In the much anticipated matchup against his former team Adrian Gonzales went 1-for-5 with a walk and a strikeout for the Dodgers.
The Padres were powered once again by Chase Headley. He hit his 24th homer of the year in the first inning to give the Padres a 2-0 lead.
With the game tied at two in the seventh it was Headley again to the rescue. His RBI single scored a pinch running Clayton Richard to make it 3-2.
The Padres held onto that lead until the bottom of the ninth. But with one out Luke Gregerson gave up a solo homer to Andre Ethier that tied the game at three.
The Padres used seven pitchers. Starter Andrew Werner sent six innings before leaving. Reliever Cory Burns took the loss when Ellis connected on a two out single that ended it in the bottom of the eleventh.
In their last two losses, both by one run, the Padres pounded out 30 hits.