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Lilly, Dodgers Defeat Padres 2-1

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Perhaps it’s the first wave of a solar storm that hit the Earth today that righted the nature of the NL West. Whatever it was the Dodgers will take it any way they can as they beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 and broke their six-game losing streak.

“You have to start somewhere,” manager Joe Torre said. “You have to win one game. We’d like to win five, ten in a row, but you have to win one. We beat one of the better pitchers, and we have to come out here tomorrow and hopefully build on this.”

The first anomaly was the good base running by the Dodgers in the second inning. With Matt Kemp on second base and Casey Blake on first, Russell Martin hit a fly ball to center field that forced the runners to run back to the bases. Once center fielder Chris Denorfia missed the diving attempt, Kemp and Blake were well on their way with Kemp even directing Blake to score for the Dodgers 2-1 lead.

Martin then caused havoc darting all over the place forcing Padres starter Mat Latos (L, 11-5) to make a wild pitch that sent Martin to third. Jamey Carroll hit a fly ball to shallow center field into the mitt of Denorfia that sent Martin on his way home. Martin as he was gunned down by Denorfia couldn’t decide whether to slide or to run over catcher Nick Hundley.

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“I kind of took a funny step when I touched the plate,” Martin said. “I hyper-extended my right leg and I triggered all the force into my hip. I don’t know how to explain it. It was a sharp pain in there.”

Despite that Martin stayed in the game but was taken out of the game as part of a double-switch when Hong-Chih Kuo came into the game in the eighth inning.

“Once we turned to Kuo, Russell realized he wasn’t going to be able to block some balls,” Torre said. “So we made the switch there.”

Martin will have an MRI tomorrow to examine the extent of the damage.