Padres Take Series at Dodger Stadium

Friars double up on the Dodgers with a second straight win

In their season-opening series at Petco Park, the Dodgers swept the Padres with 3 straight shutouts. So you figure it's going to get a lot worse when they meet at Dodger Stadium, right?

Nah, that’s not how the Baseball Gods work. San Diego beat L.A. 5-2 on Saturday night, taking the first two games of the series and setting up the possibility of a sweep on Sunday.

The Friars did their damage with the double. In the 3rd inning Wil Myers launched a double to center to score Jon Jay, who had doubled, to put the Padres up 1-0. Then Matt Kemp doubled to bring in Myers and pump the lead up to 2-0.

Starting pitcher Colin Rea was pretty good, aside from one hiccup in the bottom of the inning. He left a pitch over the plate and Dodgers 2nd baseman Chase Utley smoked it in to the right field seats for a 2-run home run. Those were the only two runs Rea allowed in 6.0 innings of work. The rookie earned his second win of the season because a couple innings later his offense hooked him up.

In the 5th inning Myers and Kemp drew walks and Melvin Upton Jr. – say it with me now -- doubled them home. Upton scored on an Alexei Ramirez single to make it 5-2 Friars. That broke the RBI doubles string so the scoring was all done but unlike their 5-game losing streak, this time the bullpen did not let the lead get away.

Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer each threw a scoreless inning to get the ball to closer Fernando Rodney, who worked a scoreless 9th to get his fourth save of the season. Rodney has not allowed an earned run yet in 2016.

Now all the Padres have to do to complete their sweep is beat Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. Fellow lefty Drew Pomeranz, who has the same number of wins (2) as Kershaw, takes the mound for the Friars.

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