Game of the Day: Padres 6, Dodgers 3: Pitcher Stults homers as Padres put brawl in past

2013-04-16T00:00:00Z Game of the Day: Padres 6, Dodgers 3: Pitcher Stults homers as Padres put brawl in pastThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 16, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LOS ANGELES - Padres pitcher Eric Stults hit a three-run homer and stuck around long enough to benefit from a two-run seventh inning as San Diego beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 Monday night in the first game between the NL West rivals since their wild brawl last week.

There was no visible rancor between the teams on Jackie Robinson Day after Major League Baseball executive vice president Joe Torre called both managers to remind them of the context of the game, the 66th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier with the Dodgers.

Pinch-hitter Jesus Guzman singled while batting for Stults during the decisive rally and scored on a double-play grounder by Yonder Alonso. That came after Paco Rodriguez relieved Ronald Belisario (0-2) with the bases loaded and walked pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia to force in the tiebreaking run after getting ahead 0-2 in the count.

"We'll make sure we keep our composure," Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said before the game. "We're here to win a game. We don't need to lose players."

Padres manager Bud Black said: "For us, it's over."

San Diego slugger Carlos Quentin dropped his appeal Sunday and began serving an eight-game suspension for charging Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke after getting hit by a pitch. Greinke broke his left collarbone in the fight that followed and is expected to miss eight weeks. Quentin will sit out the three-game series - and five more games.

Dodgers infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. was suspended one game for his role in the brawl.

Stults (2-1) allowed three runs and nine hits in six innings. The former Dodgers lefty hit his first major league homer with two outs in the second off Chad Billingsley as the Padres picked up only their third win in 13 games.

Robinson's widow, Rachel, along with the couple's daughter, Sharon, and son, David, attended the game, which drew a sellout crowd of 52,136. Harrison Ford bounced a ceremonial first pitch to Mattingly. Ford plays Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey, who signed Robinson, in "42," the new film about the baseball pioneer.

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