Adrian Gonzalez's Huge Day Helps Padres Trip Streaking Dodgers

The Padres gained back some ground in the tight NL West by putting a convincing end to LA's extended winning streak. Check out more at Gaslamp Ball and True Blue LA.

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Adrian Gonzalez's Huge Day Helps Padres Trip Streaking Dodgers

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Adrian Gonzalez smacked a three-run homer and drove in a career-high six runs as part of a three-hit performance, as the San Diego Padres put a halt to the Dodgers' nine-game winning streak with a 10-5 victory in the opener of a brief two-game series between these two National League West foes.

Will Venable went 4-for-5 with an RBI and four runs scored and fell a homer shy of the cycle for the Padres, who had lost four of five coming in. Chase Headley hit a solo homer for San Diego, which got two RBI from David Eckstein.

Jon Garland (5-2) went five frames in the start, allowing four runs on nine hits. He also fanned four batters and walked two to pick up the win.

"I thought John battled his butt off tonight," Padres manager Bud Black said. "The Dodgers had good at-bats and he did everything he could to get those guys out. He held his stuff."

Casey Blake went 3-for-5 and belted a solo homer for the Dodgers, who were trying to win 10 in a row for the first time since an 11-game winning streak from July 28-August 8, 2006.

Xavier Paul had a pair of hits and knocked in two runs for Los Angeles, which was without star left fielder Manny Ramirez, who suffered a left foot injury during pregame warmups. Ramirez came on as a pinch-hitter in the fifth, but went down swinging.

Ramon Ortiz (1-2) lasted just 3 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on six hits with three walks to take the loss.

"We had a lot of opportunities. Our success is how well we pitch and we didn't pitch well tonight," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said.

Eckstein knocked in a run on a groundout in the top of the first, and LA's Matt Kemp recorded an RBI base hit in the bottom half to tie the game.

The Dodgers scored twice in the second to go ahead 3-1. Blake DeWitt started the frame with a double and moved to third on a groundout. A wild pitch on ball four to Russell Martin allowed DeWitt to score. Paul then knocked in Martin with a double to right.

Gonzalez hit a two-run single in the third to make it a 3-3 contest.

San Diego then exploded for five runs in the top of the fourth. Everth Cabrera doubled, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and crossed the plate on Venable's base hit up the middle. Ramon Troncoso relieved Ortiz and gave up a single to Eckstein. Gonzalez stepped to the plate and cleared the bases with a home run to right-center field. Headley made it back-to-back homers with a blast to right. Jeff Weaver was called upon from the bullpen to prevent further damage.

LA got a run back in the home half on Paul's RBI groundout. Blake's solo shot in the seventh cut the gap to 8-5.

In the ninth, San Diego added two insurance runs on RBI singles from Eckstein and Gonzalez.

The Padres lost six of nine meetings with Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium last year and are 7-14 over their last 21 visits to Chavez Ravine...San Diego outfielder Kyle Blanks (right elbow) missed the game...The Padres started a five-game road trip on Wednesday. They have now won eight of their last nine games on the road...San Diego left 13 men on, while LA stranded nine.

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