San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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Home Runs: LAD - Justin Turner (4)

Clayton Kershaw pitched a gem but was in line for a loss in the eighth inning. Luckily for him, Justin Turner crushed a two-run bomb and gave Kershaw and the Dodgers a win. Tyson Ross pitched an eight-inning complete game.

1:02 | August 22, 2014 | Baseball, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, San Diego Padres

Game Information
Location: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 39,596

LOS ANGELES (AP) The first-place Dodgers have staged plenty of comebacks this season. Just not after seven innings.

They snapped an 0-for-46 skid with two runs in the eighth and Clayton Kershaw outdueled Tyson Ross for a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night.

"We need wins no matter what," said Kershaw, whose team is 3 1/2 games ahead of San Francisco. "The Giants are playing better right now."

Kershaw (15-3) allowed one run and three hits in eight innings, striking out 10 and walking two. He tied Johnny Cueto, Wily Peralta and Adam Wainwright for the major league lead in victories. The left-hander was originally scheduled to start Friday, but he was moved up to give Zack Greinke extra rest for his sore elbow.

"I don't think I've ever seen anybody like this guy," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Tomorrow will be on to the next one and he'll be on a mission for that. A huge competitor."

Pitching on regular rest after Monday's day off, Kershaw bounced back from losing his previous start against Milwaukee after winning his 11 previous decisions. The two-time Cy Young Award winner retired 12 in a row before giving up his first hit - a single by Ross - with two outs in the sixth.

"My command was lacking the first couple of innings, but I was able to keep the pitch count down," Kershaw said.

Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth to earn his 36th save.

Ross (11-12) held his own against Kershaw, retiring 12 straight after giving up his second hit in the third. The right-hander allowed two runs and four hits in eight innings, struck out eight and walked two.

"You want to be out there battling the other guy and putting up zeroes and pitching deep into games," Ross said. "Kershaw's having an MVP-type year, and he was just a little better."

Carl Crawford reached on an infield single to the mound leading off the eighth and Turner followed with his fourth homer into the left-field pavilion, putting the Dodgers ahead 2-1.

"That was one of the most exciting moments of my career," Turner said. "We just try to pull together. Carl puts together a good at-bat. I caught a mistake off Ross."

Ross said, "It was just a hung slider and he put a good swing on it. Unfortunately, there was a guy on first base and it was enough to take the lead rather than just be tied up."

Turner was 2 for 3 and is batting .362 with eight RBIs and eight runs scored in 17 games this month.

The Padres led 1-0 on Rene Rivera's RBI single in the seventh.

Los Angeles took two out of three against San Diego, and has won its last eight series against NL West opponents. Kershaw beat the Padres for the fourth consecutive time and improved to 11-6 against them in his career.

DOMINANT DODGERS

They are 20-12 against the Padres since the start of last season, with an 8-1-1 series record.

TOUGH LUCK

Ross fell to 0-4 against the Dodgers in his last five starts while receiving a combined three runs of support. He has a 2.67 ERA against them. "He's been pitching lights-out," Kershaw said. "He doesn't give much. His slider-fastball combination is pretty unbelievable."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: Closer Joaquin Benoit had been bothered by shoulder problems, but he will avoid a DL stint. Manager Bud Black said Benoit could return Friday if he's feeling as good as he was on Thursday; if not, he will be ready on Saturday.

Dodgers: Mattingly said he believes Greinke's elbow isn't going to be a long-term problem. Infielder Juan Uribe, on the DL with a right hamstring strain, has resumed baseball activities. Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, on the DL with a right oblique strain, is doing well.

ON DECK

Padres: Odrisamer Despaigne (11-11, 2.70 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series at Arizona. He made seven minor league starts after signing with the team on May 2. Despaigne is the second Cuban-born pitcher to appear in a game for the Padres and the first to make a start.

Dodgers: Struggling Dan Haren (10-10, 4.59) takes the mound in the series opener against the Mets. Last weekend, he allowed six runs on five hits in three innings in a 7-2 loss to Milwaukee.

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Pitcher Matchup
Tyson Ross
Innings Pitched:8 (Loss)
H 4, R 2, 2.68 ERA
Clayton Kershaw
(Win) Innings Pitched:8
H 3, R 1, 1.82 ERA

 
Kenley Jansen
(Save) Innings Pitched: 1
H 0, R 0, 2.92 ERA

Los Angeles batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Dee Gordon 2B 4 0 1 0 0 3 1 .286
Yasiel Puig RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .309
Adrian Gonzalez 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270
Matt Kemp CF 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .274
Carl Crawford LF 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 .267
Justin Turner 3B 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 .314
A.J. Ellis C 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 .180
Miguel Rojas SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .203
Clayton Kershaw P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
Andre Ethier RF 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .243
Kenley Jansen P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

San Diego batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Yangervis Solarte 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .263
Abraham Almonte CF 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 .333
Jedd Gyorko 2B 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 .202
Will Venable RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .226
Tommy Medica 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .249
Seth Smith LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .296
Yasmani Grandal C 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .205
Rene Rivera C 2 0 1 1 1 1 0 .241
Rymer Liriano RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .241
Cameron Maybin CF 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .243
Alexi Amarista SS 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .232
Tyson Ross P 3 0 1 0 0 2 0 .180

Los Angeles pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Clayton Kershaw 8 3 1 1 2 10 103-69 1.82
Kenley Jansen 1 0 0 0 1 2 16-10 2.92

San Diego pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Tyson Ross 8 4 2 2 2 8 97-64 2.68