Los Angeles-San Diego: Dodgers' Power Surge Jolts Friars, 6-4

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IJune 10, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 09:  Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by James Loney #7 after hitting a solo homerun against the San Diego Padres in the first inning at Dodger Stadium on June 9, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Dodgers (40-20) continued their divisional domination in a game of punch/counter-punch with the San Diego Padres (27-31) Tuesday night. 

The Padres jumped out on top early, wasting no time in attacking Dodgers' starter Chad Billingsley. Kevin Kouzmanoff had one of four first inning singles, bringing in David Eckstein and Brian Giles to take a 2-0 lead.

Andre Ethier answered for the Boys in Blue in the bottom half of the inning when he wrapped a line drive around the right field foul poll, cutting the deficit to 2-1. 

Matt Kemp then pulled the Dodgers even in the second with an RBI single to plate Rafael Furcal. Ethier was able to keep the pressure on Chris Young in the third when he belted another solo home run, his 12th of the season.

But the Padres wouldn't go away easily. They pushed across one more run on a Brian Giles groundout in the fifth to even the game at three. 

Matt Kemp tagged a leadoff home run in the fifth, his second RBI of the night, to take back the lead at 4-3. Shortly after, Orlando Hudson went deep to right center field making it 5-3. It was the Dodgers fourth solo home run of the night. 

The four home runs tied a season high for the Dodgers. They first did it on Apr. 18 against Colorado

The 6'10" Young (4-5) threw just 77 pitches in five innings work, but was taken deep four times en route to allowing five earned runs on the night. The loss was his third in a row.

Billingsley (8-3) didn't look much better. He threw 117 pitches while surrendering three runs on eight hits in just five and two-third innings. He was able to avoid the big blow, however, as six of those eight hits were singles. Billingsley escaped with his eighth victory of the season, tied for best in the NL.  

The Dodgers tallied another run in the eighth to make it a 6-3 game, and called on Jonathan Broxton to work the ninth.

Back came San Diego when Tony Gwynn Jr. walked with two outs. Eckstein followed that up with an RBI single.

Despite bringing the tying run to the plate in Giles, Broxton was able to earn his 14th save of the season and is now eight for eight in such opportunities at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers improved to 26-9 against the NL West and a league leading 23-8 at home.


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