At the beginning of the season Padres rookie starter Eric Lauer struggled, but on Tuesday night he showed that maybe all it took was time for him to get warmed up.
The Friars defeated their arch-rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-1 on the left arm of Lauer, who pitched a career-high 8.2 innings. In that span, the lefty struck out eight batters. He was pulled just one out shy of a complete game.
In the fifth inning, the bats started flying for San Diego when catcher Austin Hedges blasted one to left field. The three-run homer gave the Padres the 3-0 lead.
A couple of batters later, Wil Myers, who has been on a hot streak since returning from injury, hammered one to deep center field. That gave the outfielder six homers in the last four games.
In the 8th inning, Dodgers shortstop Chris Taylor hit one to dead center and Manny Margot dove head first and sideways and secured not only the out but the fifth win for Lauer.
The Padres will try to take the series lead when they face the Dodgers again Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. PST at Petco Park.