LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chase Headley kept up his torrid hitting and Andrew Werner pitched six strong innings. Neither was enough to hold off the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Headley drove in all three San Diego runs in a 4-3 loss in 11 innings on Monday night, the Padres' third straight defeat. A day earlier, Headley had six RBIs and Alexi Amarista had five hits, but Amarista was hitless in four at-bats against the Dodgers.
Werner allowed two runs on five hits, struck out a career-high eight and walked one in his third major league start. The 25-year-old left-hander also picked up his first career hit with a single in the seventh, when pinch-runner Clayton Richard scored the go-ahead run.
But A.J. Ellis singled in the winning run off Cory Burns (0-1) in the bottom of the 11th after two-out singles by Andre Ethier and Luis Cruz, who had a career-high four hits for the Dodgers.
"That's definitely a tough lineup, but it was a lot of fun facing them," Werner said. "Those are the guys you watch all the time on TV, so those are the guys you want to face. You want to face the best and see how you stack up. I threw them a little bit of everything just to keep them off-balance. I didn't throw them any fastballs, just off-speed stuff. I got ahead early and got two strikes, I think, almost every at-bat against them."
Werner got the Padres' rally started in the seventh with the one-out single. After Everth Cabrera flied out to center, pinch-hitter Logan Forsythe singled off the pitching hand of Dodgers lefty Randy Choate, who promptly left the game.
Choate was replaced by Belisario, who gave up a two-out single to Headley that scored Richard, the scheduled starter for Wednesday's series finale, to give San Diego a 3-2 lead.
Padres manager Bud Black said he used Richard on the basepaths because "I didn't feel real comfortable with (Werner's) foot speed in case Chase got a base hit. I still liked the way Andrew was throwing, and he probably had one more inning in him. But if Chase gets a base hit and we can't score there, that would have been a tough one to live with."