Nice Start, Rough Ending for the Padres

Another tough night for the Padres at Dodgers Stadium. They got off to a good start scoring a couple runs off Chad Billingsley in the first inning and Kevin Kousmanoff with a 2 RBI single.

Andre Ethier homered his first two times up, Matt Kemp hit a go-ahead shot, and Orlando Hudson also went deep against Chris Young to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

Chad Billingsley overcame a shaky start to tie Johan Santana, Jason Marquis and Matt Cain for the NL lead in wins. The right-hander threw 117 pitches over 5 2-3 innings, allowing three runs and eight hits just hours after suspended slugger Manny Ramirez made a surprise visit to the Dodgers' clubhouse with 20 games left on his 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's substance abuse policy.

The Dodgers are the first team to 40 wins. Padres meanwhile, have lost 20 of 28 games on the road so far this season.

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