- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Odrisamer Despaigne went toe-to-toe again with reigning NL MVP and three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, and the San Diego Padres’ second-year pitcher performed well.

Although Despaigne and Kershaw had nearly similar numbers, neither figured in the decision after pinch-hitter Alex Guerrero’s bloop single broke a tie in the eighth inning to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-3 win Friday night.

Despaigne and Kershaw both pitched effectively into the seventh, but there were two big shifts in the late innings.

Derek Norris hit a two-run homer in the seventh off Yimi Garcia to give the Padres a 3-2 lead. But the Dodgers bounced right back with two runs off relievers Dale Thayer (2-1) and Shawn Kelley.

“Every fifth day, I feel good and the results have been somewhat consistent over the past couple of starts,” Despaigne said.

The Cuban right-hander pitched 6 1-3 innings, allowing two runs - one earned - with five walks and two strikeouts.

“He did his job,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “He got us into the seventh inning. He hung in there.”

Kershaw carried a three-hit shutout into the seventh before he allowed a solo homer with one out to Clint Barmes. The lefty gave up one run and four hits in 6 2-3 innings, striking out 11 and walking three.

“Despaigne was battling out there, I was battling out there,” Kershaw said. “But we came up with some big hits.”

The Dodgers won their fourth straight game.

After Barmes’ homer, Kershaw was lifted one out later for Garcia (3-2). Wil Myers then hit a high popup in front of the mound. Turner, playing first base, went to catch it but ran into Garcia and dropped the ball for an error.

On the next pitch, Norris hammered his seventh home run into the brick Western Metal Supply Co. building seats for the lead.

Kershaw has allowed just three earned runs and 10 hits with 39 strikeouts in 28 2-3 innings over his last four starts. He leads the majors with 111 strikeouts.

“The game plan against Kershaw was to be aggressive,” Barmes said. “Guys were able to make him work a little bit more.”

Howie Kendrick, who led off the eighth with a double against Thayer and went to third on an error, scored on Turner’s single to tie it 3-all. With two outs, Andre Ethier scored the go-ahead run on Guerrero’s single off Kelley.

Kenley Jensen pitched the ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.

Los Angeles’ Adrian Gonzalez grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the seventh and was ejected after he said something to plate umpire Doug Eddings as he ran back to the dugout.


Since making his major league debut last season, Despaigne has opposed Kershaw three times - and the Padres have lost all three. Kershaw was the winner twice.


Dodgers: Turner started at 3B after being sidelined for two games. He fouled a ball off his left knee on Monday. … RHP Brandon Beachy is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. Beachy, who underwent Tommy John surgery in August 2013, has been on the 60-day disabled list all season. … INF-OF Scott Van Slyke (back inflammation) is scheduled to play in a couple of rehab games next week.

Padres: LHP Cory Luebke is set to pitch Saturday in a game for the first time in more than three years. Luebke, who has had two Tommy John operations, is scheduled to start a minor league rehab assignment with Class A Lake Elsinore. Luebke has not pitched in the majors since winning a start against San Francisco in April 2012.


Dodgers: RHP Zack Greinke looks to continue his dominance against NL West foes since joining the club in 2013. Greinke is 22-2 with a 2.06 ERA while holding NL West hitters to a .214 batting average.

Padres: In two starts against the Dodgers this season, RHP Ian Kennedy is 0-2 with an 8.71 ERA, allowing 10 earned runs and 14 hits - including four homers - in 10 1-3 innings.

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