The Los Angeles Dodgers walked all over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night, especially in the second inning, holding on for an 8-5 win and their seventh win in their last eight games. The Dodgers scored eight runs in the pivotal second inning, chasing Tim Stauffer, including a grand slam by Andre Ethier.
The slam by Ethier was his first home run since July 25, after a span of 120 plate appearances without a home run. It came on the first pitch by Padres' relief pitcher Anthony Bass, after a poor start by Stauffer. The Dodgers were walked seven times by Stauffer, who also allowed seven runs and recorded just five outs on the night.
The Dodgers walked 12 times, their highest total since walking 14 times against the Atlanta Braves on April 21, 1999. Matt Kemp reached base in all five plate appearances, with one single and a career-high four walks. Kemp has scored a run in seven straight games.
On the season, the Dodgers have scored 520 runs and allowed 518, the first time they have had a positive run differential since the second game of the season, on April 1. Ted Lilly goes for the series sweep Wednesday afternoon, facing Wade LeBlanc for San Diego.
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