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Dodgers defeat Padres 11-1

The Associated Press reported Saturday the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 11-1 with the help of homeruns by Rafael Furcal and Andre Eithier at Dodger Stadium.

Furcal and Matt Kemp both hit their first homeruns of the season, while Eithier went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer to help the Dodgers snap a four-game losing streak.

Derek Lowe (1-0) took the mound for the Dodgers and allowed one run and four hits in over eight innings of work. In addition, Lowe struck out six batters and did not give up a walk. Lowe improved his record against the Padres to 4-0 at Dodger Stadium, but is 0-3 in seven starts at Petco Park.

“The last couple of years has been kind of tough on him with the run support from our offense, but tonight we gave him a little breathing room and he just took care of business, Dodger catch Russell Martin said. “He was locating really well, got a lot of ground balls and mixed a couple of Ks with his slider.? (AP)

Chris Young (1-1) pitched for the Padres, but did not fair as well as Lowe. In three-plus innings of work, Young gave up seven runs, seven hits and four walks. Young only retired nine of the 21 batters he faced and only one of his runs was unearned. However, it was a result from his own fielding error.

Furcal started off the scoring for the Dodgers with a leadoff homerun for the Dodgers. Later on in the inning, Martin added another run with an RBI single.

The Dodgers increased their lead to 5-1 in the third inning when rookie Blake DeWitt drove in two runs with the first of his two doubles.

The Los Angeles Times reported the Dodgers had season highs in runs (11), homers (three) and hits (13) to help their ailing offense.

By the end of the game, every Los Angeles starter reached base at least once and eight of nine of them contributed to either a run or an RBI.

“You know we were too good to continue not scoring runs,? Dodger manager Joe Torre said. “When Furcal all of a sudden tied the game up, it certainly puts us in a better frame of mind.? (Los Angeles Times)

The Dodgers and Padres will finish their series tomorrow at Dodger Stadium.