Justin Turner returns to Dodgers lineup in Petco Park opener

Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Turner has multi-hit games in each of his last five starts.

SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers go for a fourth straight win on Friday night against the Padres in San Diego, and will do so with one of their hottest hitters back in the lineup. Justin Turner is at third base batting seventh, making his first start since June 12 in Cincinnati.

Turner was sidelined with calf tightness and didn't start for the last six games and seven of the last eight. He did pinch hit four times during that span and picked up two hits, including an RBI double. Turner has multi-hit games in each of his last five starts, hitting .422 (19-for-45) over his last 16 games.

Since third baseman Juan Uribe was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring strain on May 21, Turner has more than filled in, hitting 364/.417/.561 with 14 RBI and 14 runs scored in 22 games, including 16 starts at third base.

Andre Ethier is 10-for-30 (.333) with two home runs, two doubles and two walks against Padres starter Ian Kennedy. Yasiel Puig is 2-for-7 (.286) with a home run, two walks, and a rather notable hit by pitch against him, Adrian Gonzalez is 5-for-25 (.200) with a home run, two doubles and three walks, and Hanley Ramirez is 2-for-16 (.125) with a walk.

A.J. Ellis, who has walked in a career-high seven straight games, is 3-for-13 (.231) with two walks against Kennedy. Ellis is 5-for-13 (.385) with six walks since his activation from the disabled list.

Chase Headley was in the original lineup for San Diego but was a late scratch. Headley has a sore back, per Corey Brock of MLB.com.

Alexi Amarista was originally at second base but moved to third, with Jace Peterson starting at second.

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