Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

LA Dodgers leads 2-0 (as of 6/4)

Game 1: Monday, June 3
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LA Dodgers2
Game 2: Tuesday, June 4
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LA Dodgers9
Game 3: Wednesday, June 5
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Padres 7

(26-32, 10-18 away)

Dodgers 9

(25-32, 16-15 home)

    Coverage:  KCAL

    10:10 PM ET, June 4, 2013

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    W: J. Howell (2-0)

    L: T. Ross (0-2)

    S: B. League (13)

    Yasiel Puig homers twice to power Dodgers' rally over Padres

    Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig powered the Dodgers in his second major league game, injecting the kind of excitement that has been missing all season for the last-place team.

    The 22-year-old Cuban defector homered twice and drove in five runs, helping Los Angeles rally for a 9-7 victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

    Puig made two curtain calls from the top of the dugout steps, raising both arms to acknowledge the first one after his second homer, a two-run shot with two outs in the sixth, in which the Dodgers scored three runs to snap a 6-all tie.

    "I want to thank the fans for coming out and supporting us," he said through a translator. "I want to do well."

    Batting leadoff for the second straight game, Puig hit a three-run homer -- his first in the majors -- on the first pitch from Padres starter Clayton Richard in the fifth, tying the game 5-all.

    "It looks like he's going to be a good hitter so you have to give him credit on that one," Richard said.

    Puig got both home run balls back as keepsakes with his parents and 17-year-old sister in attendance for the second straight night.

    "I'm glad I hit two home runs," he said. "I'm more happy because the team won."

    Puig became the first Dodgers player with more than one homer in his first two career games and the first to have five RBIs in that span since Spider Jorgensen drove in six runs on April 17, 1947, against the Boston Braves, according to information provided to the Dodgers by Elias Sports Bureau.

    "The kid, when you trot out the offensive tools, there is some raw power in there, there's speed, there is strength to his swing," Padres manager Bud Black said.

    Puig had another first, albeit a not so welcome one. He committed his first throwing error, which led to the Padres' taking a 4-2 lead in the fourth. He went 2-for-4 in his debut Monday night and wowed with a game-ending throw from deep right field that doubled off Chris Denorfia at first base.

    "Last night was storybook," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Tonight you were seeing the power, so it's a big impact. We've had a serious lack of power and run production, so it's two things we need."

    Puig was 3-for-4 with a double to go with his homers. He runs hard to his position in right field, and he charges around the basepaths.

    "There's an aggressiveness to the way he goes about playing baseball," Dodgers starter Ted Lilly said. "He's up there with an intent to do damage."

    J.P. Howell (2-0) got the win in relief, allowing one run and two hits in 1 2/3 innings, striking out one, and walking none.

    Brandon League pitched the ninth to earn his 13th save in 16 chances.

    Tyson Ross (0-2) gave up three runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings, struck out four, and walked one.

    Tim Federowicz went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Dodgers, who are 9-3 in their past 12 home games.

    Black was ejected by plate umpire Tim Timmons in the eighth for arguing a call at first base on an inning-ending double play grounder by Denorfia.

    San Diego led 3-0 on Kyle Blanks' two-run homer in the second. The Padres extended their lead to 5-2 in the fourth when Blanks scored as Puig's throw to third base sailed over Juan Uribe's head, and Richard notched his first run-scoring single of the season.

    The Dodgers took a 6-5 lead in the fifth on Puig's homer and Hanley Ramirez's sacrifice fly. But San Diego tied it in the sixth on Denorfia's RBI single.

    Luis Cruz, who entered the game as part of a double switch, had a two-out RBI double in the sixth that gave the Dodgers a 7-6 lead before Puig's second homer.

    Lilly allowed five runs and six hits in four-plus innings. The left-hander struck out three and walked two.

    Richard gave up six runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings, struck out two, and walked two.

    Game notes


    Dodgers RHP Josh Beckett saw a specialist in Dallas on Tuesday who agreed with the team's diagnosis that he has nerve irritation affecting his right arm and hand. Beckett will return to the club Wednesday to continue his rehab. He's not expected to throw for four weeks. ... Dodgers reliever Matt Guerrier left the game in the sixth after getting hit on his right thumb by a line drive off the bat of Yasmani Grandal. X-rays were negative. ... Dodgers LHP Chris Capuano went on 15-day DL Tuesday with a left shoulder strain, while Ramirez was activated from the DL and started in the game. RHP Stephen Fife will start in Capuano's place Saturday against Atlanta. ... Padres INF Yonder Alonso, who got hit by a pitch on his right hand last weekend, could return to the lineup Wednesday.

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    Game Information

    StadiumDodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
    Attendance37,544 (67% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:50
    Weather68 degrees, clear
    Wind5 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Laz Diaz, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mark Wegner

    Research Notes

    Yaisel Puig is the 3rd Dodger to have at least 2 hits in each of his first 2 career games since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1958. The others were Dick Gray in 1958 and Larry Miller in 1964.
    Yasiel Puig: 3-run HR in 2nd MLB game for Dodgers. He's only 2nd Dodgers player to have a 3-RBI game within the first 2 games of his career, since the Dodgers moved to LA prior to the 1958 season. The other was Dick Gray who did so in the Dodgers 1st season in LA, in 1958.

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