ICYMI: Extra-inning rally too much for Friars
Typically, when James Shields pitches seven innings of one-run baseball and leaves the game with a lead, the chances are good he'll be rewarded with a "W" after handing the game over to the reliable Padres' bullpen. This was not the case on Sunday, however, as the Dodgers were able to rally late in the game in the 12th inning, walking out of Petco Park with a 4-2 victory and avoiding a series loss in San Diego for the first time since August 2014. On the bright side, Shields' record remained perfect at 7-0, and he lowered his ERA down to 3.59.
The Padres were poised to win after taking a 2-1 lead over the Dodgers into the eighth inning on Sunday, but a two-out rally by Los Angeles against reliever Joaquin Benoit would tie the game at 2 and eventually push the game into extra frames. The Friars outhit their NL West opponents after eight of the nine starting players in the Padres' lineup recorded a hit -- including Shields, who went 1-for-2 with a single and run. Will Venable, Matt Kemp and Alexi Amarista all enjoyed multihit games, while outfielder Justin Upton collected his 40th and 41st RBIs of the season. Upton became the first player on the Padres' roster to collect at least 40 RBIs on the year.
The series loss to the Dodgers is the first the Padres have endured since before they took two out of three against the Angels on May 27.
In case you missed it, here are some highlights and stories you may not have seen from Sunday:
Padres postgame recap: Upton denied game-winner, then Padres fall in 12th
Shields stifles Dodgers for seven frames of one-run ballVideo: [email protected]: Shields holds Dodgers to one run over seven
Upton continues to mount run production with a two-run singleVideo: [email protected]: Upton singles in a pair to break deadlock
Kemp nabs Callaspo with an assist in the third inningVideo: [email protected]: Kemp fires a strike to nab Callaspo at home
Friars lose ground after dropping series to archrival: Hard-luck losses to rival frustrate Padres
Reliever thrives amid relief corps renaissance: Maurer leads charge in revitalized bullpen
Buddy's Bullets: Black discusses Alonso at third base, Maurer, Luebke and Johnson
Friar Forecast: Hahn, Ross face former clubs in series opener
Monday's probable pitchers: Tyson Ross (3-6, 3.81 ERA) vs. Jesse Hahn (3-5, 3.84 ERA)