Turnerís blast prevented Clayton Kershaw from suffering a
hard-luck loss and enabled the Dodgers to move 3 1/2 games ahead of
San Francisco in the National League West. Kershaw (15-3) struck out
10 and allowed one run and three hits in eight innings to move into
a tie for most victories in the majors.
Padres starter Tyson Ross (11-12) took a shutout into the eighth
inning before making his lone mistake. Ross allowed two runs and
four hits and struck out eight while going the distance for San
Diego, which dropped to 2-5 on a 10-game road trip.
Ross retired the side in four consecutive innings until Carl
Crawford reached on an infield single. Turner followed with a blast
over the left-field fence to turn a 1-0 deficit into a one-run lead
and Kenley Jansen struck out two in the ninth to record his 36th
Kershaw didnít allow a hit over the first 5 2/3 innings until Ross
lined a clean single to left-center. Abraham Almonte singled and
Jedd Gyorko walked to start the San Diego seventh, and Almonte moved
to third on a flyout and Gyorko advanced to second on a wild pitch
before Rene Rivera drilled a single to left to score Almonte.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Los Angeles SS Hanley Ramirez (oblique) took batting
practice and is expected to come off the disabled list Sunday. Ö San
Diego RHP Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) was unavailable again but manager
Bud Black told reporters the closer could return over the weekend. Ö
Dodgers RHP Zack Greinke (elbow) threw a shortened bullpen session and
is on track to start Saturday.
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