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Dodgers beat Padres 2-1 to end 2-game skid

Posted: June 3, 2013 9:53 p.m.
Updated: June 3, 2013 9:53 p.m.
Los Angeles Dodger Yasiel Puig hits a single against the San Diego Padres on Monday in Los Angeles.  Los Angeles Dodger Yasiel Puig hits a single against the San Diego Padres on Monday in Los Angeles. 
Los Angeles Dodger Yasiel Puig hits a single against the San Diego Padres on Monday in Los Angeles. 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Van Slyke homered, Yasiel Puig had a successful major league debut and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 on Monday night.

Stephen Fife (1-0) allowed one run and five hits in 5 1-3 innings to earn his first major league win. The right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque earlier in the day to replace left-hander Chris Capuano, who was scratched because of a strained left triceps.

Fife made the second consecutive spot start for the injury-riddled Dodgers after Matt Magill filled in for Hyun-Jin Ryu in Sunday's 7-2 loss at Colorado. The 26-year-old right-hander made one previous start for Los Angeles on April 21 against Baltimore, resulting in a no-decision.

Brandon League pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 15 chances.

Puig batted leadoff and went 2 for 4 with two singles, including one in his first at-bat that drew high-fives from his new teammates. The 22-year-old Cuban defector also was brought up on the same day left fielder Carl Crawford went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.

San Diego got the potential tying run on first in the ninth when League walked Chris Denorfia with one out. But Kyle Blanks flied out to right and Puig fired to first base to double off Denorfia and end the game.

Left-hander Eric Stults (4-5) pitched seven solid innings, but was saddled with the hard-luck loss.

Gonzalez homered into the Padres' bullpen with two outs in the first inning. Van Slyke made it 2-0 in the second with a leadoff homer.

The Padres cut it to 2-1 in the sixth on Chase Headley's RBI single that scored Alexi Amarista, who doubled. They had won five straight games at Dodger Stadium dating to last season, including a three-game sweep from April 15-17.

The Padres also threatened in the eighth when Everth Cabrera singled and stole second with one out. But Kenley Jansen retired the next two batters to end the inning.

NOTES: The Dodgers turned four double plays, while the Padres had two. ... Padres OF Carlos Quentin was nursing a sore right shoulder after running into the wall on Sunday. Manager Bud Black said he likely would return to the lineup on Tuesday or Wednesday. Quentin has yet to face theDodgers since he charged the mound and confronted Dodgers RHP Zack Greinke on April 11. Greinke broke his collarbone and Quentin was suspended eight games. ... Padres INF Yonder Alonso is regaining strength in his right hand and could be back in action later this week. He was hit on the hand by a pitch on Friday. ... Former Dodgers OF Milton Bradley was convicted Monday of nine misdemeanor counts of abusing his estranged wife, including assault with a deadly weapon. He faces up to 7½ years in jail at his July 2 sentencing in Los Angeles.


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