The Padres got on the board quickly. On the first pitch of the game Chris Denorfia homered off Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw.
That lead didn't last long. Andre Ethier made his 1,000th career hit a memorable one. His solo homer in the second tied the game at one. That was the only run Stolts gave up. He pitched six solid innings allowing seven hits and just one earned run.
It looked as if the Padres would lose another tight one at Chavez Ravine. With one on, trailing by two in the top of the eighth Yasmani Grandal connected on a Matt Guerrier pitch to tie the game at three.
With the game still tied in the eleventh Dodgers pitcher John Ely (0-1) gave up a lead-off single to Cameron Maybin. Evreth Cabrera followed with a but single. An intentional walk to Will Venable loaded the bases. Logan Forsythe came through with a 2-RBI single to break the tie. Chase Headley followed with another RBI single to make it 6-3 Padres.
Luke Gregerson pitched the bottom of the 11th for the save. Reliever Tommy Lane got the win, his first as a big leaguer.
First pitch of the rubber game of this series is Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.