Despite the return of outfielders Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, the Dodgers' offense scuffled again, but Mark Ellis’ two-run home run in the sixth inning lifted the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on Friday night.
The Padres scored in the second inning and held a 1-0 lead until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Ellis saved the day in an otherwise futile offensive output.
Tony Gwynn Jr.reached on an infield single as a pinch-hitter for Clayton Kershaw. Gwynn r reached second on a forceout before Ellis lifted the Dodgers to a 2-1 advantage.
In his first big league appearance since May 30, Kemp went two for four with a double, but was not tested on the basepaths. Ethier was 0 for 2 and was hit by a pitch in his first game since June 27.