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Dodgers beat Padres in home run derby

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The ball was flying out of Petco Park on Friday night, with the Dodgers doing most of the damage in an 8-4 win over the Padres in the second game of a four-game weekend series in San Diego.

The Dodgers' lead in the National League West is up to 7½ games over San Francisco, with the magic number to clinch the division at 21.

In all, eight home runs were hit in the game, tying the Petco Park record. Five of those were hit by Dodgers, setting a new season high for the club, leaders in the National League with 162 long balls on the year.

The five home runs by the Dodgers were their most since Sept. 9, 2013, when they hit six against Arizona. It was tne second-most the Dodgers have ever hit against the Padres — and their most in San Diego — behind only the seven home runs hit in the 4+1 Game on Sept. 18, 2006.

Two of the Dodgers' home runs were hit off James Shields, solo shots by Carl Crawford in the first inning and Scott Schebler in the second, the latter his first major league home run. But more importantly against Shields, the Dodgers drew six walks and were able to get him out of the game after 107 pitches in five innings.

Against the middle relief, the Dodgers feasted, especially with a five-run sixth inning for a second straight night, thanks to home runs in the inning by Justin Ruggiano, Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Utley.

Mike Bolsinger was bitten by the home run bug himself, hanging curveballs to Matt Kemp for a two-run shot in the first inning and to Jedd Gyorko for a solo shot into an eager fan's arms in left in the third.

But those were the only two hits allowed by Bolsinger in his five innings, and he got the win with six strikeouts and two walks.

Power and speed

Not only did Schebler hit a home run, but he also stole his first major league base. In fact, he stole two bases in just his third major league game. Schebler is the third Dodger this season with a home run and a steal in the same game, joining Jimmy Rollins and Yasiel Puig.

Schebler also joins Jose Offerman as the only Dodgers since 1914 with a home run and a stolen base in the same game within their first three career games. Offerman did so in his major league debut on Aug. 19, 1990.

As a team, the Dodgers had five home runs and three steals on Friday, the first time they had at least that many of each in the same game since Sept. 2, 2002.

Extra for Seager

Corey Seager, batting fifth in just his second major league game, drove in the game-tying run in the fifth inning with an RBI ground out, one that sparked a renewal of the neighborhood play debate from Thursday night. Seager also doubled in the sixth inning, becoming just the sixth Dodger since 1914 with at least one extra-base hit in each of his first two career games.

Others to turn the trick are Howie Schultz, Bill Russell, Bill Sudaikis, Andre Ethier and Jerry Sands.

Seager also singled in the eighth, giving him two hits in each of his first two games, the first Dodger to do so since Yasiel Puig in 2013.

Gonzalez power

The home run for Gonzalez was his team-leading 26th of the season, giving him a team-leading 81st RBI of the season. It continued his strong season against his old team, and his seventh home run against San Diego in 2015 is one shy of the Dodgers record against the Padres in one year, trailing only Jimmy Wynn (1974) and Darryl Strawberry (1991).

Grandal in a skid

Yasmani Grandal did walk on Friday but was otherwise 0-for-4, extending his slump. Grandal has no hits in his last 30 at-bats, with six walks during that span, and has one hit in his last 42 at-bats, with 10 walks during that span.

Up next

The Dodgers send Alex Wood to the mound on Saturday evening, with an earlier start of 5:40 p.m. PT. The Padres counter with Tyson Ross, who has a 2.67 ERA in his last 14 starts.

Friday particulars

Home runs: Carl Crawford (3), Scott Schebler (1), Justin Ruggiano (3), Adrian Gonzalez (26), Chase Utley (7); Matt Kemp (18), Jedd Gyroko (12); Brett Wallace (4)

WP - Mike Bolsinger (6-3): 5 IP, 2 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts

LP - Marcos Mateo (1-1): ⅓ IP, 1 run, 1 walk, 1 strikeout