Dodgers beat Padres 8-6 to end 3-game skid

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 20, 2014 at 1:26 am •  Published: August 20, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A month after coming off the disabled list, Carl Crawford is on a tear.

He homered for the first time since May 23 and tied his season high with three RBIs in helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 8-6 on Tuesday night, avoiding a four-game losing streak.

Justin Turner drove in two runs and scored another pair for the Dodgers, who have won six of their last seven against the Padres while improving to 8-3 against their NL West rival this season.

Crawford hit a two-run shot with two outs in the seventh, just his fifth homer of the season. He is batting .420 since Aug. 4 after spending 1 ½ months on the DL with a sprained left ankle.

"Things are starting to get better for me," he said. "Hopefully some more (home runs) will come."

After getting swept in three games by Milwaukee and taking Monday off, the Dodgers had a team meeting before the game to talk about their skid.

"We wanted to get back on track again," Crawford said. "That day off was big. A lot of guys said they felt good today."

Former Padre Kevin Correia (2-0) allowed four runs and eight hits over five innings in his Dodger Stadium debut, falling behind 3-0 on Jedd Gyorko's three-run homer in the first. The right-hander struck out six and walked one while making his second start since being acquired from Minnesota on Aug. 9. He replaced Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is on the disabled list.

"Not the way you want to start but it's just one pitch," Correia said. "I was making some pretty close pitches early and just wasn't getting the call. I've pitched here so many times I felt good right away."

Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 35th save, although his throwing error on a bunt single led to a run.

On the final play of the game, Padres manager Bud Black challenged a call that ruled Abraham Almonte out at third on a tag play. Yasiel Puig hit Adrian Gonzalez with the cutoff throw to keep the tying run at first and Gonzalez fired to third as Almonte was diving back to the bag.

"He plays an aggressive style of baseball," Black said. "That play worked out for Puig."

Turner's RBI double to deep center field in the fourth inning scored Matt Kemp, who doubled leading off, and tied the game 3-all. A.J. Ellis' sacrifice fly gave the Dodgers their first lead of the game, 4-3. Correia grounded into a fielder's choice to the catcher, and Turner scored on a throwing error by first baseman Jake Goebbert to make it 5-3.

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