Padres make most of Dodgers' errant ways

Padres make most of Dodgers' errant ways

Padres make most of Dodgers' errant ways
LOS ANGELES -- No need for any late-game drama on Sunday for the Padres, nor was there any desire for any daring baserunning as a means to manufacture offense.

All the Padres had to do, really, was put the ball in play.

As simple as it sounds, the ploy worked wonders, as the Padres took advantage of five errors en route to a 7-2 victory over the Dodgers in front of a crowd of 39,715.

The Padres, after dropping the series opener Friday, won the last two games of the series. On Saturday, the team rallied for two ninth-inning runs as Everth Cabrera stole home with two strikes and two outs, with Will Venable following him on a subsequent throwing error.

In the series finale, the Padres (36-54) stressed the Dodgers defensively in the late innings, scoring six of their seven runs over the final three innings to win going away.

"We did take advantage of a few things, but I think we had some good at-bats once we got deep in the game," Padres manager Bud Black said. "A couple big hits got us started and we capitalized on a few mistakes and kept adding on."

With the Padres trailing, 2-1, entering the seventh inning and with four hits to that point against Dodgers starter Chris Capuano (9-5), Cameron Maybin reached on a two-out error by third baseman Jerry Hairston. A single by Cabrera put runners on first and second. John Baker then walked to load the bases.

Black went to his bench for switch-hitter Yasmani Grandal, who went to the plate right-handed against the left-hander Capuano. Grandal bounced a ball to Hairston, who made a nice spinning play to gather the ball before throwing wide of first base as two runs scored.

"You'd like to get a better grip on the ball, but with him running down the line, sometimes you don't have that luxury," said Hairston, who hadn't committed an error at third base this season. "You just have to let it go. Really all day it was tough to get a grip for whatever reason."

Another pinch-hitter, Alexi Amarista, then reached on an infield single -- the ball went to, yes, Hairston -- as another run scored to give the Padres a 4-2 advantage.

The Padres added another run in the eighth inning on a home run by Chase Headley, who hit home runs in the final two games of the series. He has 45 RBIs this season, surpassing his total (44) from a year ago.

Not finished yet, San Diego added two more runs in the ninth inning as the Dodgers (48-42) made yet another error. Carlos Quentin knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly and Yonder Alonso knocked in a run with a single for a 7-2 lead.

All told, the Padres had eight of their 12 hits from the seventh inning on. Maybin finished with three hits, the first time he's done so since May 24. Headley and Alonso each added two hits.

"That was great ... that's what you're supposed to do," Headley said of the late-game offense. "I think that we did put a lot of pressure on them with some good at-bats."

For Headley, it was his fifth home run of the season against the Dodgers -- half of his season total.

"I guess it's a coincidence," he said, smiling. "But that's something I need to do a lot more ... hit the ball in the air more to right field."

San Diego starter Jason Marquis (2-5) appeared to be teetering early, as the first three batters he faced reached base, the last a single by Andre Ethier, which allowed leadoff hitter Tony Gwynn time to score from second base for a 1-0 lead.

After the game, Black told reporters that Marquis had been up most of the night battling a stomach flu of sorts, which caused vomiting and, as Black put it, might have contributed to his slow start.

"It was a gritty, gutty effort," Black said.

Marquis escaped further damage when he got James Loney to bounce into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. From there, Marquis essentially cruised, as he allowed just one more run on four hits over the final five innings.

"It was like I had a big knot in my stomach," Marquis said. "It pretty much zapped my energy. So I was easing up on my delivery and I tried to stay in the shade between innings."

From there, the bullpen took care of the rest.

Left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher got all four of the hitters he faced. Luke Gregerson retired the two batters he faced in the eighth inning before Dale Thayer handled the ninth inning. Closer Huston Street was warming in the bullpen but sat after the Padres scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning.

"The last three innings, I thought our pitching was great," Black said of the bullpen.

Corey Brock is a reporter for Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.