Stults (6-13) allowed one run in five innings, struck out five and walked one. The Dodgers came into the game with a 20-10 record against left-handed opponents, but Stults did just enough against the team he pitched for from 2006-09.

Kevin Quackenbush pitched the ninth to earn his first major league save. He started a 1-2-3 putout to end the game.

Rymer Liriano went 2 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored, and Seth Smith went 2 for 5 for the Padres, who pounded out 11 hits in ending a two-game skid.

Roberto Hernandez (7-9) gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings. He struck out two and walked two in his 200th career start and first at Dodger Stadium. He was acquired from Philadelphia earlier this month.

Just like a night earlier, the Padres took an early 3-0 lead only this time it held up. In the second, Amarista singled in their first run. Stults followed with an RBI single, and Liriano scored on a throwing error by left fielder Scott Van Slyke, who twice bobbled the ball trying to control it.

The Dodgers closed to 3-1 in the third on Matt Kemp's sacrifice fly, scoring Yasiel Puig who singled.

Yangervis Solarte made it 3-1 with a sacrifice fly in the fourth that scored Liriano.

Amarista walked, stole second and was safe at third on a throwing error by catcher A.J. Ellis, but he failed to extend the lead when pinch-hitter Will Venable flied out to left to end the eighth.

Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin was reinstated from the restricted list, having served a 25-game suspension for testing positive for an amphetamine. He had said his failed test was a result of a change in the medication he was using to treat attention deficit disorder. Maybin entered as a defensive replacement in the ninth. To make room on the roster, the Padres optioned infielder Jace Peterson to Triple-A El Paso and designated pitcher Bobby LaFromboise for assignment.

Dodgers: Pitcher Zack Greinke has experienced elbow discomfort similar to what he had last season. A MRI didn't show any damage, but the team wants to be cautious. "It's something that comes and goes," Greinke said. "I expect to pitch at a hundred percent level, but I don't expect to feel a hundred percent."

Padres: Tyson Ross (11-11, 2.70 ERA) takes the mound in the series finale. The right-hander has 13 starts of six or more innings pitched while allowing one run or fewer earned runs, tied for the most such starts with Adam Wainwright of St. Louis.

Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw (14-3, 1.86) starts in place of Greinke, who will be pushed back to Saturday against the Mets, with Dan Haren going on Friday.

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