Dodgers' Gonzalez helps beat former team

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SAN DIEGO - The Padre killer came back to haunt his old club again.

Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres before 31,098 fans at Petco Park on Sunday

For Gonzalez, a former Padres slugger, stuck it to his old club again. Gonzalez, who the Padres traded to the Boston Red Sox in 2011, has hit more home runs (60) in Petco that any player. Four of them, including three in his past two trips to San Diego, have come as a Dodger. He also possesses the highest batting average (.382) at Petco of any active opposing player.

"We were still celebrating my homer (when Ramirez hit his)," said Gonzalez, a member of the Padres from 2006 through 2010. "We kept the celebration going. I told Hanley we're 2-0 on days when we both homer."

Gonzalez and Ramirez also went deep in Saturday's victory. That one ended a 12-game homerless streak for Gonzalez. His last home run before Saturday came June 3 against the Padres.

A San Diego native, Gonzalez said it's always a joy playing at home.

"I get to sleep in my own bed, enjoy lovely San Diego and go to my favorite restaurants," Gonzalez said. "(Petco) isn't the best place to hit. You still have to grind it out and look for a good pitch to hit."

Gonzalez hit his game-winner Sunday on a 2-2 slider off closer Huston Street into the seats in right to break up a 1-1 tie with one out in the ninth.

On the next pitch, Ramirez homered to right. It was the first time this season the Dodgers have registered consecutive home runs. They hadn't gone back-to-back since Aug. 18, 2012, when they did so against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Street (0-4) has allowed 10 home runs in 26 1/3 innings this season. The 10 home runs tie a season high. Last year, Street gave up only two long balls in 39 innings.

"It's just location in the non-save situations," Street said. "I'm 15 for 16 in save opportunities, which is way better than my career average. When you get beat at this level, most of the time it's a lack of execution. My four losses this year, lack of execution.

"It's four losses. That's how I look at it. The other 16 save opportunities I have been making my pitches."

Reliever Brandon League (3-3) retired the only batter he faced, Logan Forsythe, in the eighth and recorded the victory. Kenley Jansen worked the ninth and earned his fourth save.

The win allowed the Dodgers (32-42) to split the four-game series with the Padres (38-38).

Dodgers starter Chris Capuano gave them just what they needed. Manager Don Mattingly said Saturday he would limit Capuano to 75 pitches since the left-hander was pitching on three days' rest. Capuano, who threw 74 pitches (47 for strikes), blanked the Padres for five innings, giving up four hits and striking out five. He didn't walk a batter.

"It felt good (and) I felt strong," said Capuano, who has pitched 11 scoreless innings since coming off the disabled list June 19 with a shoulder strain.

He gave some of the credit to pitching coach Rick Honeycutt.

"Me and Rick have been working on some mechanical things and being able to locate a little better," he said. "The fastball has had some better movement on it and away from the right-handed hitters. I feel good throwing the ball."

Andrew Cashner had a strong outing for the Padres, but didn't figure in the decision. Cashner allowed a run on five hits in eight innings. He struck out two and walked one.

"I think, for the most part, I was really efficient in keeping my pitch down," said Cashner, who threw 91 pitches, 65 for strikes. "I threw some good pitches when I had to."

One Cashner wanted back was one he threw to Juan Uribe, who went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Uribe doubled to right off Cashner to score Gonzalez with two outs in the seventh for a 1-0 Dodger lead.

Carlos Quentin hit a solo home run to left off reliever Peter Moylan to lead off the bottom of the inning to tie the score. It was Quentin's eighth home run of the season.

It remained that way until Gonzalez delivered his blast.

NOTES: Dodgers CF Matt Kemp went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts, scoring a run and a stealing a base in his first rehab start at Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday night. OF Scott Van Slyke, also in Albuquerque for rehab, went 0-for-3. ... The Padres called up right-handed pitchers Brad Brach and Miles Mikolas from Triple-A Tucson and optioned right-handers Anthony Bass and Brad Boxberger back to Tucson. ... Capuano fanned Quentin in the fourth for his 1,000th career strikeout.
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