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Padres Avoid Sweep in L.A.

Thursday, Jun 6, 2013  |  Updated 6:06 AM PDT
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Padres Avoid Sweep in L.A.

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Clayton Kershaw threw a fourth inning pitch to Jedd Gyorko he'd like to have back.

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Jason Marquis stifled Dodger bats and flirted with a no-hitter in the process. The veteran righty gave up his first hit in the sixth inning, collecting his team high seventh win.

Jedd Gyorko homered in the fourth inning off of Clayton Kershaw. The solo shot, his seventh of the season, made it 2-0 Padres. Kershaw (5-4) took the loss. The former Cy Young Award winner struck out nine Padres in six innings of work.

In the bottom of the sixth inning Kyle Blanks made a diving catch to rob lead-off hitter Jerry Hairston, Jr. of extra bases. After the game Blanks was optioned to Triple-A Tucson to make room for Cameron Maybin, who just came off the disabled list.

Up a run in the top of the ninth the Padres pushed across three more to give them a comfortable 6-2 lead. Dale Thayer and Luke Gregerson combined to pitch a scoreless ninth inning. The 6-2 victory avoided the sweep and prevented the Padres from falling into last place. 

The Padres head to Colorado for a four game series beginning Thursday.

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