The NL West-leading San Diego Padres look to win four straight games at Dodger Stadium for the first time in five years when their three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers continues on Tuesday.
Despite owning a 17-19 record in their division, the Padres (52-47) have a one-game lead over second-place San Francisco in the NL West.
San Diego’s only winning record against a division opponent this season is versus the Dodgers (47-53), and the Padres improved to 6-3 against them with a 7-6, 11-inning win on Monday.
San Diego won just seven of 18 in the season series last year, and has not won four straight games at Dodger Stadium since winning seven in a row April 22-Sept. 19, 2001.
Josh Bard drove in the winning run Monday with a two-out RBI single in the 11th inning as the Padres won their second straight extra-inning game. They defeated the Giants 6-5 in 12 innings on Sunday.
“We don’t do anything easy,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “We play a lot of tight games, and tonight was another one. … The important thing is that these guys are not losing their focus.”
San Diego had won just two of its first nine games following the All-Star break.
Mike Cameron had a double and a three-run homer on Monday, and is 6-for-17 (.353) with two homers and five runs in his last three games.
San Diego’s Chan Ho Park (6-6, 4.64 ERA) looks to avoid losing three straight starts in a single season for the first time since 2000 when he takes the hill Tuesday. He’s allowed 12 runs and 13 hits, including three homers, while walking six over 11 1-3 innings in losing his last two outings.
The right-hander gave up five runs in six innings of a 9-3 loss to San Francisco on Thursday.
“If I kept the score to two or three runs, we’ve got a chance to win,” Park said. “Our team always scores late in the game.”
Park, who pitched for Los Angeles in his first eight seasons in the majors from 1994-2001, is 1-1 with a 4.82 ERA in four games against the Dodgers. He is 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA in two starts against them this season.
Los Angeles has lost a season-high six straight games and 11 of 12 to fall into last place, 5 1/2 games behind the Padres.
The Dodgers scored more runs on Monday than it had in its five previous games combined (four), but is still just 5-for-50 (.100) with runners in scoring position over its last six.
“This is when teammates really have to pull together and help each other through this stuff,” Dodgers rookie Andre Ethier said.
Ethier went 4-for-5 with two homers and drove in three runs Monday for the first multihomer game of his career. He leads all rookies with a .349 average, and is batting .412 (14-for-34) in his last nine games.
“I’m just staying positive up there at the plate,” Ethier said. “I know it’s a grind and I know these guys are going to challenge you, but you have to be ready for the challenge.”
While the 24-year-old Ethier has been leading the offense lately, Nomar Garciaparra is batting just .136 (6-for-44) since the All-Star break as his average has dropped from .358 to .327. The two-time batting champ is 5-for-10 with one homer in his career against Park.
Mark Hendrickson (0-3, 4.70) still seeks his first win as a Dodger when he pitches Tuesday.
Hendrickson is winless in four starts with a .309 opponent batting average since being acquired from Tampa Bay on June 27.
The left-hander allowed five runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-2 loss to Arizona on Thursday.
“One of those games that’s kind of frustrating because I felt like I had pretty good stuff,” Hendrickson said.
Hendrickson allowed one run and six hits in 7 2-3 innings to win his only career game against the Padres, a 5-2 victory on June 15, 2004.