Harang returns to San Diego, beats Padres
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres still haven’t been able to win three straight games this year, and Edison Volquez hasn’t been able to win three consecutive starts since 2008.
Aaron Harang held his former team to four hits in seven shutout innings and had one of Los Angeles’ 12 hits as the Dodgers beat San Diego 8-1 Thursday night to split a two-game series.
The Padres (14-25), who have the worst record in the NL, came in having won at Washington on Tuesday and against the Dodgers on Wednesday but couldn’t make it three in a row. San Diego committed two more errors and has 39, second-most in the majors.
The Dodgers (25-13), who have the best record in the majors, are 1-2 since Matt Kemp went on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
“The story tonight was Harang,” Padres manager Bud Black said.
Harang (3-2) struck out six and walked none to beat the Padres for the first time in three starts against them this year. On April 13 in Los Angeles, Harang set a Dodgers record with nine consecutive strikeouts, one short of the major league mark, and tied his career high with 13. He got a no-decision in the 9-8 victory.
Harang lost 8-4 at San Diego on April 8 as the Padres avoided a four-game sweep. Harang was with his hometown Padres last year, leading them with 14 victories. The Padres didn’t try to keep him after the season and he signed with Los Angeles.
Harang was 0-5 in his previous seven starts against San Diego. His last victory against the Padres was July 30, 2005, at Petco Park while with Cincinnati.
Every Dodgers regular except leadoff batter Dee Gordon had at least one hit. Gordon had a sacrifice fly.
The Dodgers kept Volquez (2-2) from winning three straight starts for the first time since May 7-18, 2008, with Cincinnati.
“He didn’t quite have the command of all his pitches,” Black said. “They got some big hits off him. He just didn’t command the game like we have seen in the past.”
Volquez allowed five runs, three earned, and seven hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked three.
“He was getting frustrated,” catcher John Baker said. “It’s a little bit more noticeable when it’s your ace.”
Bobby Abreu hit an RBI triple in the first and Andre Ethier followed with a run-scoring single. Ethier leads the NL with 35 RBIs.
Gordon had a sacrifice fly in the second. James Loney hit an RBI double in the fifth and another run scored on a two-base error by center fielder Cameron Maybin. Mark Ellis and Harang singled in runs in the seventh, and Ellis brought in another run with a groundout in the ninth.
“We just seemed to have more energy tonight,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
NOTES: Padres LF James Darnell sustained a partial dislocation of his left shoulder diving for Tony Gwynn Jr.’s double in the sixth. He was replaced by Chris Denorfia. … With a walk in the first, Dodgers C A.J. Ellis extended his streak of reaching base safely to 26 games, the second-longest active run in baseball. … The Padres shook up their struggling middle infield by waiving second baseman Orlando Hudson and placing light-hitting shortstop Jason Bartlett on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right knee. The team recalled shortstop Everth Cabrera and second baseman Alexi Amarista from Triple-A Tucson, and both were in the lineup. … The Padres also claimed left-hander Eric Stults off waivers from the Chicago White Sox, with a corresponding move to be made when he reports to San Diego. … The Padres open a three-game set Friday night against the Angels, with Jered Weaver (5-1, 2.83 ERA) slated to start for Los Angeles against Jeff Suppan (2-1, 1.69).