Bullpen Falters Again As Dodgers Fall To Padres

Andre Ethier's 26-game hitting streak is tied for the fifth longest streak in the 128-year franchise history of the Dodgers.

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Dodgers Fall To Padres, 5-2

The San Diego Padres scored three runs in the eighth inning off relief pitcher Matt Guerrier, giving them a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The loss snapped the Dodgers' brief winning streak at two games. The Padres scored five runs for just the third time in their last 12 games.

Andre Ethier had two hits on the night for L.A., extending his hitting streak to 26, an MLB record for April. The Dodgers scored their two runs on a bases loaded sacrifice fly by James Loney in the fourth inning and a pinch RBI single by Tony Gwynn in the seventh inning, which briefly tied the game at 2-2. For Guerrier, it was the second straight Saturday that he allowed multiple runs in the eighth inning in a loss. He has allowed eight runs and 13 baserunners in his last 4 2/3 innings.

Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven strong innings for the Dodgers, allowing just two runs on five hits, walking two and striking out seven. The Dodgers ended April with a 14-14 record. Jon Garland and Dustin Moseley face off in Sunday's series finale.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Padres: Starting Lineups

Here are the starting lineups for Saturday night's game between the Dodgers and Padres. Hiroki Kuroda starts for the Dodgers, and Tim Stauffer starts for San Diego.

Padres (9-17)

Venable RF
Bartlett SS
Ludwick LF
Headley 3B
Hundley C
Hudson 2B
Maybin CF
Hawpe 1B
Stauffer P

Dodgers (14-13)

Miles 2B
Sands LF
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Uribe 3B
Loney 1B
Barajas C
Carroll SS
Kuroda P

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Padres: Streaking Ethier, L.A. Look For Third Straight Win

The Dodgers look for their third straight win Saturday night, hosting the Padres in the second game of a three game series at Dodger Stadium. Hiroki Kuroda gets the call for the Dodgers, while Tim Stauffer starts for San Diego. Andre Ethier will look to extend his hitting streak to 26 games tonight, extending his own MLB record for longest hitting streak in April.

Ethier, who is hitting .375/.444/.558, and Matt Kemp, hitting .373/.453/.627, have carried the Dodgers offense this season. However, the third and fourth hitters in the Dodger lineup have been helped by Juan Uribe of late. Uribe has 12 hits, including three home runs, in his last 26 at-bats. However, that production by Uribe has been spread over 12 days, as he was out of the lineup for five straight games with tightness in his left thigh. Uribe returned to the lineup Friday night, and contributed a double and a home run, helping the Dodgers to a 3-2 win.

Kuroda is 3-2 this season and leads the Dodgers with a 3.21 ERA. He is seventh in the National League with a 4.6 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Stauffer also has a 3.21 ERA this season, but has no wins to show for it, thanks to poor run support. The Padres have scored five runs in Stauffer's five starts while he was in the game. The Padres have scored just 18 runs in their last 11 contests. Tonight's 7:10 p.m. game will be televised by Prime Ticket.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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