Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Jason Marquis took a no-hitter into the
sixth inning and the San Diego Padres held off the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-2,
to avoid a three-game sweep.
Marquis (7-2) allowed two runs on three hits while striking out six over 6 1/3
innings for the Padres, who snapped a three-game skid. The right-hander
improved to 6-0 over his last eight starts.
Jedd Gyorko hit a solo homer and knocked in two runs for San Diego, which also
got a pair of RBI from Yasmani Grandal. Jesus Guzman and Will Venable added an
Los Angeles starter Clayton Kershaw (5-4) gave up three runs -- two earned --
on seven hits while striking out nine over six innings. The left-hander had
pitched seven or more innings in each of his previous seven starts.
Scott Van Slyke hit a solo homer for the Dodgers, who were limited to five
hits. Adrian Gonzalez drove in a run.
The Padres gave Marquis some early support by scoring a run in the second
inning. Guzman reached on an infield single and advanced to second on
shortstop Hanley Ramirez's throwing error. Grandal followed with an RBI single
Gyorko led off the fourth with a homer to left, making it a 2-0 game.
Marquis retired the first 13 batters he faced in order. Andre Ethier and Van
Slyke worked consecutive one-out walks in the fifth. Marquis, though, retired
the next two batters to keep his no-hit bid alive.
San Diego backed Marquis with another run in the sixth. Gyorko walked, moved
to second on Kyle Blanks' groundout and raced home on Guzman's double to
Blanks made a great play in the field to start the bottom of the frame. He
made a great diving catch in right field to rob pinch-hitter Jerry Hairston of
a hit. After Yasiel Puig struck out swinging, Skip Schumaker doubled to right-
center field to bring an end to Marquis' no-hit bid. Schumaker scored on
Gonzalez's one-hopper that got past Gyorko at second.
Van Slyke's homer to left in the seventh chased Marquis from the game. Tim
Stauffer recorded the final two outs of the frame to keep it a 3-2 contest.
The Padres created some distance with a three-run ninth. Paco Rodriguez, who
recorded the final two outs in the eighth, quickly loaded the bases. J.P.
Howell took over on the mound and immediately gave up a sacrifice fly to
Gyorko. Blanks singled to fill the bags again. Venable's RBI single and
Grandal's sacrifice fly made it a 6-2 game.
Marquis improved to 8-4 in 18 lifetime meetings with the Dodgers, all but one
of those starts ... Kershaw fell to 8-5 in his career against the Padres ...
Dodgers relief pitcher Scott Elbert will undergo Tommy John elbow
reconstruction next week and will be sidelined for 12-to-16 months, the club
announced on Wednesday ... Puig went 0-for-4 after hitting a pair of homers on
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