Kershaw, Puig stumble in Dodgers' loss to Padres
JUN 05, 2013 10:48p ET
The Dodgers could have passed the San Diego Padres in the standings with a victory, but they lost 6-2 on Wednesday night after winning the first two games of the series.
Puig provided a huge spark in his first two major league games, going 5 for 8 at the plate. The 22-year-old Cuban defector created a buzz with two homers and five RBIs in a 9-7 win on Tuesday night.
But the young outfielder and Kershaw hit a bump at the same time.
Kershaw (5-4) struck out nine and was charged with three runs and seven hits. The left-hander gave up at least one hit in each of his six innings.
"When we don't win games it's not any fun," he said. "Every at-bat was not easy. There were a couple at-bats where I gave up two-out runs and stuff like that which you never want to do."
Kershaw snapped a streak of seven consecutive starts of at least seven innings since April 28. He is 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA against the Padres this season.
"He's giving us a chance to win but we're not putting any runs up for the most part," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Puig was hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts.
"He's going to be fine but there are going to be nights when he makes outs," Mattingly said.
Puig went to field a single by Yasmani Grandal with his left-handed glove with two outs in the second and the ball went behind him, allowing Jesus Guzman to score the Padres' first run.
The Dodgers fell to 16-16 at home.
San Diego right-hander Jason Marquis (7-2) was working a no-hitter before Skip Schumaker doubled to deep center field with two outs in the sixth inning. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a RBI single that trimmed the Padres' lead to 3-1.
Marquis left after Scott Van Slyke homered with one out in the seventh. The right-hander allowed three hits, struck out six and walked two while improving to 6-0 with a 3.28 ERA in his last eight starts.
"I saw the legit sinker just pounding it on right-handers and keeping it away from lefties," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It was a lot of sinkers and good sliders down underneath."
San Diego extended its lead to 6-2 with three runs in the ninth. Jedd Gyorko and Grandal each had a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, and pinch hitter Will Venable singled home a run.
Gyorko also had a leadoff homer in the fourth and walked and scored on Guzman's double in the sixth.
NOTES: Dodgers LHP Scott Elbert will undergo Tommy John surgery next week and is expected to be out 12 to 16 months. ... Dodgers RHP Josh Beckett is confident he will pitch again this season, although he won't throw for another four weeks. Currently on the disabled list with a left groin strain, Beckett has been diagnosed with irritation of an upper arm nerve that causes numbness in his right hand and fingers. ... Marquis hasn't lost since April 22, a 7-1 defeat to Milwaukee.