Erickson gets first NL win as Dodgers defeat Padres
LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The
Los Angeles Dodgers
continue to find new heroes as they enjoy their best start in more than 20 years.
, on the verge of being out of the game less than a year ago, allowed two runs in six innings and
had three hits and two RBI as the Dodgers posted an 8-3 triumph over the
San Diego Padres
The 37-year-old righthander, who had missed two of the previous four seasons with arm injuries, missed most of last year with hamstring injuries. He was invited to the Dodgers' camp as a non-roster player and earned a spot with a solid spring.
"My performance in spring was no fluke," Erickson said. "They know I'm healthy and can throw the ball. I just want to prove what I can do."
In his first start for Los Angeles on April 9, Erickson (1-0) was hammered for six earned runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. A week later, he looked much more like the pitcher who registered 141 American League victories.
"The last performance obviously wasn't what I wanted in my first outing with the Dodgers," Erickson said. "In between starts we made some adjustments. I wanted to get my arm in the same slot every pitch."
Erickson scattered three singles, a double and three walks. He did not strike out a batter but helped himself at the plate with a base hit in a two-run second inning.
"We got a solid start from Erickson," Dodgers manager
said. "He was good tonight but capable of better than what we just saw."
Phillips, who went 3-for-4 to raise his average to .333, has seven hits in his last 14 at-bats and continues to backstop one of the more surprising staffs in the National League.
The Dodgers also got the production they are growing accustomed to out of newly acquired
. Kent had a double, walked twice and scored a run. It was the ninth consecutive game he scored at least one run. The last Dodger to score in more consecutive games was
, who scored in 11 straight in September 2002.
"Everyone is contributing," Phillips said. "It's just a relaxed atmosphere. We're having fun going to the yard right now."
Los Angeles pushed across eight runs to keep pace with the
for the major league lead in runs scored with 67. The Dodgers average of 6.7 runs per game remains the best in baseball.
"We know they're a good ballclub over there," Padres manager
said. "They are capable of doing that."
The Dodgers' 8-2 start is the best in baseball and their best since beginning 9-1 in 1981.
San Diego starter
(1-1), who was 8-2 lifetime against Los Angeles and coming off six scoreless innings against the
on Monday, was hammered for five runs and eight hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out three but never seemed to find his rhythm.
"He was just out of sync early," Bochy said. "He couldn't put the ball where he wanted and was out of rhythm all night."
The Padres suffered a big blow when shortstop
suffered a fracture to his right ring finger taking a throw during a stolen base attempt by
in the opening inning.
"I knew it caught his finger," Bochy said. "He had some X-rays. We were hoping for the best but they found a fracture."
Greene is expected to miss three to four weeks.
"We feel like we're covered with (Jesse) Garcia and (Geoff) Blum," Bochy said. "We'll just have to maintain until he comes back."