SAN DIEGO (AP) — Another extra-inning loss for the Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego proved to be a costly one for the NL West leaders.
Alexi Amarista singled in the winning run with one out in the 10th inning, lifting the Padres to a 2-1 victory Saturday night.
Los Angeles' lead in the division was sliced to 2 1/2 games over San Francisco, which beat Milwaukee 3-1 for its fifth consecutive victory. It's the Dodgers' smallest lead since they were up by the same margin on Aug. 6.
"I expected it from early on," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "I think everyone in our locker room understands how good the Giants are and where we are at and how hard games are to win down the stretch. We are getting into a pennant race and we should have expected it."
Will Venable started the winning rally with a single to center off Jamey Wright (4-4) and stole second as pinch-hitter Rymer Liriano struck out. Amarista then lofted a single into center field and Venable slid in headfirst just ahead of the throw.
Padres manager Bud Black was ejected in the top of the 10th for arguing a call that Yasiel Puig checked his swing on a 2-2 pitch with two outs and Matt Kemp on second. Puig struck out on the next pitch.
Tim Stauffer (6-2) pitched the 10th for the win.
The Padres had runners on first and second with no outs in the ninth when Yasmani Grandal lined a shot back at J.P. Howell. The reliever somehow caught the ball, turned and doubled Abraham Almonte off second. Brian Wilson came on and got Jedd Gyorko to fly out to left.
Starters Zack Greinke and Ian Kennedy both pitched well.
On June 12, 2013, Kennedy, then with Arizona, was one of six players and coaches ejected after a brawl with the Dodgers. Kennedy hit Puig and Greinke with high pitches.
Greinke held San Diego to one run and four hits in eight innings. He struck out eight and walked two.
Greinke said the Dodgers have been concerned about the Giants all season.