The Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 6-3 tonight in San Diego. For a full recap and boxscore click here
THE BARE ESSENTIALS
Manny Ramirez was 0 for 3 with a walk in his first game back since returning from a 50-game suspension. He was lifted for defensive replacement Juan Pierre in the sixth inning.
Matt Kemp had a double and two RBIs.
Russell Martin had two hits and two RBIs.
Rafael Furcal, building on his game winning RBI Wednesday, had four hits and scored a run.
Hiroki Kuroda worked 5.1 innings, giving up four hits and three runs, including a solo home run to Scott Hairston.
The Dodgers removed any suspense by scoring five runs in the opening inning – all with two outs. The big blow came on a two-run double by Matt Kemp.
Manny wasn’t a factor at the plate, but his presence seemed to invigorate the Dodgers offense, which had struggled over the last week.
The bullpen was stellar once again, delivering 3.1 scoreless innings.
GAME BALL GOES TO
Rafael Furcal, who had four hits from the lead off spot to raise his average to .250.
In Game 2 of the series the Dodgers send LHP Randy Wolf (3-3, 3.61) vs. RHP Josh Geer (1-3, 5.68) at 1:10 p.m.