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Dodger's Power Buffers Bullpen Woes

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The Dodgers bats feasted early on the weakest link of the Giants starting rotation Todd Wellemeyer to cushion the daily bullpen meltdown in their 10-8 victory.

Andre Ethier hit two homers, the first one being the second half of a back-to-backer after Matt Kemp’s two-run shot that put the Dodgers up 3-0. Ethier’s second was his first career grand slam giving the Dodgers the 7-0 lead.

“We’re just doing our jobs man,” Kemp said of his and Ethier’s scorching production. “I’m not trying to go up there and hit home runs. I’m just trying to get good at-bats and get on base for [Ethier] and Manny - the big guys.”

“They have an idea what they are looking for and are prepared when they go up there,” Torre said of the approaches of Kemp and Ethier. “They’re prepared for pitchers from other teams, and they have an idea of what they are going to do.”

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Dodgers’ starter Vicente Padilla came out to atone for his last two starts going seven innings giving up three runs on 103 pitches.

“I thought Padilla was terrific starting off,” Torre said. “He had a lull in the middle.”