Dodgers 9, Padres 7

Jon Gold, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig smacked two line-drive home runs in his second career major league game, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a second consecutive win over the San Diego Padres, 9-7 Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
Puig, who finished with three hits, hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning and a two-run shot in the sixth inning. The much-hyped prospect now has five hits in his first eight at-bats after dominating Double-A pitching following a tremendous spring training in which he batted .517.
The strong offensive showing was enough for the Dodgers to overcome a shaky start from Ted Lilly, who went just four-plus innings and allowed five runs (four earned) and six hits. Los Angeles needed five relievers to finish out the game, with J.P. Howell (2-0) picking up the win and Brandon League notching his 13th save.
The Dodgers caught up to Padres starter Clayton Richard, though, tagging him for six runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings. Reliever Tyson Ross (0-2) wasn't much better, allowing three runs in 2 1/3 innings.
Adrian Gonzalez and Tim Federowicz each had two hits for Los Angeles.
Carlos Quentin led the Padres with three hits, including a home run. Chris Denorfia, Everth Cabrera, Kyle Blanks and Jesus Guzman each had two hits for San Diego.
In his major league debut Monday, Puig had two hits and sent Dodgers fans home smiling after ending the game with a double-play-capping dart from right field that caught Chris Denorfia off first base.
Puig earned a curtain call for the second straight game after his three-run homer tied the game 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Los Angeles seized the 6-5 lead two batters later on a sacrifice fly from the just-activated Hanley Ramirez.
A day after the Dodgers jumped on the Padres early with a pair of home runs, San Diego returned the favor.
Denorfia hit a solo home run in the first inning and Kyle Blanks added a two-run shot in the second, scoring Yasmani Grandal.
Federowicz trimmed the San Diego lead to one with a two-run home run in the second inning, but the Padres responded in the fourth inning with RBI singles by Guzman and Richard.
NOTES: The Dodgers activated Ramirez (hamstring) from the disabled list and placed LHP Chris Capuano (triceps) on the 15-day DL. ... Quentin sat out Monday with general soreness after hitting the outfield wall Sunday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, but he returned to play in his first game against the Dodgers since sending RHP Zack Greinke to the DL during an April brawl at the mound. ... Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that RHP Josh Beckett is battling a nerve injury that isn't expected to require surgery.