Game 44: Finding a new way to lose, Dodgers take the idea of a ‘walk-off’ literally.

Chin-Hui Tsao

Dodgers pitcher Chin-Hui Tsao suffered his first loss of the season Saturday in his second game since being recalled from Triple-A. (Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres beat the Dodgers in their final plate appearance for the second straight day, this time on a walk-off walk issued by Chin-Hui Tsao with the bases loaded in the 11th inning. The box score is here.

Yasiel Puig is nothing if not aware of his problem in the batter’s box.

Here’s what the Dodgers were saying after the game:
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Game 43: Melvin Upton Jr. walks off Kenley Jansen and the Dodgers. (Video)

Yasiel Puig watches his fifth home run of the season leave Petco Park on Friday in San Diego. (Getty Images)

Yasiel Puig watches his fifth home run of the season leave Petco Park on Friday in San Diego. (Getty Images)


The San Diego Padres hit the last of five home runs Friday, a walk-off shot by Melvin Upton Jr. against Kenley Jansen, in an 8-7 win over the Dodgers. The box score is here.

The Dodgers are 21-22, 3 ½ games behind the first-place San Francisco Giants. Jansen isn’t the problem, but they’ll carry eight men in their bullpen for another five games after today anyway.

Here are some postgame comments from Dave Roberts, Scott Kazmir, A.J. Ellis and Yasiel Puig:

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Game 26: Clayton Kershaw carries the Dodgers to a much-needed win.

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Clayton Kershaw struck out 14 batters and didn’t allow a run in throwing his first complete game of the season Sunday. (Associated Press photo)

The Dodgers’ losing streak ended at six games and Clayton Kershaw made all the difference. The left-hander tossed his first complete game of the season and drove in the only run in a 1-0 win over the San Diego Padres. The game story is here. The box score is here.

Yasiel Puig is optimistic he can work his way out of his current slump.

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Why Yasiel Puig is batting leadoff today against the San Diego Padres.

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig will lead off Sunday for the first time since last July. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)


The first time Yasiel Puig was penciled into a major league lineup, he hit leadoff. The last time — before Sunday — was July of last year.

In one sense, it’s a surprise he ever moved from the top of the lineup. For his career Puig has a .467 on-base percentage, with almost as many walks (6) as strikeouts (8), when leading off a game.

Today, Puig will lead off against the San Diego Padres not because he’s hot but because he’s cold. In his last 14 games Puig has a .137/.154/.235 slash line.

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Game 25: San Diego Padres hand Dodgers sixth loss in a row.

Ross Stripling couldn’t pitch past the fifth inning and the Dodgers’ offense again offered little support in losing their sixth straight game. The game story is here. The box score is here.

Yasiel Puig was given a day to clear his mind.

Yaisel Sierra made his long-awaited debut for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

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