When things are going your way, you seem to get every break, even the lucky ones.
The Padres gifted the Dodgers three runs on Sunday afternoon thanks to a throwing error by reliever Nick Vincent and Los Angeles went on to beat San Diego 5-1, taking three out of four in the Labor Day weekend series at Petco Park.
The Dodgers got a run on the board in the first inning after Carl Crawford hit a one-out single and then stole second a few pitches later. Crawford would later score on a sacrifice fly by Andre Ethier.
"Guys know what the situation is and what the task at hand is," Ethier said of the team's performance of late. "We're dialed in and that much more prepared and focused on each individual play. One base-runner can be the difference in a game."
Jedd Gyorko tied the game in the bottom of the third with a solo shot off Dodgers starter Brett Anderson. It was Gyorko's third homer of the series, and 13th on the season.
Anderson (9-8) pitched well when he was on the mound, the most consistent starter on the team outside of Zack Greinke, allowed one run on four hits with four strikeouts in 5.2 innings before he left the game with a calf injury in the sixth inning.
"I guess I just didn't drink enough fluids," Anderson joked after the game. "It might be sore tomorrow, but I'm going to be fine moving forward."
It was Anderson's first start and first career victory against the Padres. Anderson last pitched against San Diego in 2009 when he was with the Oakland Athletics.
"My stuff was not very good, but I battled and kept us in the ballgame," Anderson continued. "Other than the cramp, it was a pretty good day."
Padres' starter Andrew Cashner on the other hand, was very familiar with his opponent. Sunday's game marked the fourth time Cashner faced the Dodgers this season. In his career, Cashner is 1-5 against the Dodgers in 10 starts.
Cashner (5-14) pitched well, but was done in by Vincent's throwing error. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed two runs on five hits with five strikeouts in six innings.
Corey Seager made the third start of his career at third base, moving everyday starter Justin Turner to second base. Seager hit safely for the third consecutive game he's started and recorded the first stolen base of his career in the fourth inning.
Los Angeles has won 11 of their last 13 games and move to a season-high 20 games over .500. Their lead in the NL West remains at 7.5 games after the Giants defeated the Colorado Rockies 7-4 earlier in the day.
Egg on their face:
With the bases loaded and two outs for the Dodgers, Ethier hit a slow dribbler down the first base line. Padres reliever, Nick Vincent fielded the ball, but airmailed the throw to first, sending the ball all the way into right field.
When the dust settled, all three runners scored on the play, Ethier was standing on third, and the Dodgers had a comfortable 5-1 lead. Ethier's dribbler may be the first ever "bases clearing bleeder" in MLB history.
"That might have been one of the few balls in this ballpark that could have cleared all the bases like that," Ethier laughed. "Baseball is a funny game. You can square it up and get out, or hit a little three-hopper and clear the bases."
The Padres have 69 unearned runs this season, the most in the Majors.
LAD@SD: Dodgers clear the bases on Vincent's error http://t.co/Iog7jqq366
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) September 6, 2015
Rocky Gale made his Major League debut as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning.
Brett Anderson left the game in the sixth inning with a Charlie horse (cramp) in his left calf muscle.
Matt Kemp extended his streak of safely reaching base to 26 consecutive games.
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