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SAN DIEGO (AP) - In what has been an emotional stretch for the San Diego Padres they have played their best baseball.
The Padres’ ninth-inning rally on Friday night produced a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, their third straight victory.
“This has been a tough week for San Diego,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “When you look at the whole week, it has been more so than just the game. This was a good win for the city.”
Hall of Famer and Padres icon Tony Gwynn died Monday at age 54 after a long battle with cancer. The team has been struggling with the emotional aftermath since.
But after returning home Tuesday, the Padres haven’t lost.
With Gwynn’s No. 19 etched in right field, the Padres came back to beat the Mariners twice and added another thrilling win against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen (0-3).
“It’s unacceptable to pitch a game like that,” Jansen said.
Everth Cabrera’s sacrifice fly capped San Diego’s three-run ninth.
“When I hit the fly ball I celebrate like it was a walk-off bomb,” Cabrera said. “Especially against the Dodgers with all their fans from L.A. here.”
It was the Padres’ third consecutive win and it snapped a three-game winning streak by the Dodgers.
Trailing 5-3, Alexi Amarista opened the San Diego ninth with a single off Jansen and scored on Carlos Quentin’s pinch-hit double. Venable tied the game when his double scored pinch-runner Andrew Cashner. Venable took third on Rene Rivera’s sacrifice and scored on Cabrera’s deep fly to right.
“The last three days, we played real baseball,” Cabrera said.
Dale Thayer (3-2) pitched the ninth for the victory.
Yasiel Puig, who had two RBIs for the Dodgers, left in the eighth inning with a mild left hip muscle strain.
Seth Smith homered twice, doubled and walked for the Padres. It was Smith’s sixth multi-homer game of his career.
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