LOS ANGELES — June has been a long month for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the San Diego Padres made it even longer Tuesday night.
Chris James' run-scoring single snapped a tie in the 17th inning as the Padres beat the Dodgers 5-3. It was the second marathon game of the month for the Dodgers. On June 3, they lost to Houston in 22 innings.
Tony Gwynn started the 17th with a one-out bad-hop single over the head of second baseman Willie Randolph and stole second. Tim Belcher, 4-8, intentionally walked Jack Clark before James followed with a single to right field. Clark went to third on the hit and scored on Garry Templeton's sacrifice fly to left.
"I don't care how it looked. It was a good win for us. We're trying to get our act together," Gwynn said. "When you play 17 innings and you come up with a 'W' you feel like all the effort was worth it.