Behind home runs from Gonzalez and Scott Van Slyke, Los Angeles (24-32) opened a 10-game homestand with a 2-1 victory over the Padres (26-31) on Monday. The Dodgers have gone 7-10 in their last 17, but they've won eight of 11 in Los Angeles.
Highly regarded Yasiel Puig had two hits and made a strong throw from right field to first base to complete a game-ending double play in his major league debut. The 22-year-old Cuban defector is helping fill in for outfielders Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford, who are dealing with hamstring injuries.
"He's an energetic guy, eager to get on the field, loves the game and always has a smile on his face,'' Gonzalez said. "We all know he's got a great arm.''
Gonzalez went 1 for 3 with a home run Monday and is batting .429 with four homers and 12 RBIs in his last 10 games.
After Puig provided a spark Monday, Los Angeles could get Ramirez back for this game after he missed the past 28 with a hamstring injury. The third baseman has played in only four games, going 5 for 11 with a homer.
It might be perfect timing considering he's 9 for 10 against San Diego's Clayton Richard (1-5, 7.86 ERA).
Gonzalez has also dominated the left-hander, going 8 for 10.
Richard had posted an 11.12 ERA over his previous four starts before finally earning a victory with two scoreless innings of relief in a 4-3, 17-inning win over Toronto on Friday.
"That's the crazy thing about baseball. You never really know what you're going to get," Richard said.
Richard had one of his best starts of the season against the Dodgers on April 9, allowing two runs over five innings of a 9-3 home win.
He'll try to help the Padres, losers of two in a row after winning four of five, get back on track as they face Ted Lilly (0-2, 4.26).
The left-hander has allowed four earned runs over 11 innings in two outings since replacing Josh Beckett (groin) in the rotation.
Lilly has gone 5-1 with a 1.25 ERA in his last six starts against the Padres, and he's yielded one unearned run in 13 1-3 innings over the past two matchups.
Everth Cabrera went 2 for 3 in the series opener and is 8 for 18 with four stolen bases over his last four games.
Carlos Quentin may be able to return after injuring his right shoulder running into the wall Sunday.