So far, so good.
The Dodgers (25-32) had lost four of five and decided to give Puig a crack at the big leagues after a solid stretch in the minors.
The 22-year-old Cuban defector has answered the call - and then some. Batting leadoff, Puig went 2 for 4 and made a stellar throw from the warning track to double a runner off first base to end Monday's 2-1 victory in his debut.
He followed that effort by hitting two homers - a three-run shot in the fifth and a two-run homer the next inning - while also adding a double in Tuesday's 9-7 victory."I'm more happy because the team won," Puig said.
Manager Don Mattingly is excited the rookie is providing some pop in the lineup."(Monday) was storybook. (Tuesday) you were seeing the power, so it's a big impact," Mattingly said. "We've had a serious lack of power and run production, so it's two things we need."
San Diego manager Bud Black has been equally impressed."The kid, when you trot out the offensive tools, there is some raw power in there, there's speed (and) there is strength to his swing," Black said.
Los Angeles, which hasn't won three straight since sweeping Pittsburgh from April 5-7, will look to Kershaw (5-3, 1.85 ERA) to help keep the team rolling.
Kershaw's ERA is third-best in baseball, though he hasn't been at his best over his last two outings. He allowed four runs in seven innings of a 5-3 loss to St. Louis on May 26 before giving up three runs and a season-worst eight hits in seven frames of the Dodgers' 7-5 win Friday.
The left-hander struggled the last time he faced San Diego, too, giving up five runs - three earned - while walking four in 5 1-3 innings of a 7-2 loss April 17. He had gone 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA over his previous seven starts versus the Padres, who will look to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat.
Quentin, who is 7 for 13 with three extra-base hits over his last three games, was one of five Padres with at least two hits.
San Diego looks to get back on track with help from Jason Marquis , who hasn't lost in seven outings.
Marquis (6-2, 3.82) had won five straight starts while posting a 2.27 ERA, though he's struggled while not getting a decision in his last two. He allowed four runs in 3 1-3 innings of a 6-5 loss to Arizona on May 26 before giving up three runs in 5 1-3 frames of San Diego's 4-3, 17-inning win over Toronto on Friday.
The right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.41 ERA in his last three starts versus the Dodgers, including allowing one run in 7 2-3 innings of a 9-2 road win April 16.
Marquis has had plenty of success against Andre Ethier (3 for 29) in his career.
|Jerry Hairston Jr.||3||.667||2||0||1||0||0||.667||1.667||1.000|
|San Diego Padres|
|May 31, 2013||Yonder Alonso||Day-to-Day||Bruised hand|
|May 30, 2013||Huston Street||15-Day DL||Strained left calf|
|May 05, 2013||Clayton Richard||15-Day DL||Intestinal virus|
|May 05, 2013||Clayton Richard||15-Day DL||Intestinal virus|
|May 03, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore right knee|
|April 21, 2013||Kyle Blanks||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left shoulder injury|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|June 02, 2013||Carl Crawford||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|June 02, 2013||Hyun-Jin Ryu||Day-to-Day||Sore foot|
|May 30, 2013||Chris Capuano||15-Day DL||Left shoulder latissimus strain|
|May 30, 2013||Matt Kemp||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|May 30, 2013||A.J. Ellis||15-Day DL||Left oblique strain|
|May 29, 2013||Matt Kemp||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jason Marquis relied on his bread-and-butter pitch to extend his run of effective outings for the San Diego Padres .
Backed by a solid sinker, Marquis carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and the Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 on Wednesday night after dropping the first two games of the series.
"I was working real hard to find consistent delivery and was able to do that and carry it over to the game," he said. "When I have a good one like that I tend to go to it over and over."
Marquis (7-2) allowed two runs and three hits in 6 1-3 innings while improving to 6-0 with a 3.28 ERA in his last eight starts. The veteran right-hander also is 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA in his last four outings against the Dodgers dating to last season.
"He gives us trouble all the time," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Ever since I've been out here in California, it seems like he pitches good every time."
Marquis had his no-hitter broken up when Skip Schumaker doubled to deep center field with two outs in the sixth, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a RBI single that trimmed San Diego's lead to 3-1.
Earlier in the inning, Padres right fielder Kyle Blanks temporarily preserved Marquis' no-hit bid with a diving catch and slide on his belly that robbed pinch hitter Jerry Hairston Jr.
"Outstanding," Marquis said.
Marquis left after Scott Van Slyke homered with one out in the seventh. He struck out six and walked two.
"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."
Dodgers ace Clayton 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.
"I saw a lot of tough at-bats against a very good pitcher," Black said.
The last-place Dodgers could have passed the Padres in the NL West standings with a victory, but they never led while falling to .500 at home with a 16-16 record.
San Diego extended its lead to 6-2 with three runs in the ninth. Jedd Gyorko and Yasmani 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 Jesus Guzman 's double in the sixth. Guzman tied his career high with three hits.
"They're a scrappy team. They've got a lot of grit over there," Kershaw said. "They're fouling pitches off and putting good at-bats every single time out there. You've got to tip your cap to them. They're not going to be easy outs."
The Padres grabbed the lead on Grandal's RBI single with two outs in the second. Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig went to field the ball with his left-handed glove and it went behind him, allowing Guzman to score.
Puig was hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts after going 5 for 8 in his first two major league games on Monday and Tuesday, when he had two homers and five RBIs.
"Marquis is a tough matchup," Mattingly said. "He's a guy who keeps the ball down, he can run the ball at him and break the ball to the other side."
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.