LOS ANGELES – San Diego scored five runs on five doubles and the Padres beat the Dodgers 5-2 on Friday night for Los Angeles' sixth straight loss.
John Jay, Wil Myers (2), Matt Kemp and Melvin Upton Jr. all doubled off Dodgers' rookie Ross Stripling as Los Angeles lost their second series in a row and first gainst San Diego since April, 2013.
Stripling (0-2) allowed five runs on seven hits with six strikeouts in 4.2 innings and is still in search of his first career win.
"Right around the fourth and fifth inning, teams are really starting to get after me," Stripling said of his struggles. "Teams are really starting to adjust to me, and I need to start adjusting as well, or else it's going to be rough every time."
For the second night in a row, the Dodgers only offense came via the long ball as Chase Utley hit a two-run homer in the third inning.. Utley hit a 3-1 fastball into the right field seats off Colin Rea for his first home run of the season.
Rea (2-1) earned his first victory over L.A. this season allowing two runs on four hits with three strikeouts in six innings.
San Diego scored two runs in the top of the third when they hit three consecutive doubles on three straight pitches. According to Stats, LLC. It was the first time they had done so since July 26, 2006 (also against the Dodgers) when Josh Barfield, Jake Peavy and current Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts did it.
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"The three doubles on three pitches? Jay's was a good pitch, but the next two were cookies down the middle," Stripling said when asked about the third inning. "I probably have to make better pitch selection and keep them off balance."
The Padres tacked on three more in the fifth after an Upton double capped off a two-out rally.
"It's frustrating to be one-pitch away and not be able to get out of an inning," Stripling said of the fifth. "You can't walk two guys with two outs. I threw a terrible heater down the middle to Upton."
After Utley's homer, the Dodgers were only able to scrape together one hit the rest of the way. In their six-game losing streak (longest since June 1-18, 2011) Los Angeles has been unable to string multiple hits together and have stranded 32 runners in scoring position (2-for-35).
"If you would have told me before the season that we would be 12-13 in April, lose six in a row, and still be in first place the way we're playing, I think we would have taken that," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said after the game.
Players of the Game:
Wil Myers: 2-for-3, two doubles, two runs scored
Chase Utley: Two-run homer.
1. Stay Classy, San Diego: On Friday, the Padres snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Dodgers and ended their 32-inning scoreless streak. On Saturday, they won their first series against Los Angeles since April of 2013.
2. April Blues: The Dodgers suffered their first losing month since September of 2013 as they finish the month of April with a record of 12-13.
3. Under .500: The Dodgers have a record below .500 (12-13) for the first time since Sept. of 2014 (2-3). Despite their record, the team is tied for first place in the NL West.
Only one more inning until the NL West leading Dodgers are under .500 but will still lead the NL West — Sharks' Black Cat (@atf13atf) May 1, 2016
Padres (9-15): Drew Pomeranz takes the mound for San Diego on Sunday, searching for this third win of the season.
Dodgers (12-13): Fans in attendance are in for a treat on Sunday when Clayton Kershaw takes the mound in a matinee performance. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM PST.
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