SAN DIEGO (AP) - Clayton Kershaw dominates most every major league team. Except the San Diego Padres.
The Los Angeles Dodgers ace struggled against the Padres yet again in a 5-2 loss on Friday night at Petco Park.
Kershaw (5-5) allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings. He allowed four earned runs in a game this season just once prior to Friday.
The 2011 NL Cy Young Award winner is now 0-3 with a 4.67 ERA in three starts against the Padres. He's 5-2 with a 1.59 ERA against everyone else.
``They are battlers, and you have to give them some credit,' Kershaw said. ``They have a good game plan and continue to make good adjustments to what I'm doing. They beat me tonight, fair and square. There's not much more you can say about it.'
Kershaw couldn't help the Dodgers out of a slump in which they have lost nine of 12.
``They are a team that battles him pretty good,' Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. ``It certainly helps that they've seen him a lot. They're a club that makes him pitch and extends at_bats. They've been tough on him, and tonight they scratched out enough runs to win.'
The Dodgers, on the other hand, couldn't capitalize on Clayton Richard's quick departure. The Padres starter was removed after just two pitches due to shoulder inflammation.
``We have to play better,' Mattingly said. ``It's not fun coming to the clubhouse every day and losing. I know we're all frustrated. I know we're all struggling. You just have to come and play. It's certainly not for lack of effort. It's simply a lack of production.'
Tim Stauffer and Tyson Ross combined for seven impressive innings in relief of Richard. Stauffer (1-0) relieved Richard and earned his first win since Sept. 16, 2011, by allowing one run in four innings. Ross followed that with three shutout innings.
``Tim and Tyson were the players of the game,' Padres manager Buddy Black said. ``What they did on short notice was really impressive.'
Dale Thayer gave up Hanley Ramirez's RBI double in the eighth to make it 5-2, but Huston Street finished for his 15th save in 16 chances.
The Dodgers scored in the first on an RBI groundout from Juan Uribe.
Dodgers rookie phenom Yasiel Puig went 2 for 4 against the Padres, which raised his average to .455 and marked his 11th multihit game in 17 games.
It wasn't enough to get past the Padres.
Chris Denorfia homered off Kershaw in the first inning to tie it 1-all, then the Padres added three more in the third.
Logan Forsythe doubled and Denorfia walked before Chase Headley hit a two-run triple. Kyle Blanks drove him home in the next at-bat for a 4-1 lead.
Black said Richard would head to the disabled list with inflammation in the left arcomioclavicular joint, located at the top of the shoulder near the collarbone, and pain in his neck and upper chest.
``It was rough, something I hoped wouldn't happen,' Richard said. ``I had some discomfort this week leading up to (the start), but I thought I'd be able to get through. Unfortunately, once I got going I knew things weren't right.
``Once we get it isolated and figure out exactly what's going on, we'll be able to get it calmed down and go from there,' he said.
NOTES: Dodgers CF Matt Kemp will start a three-game minor league rehab assignment on Saturday with Triple-A Albuquerque. He'll play designated hitter in the first game and move to the outfield in the final two. Kemp has been sidelined since May 30 with a right hamstring strain. If he avoids a setback, Kemp should be back in the big leagues next week. OF Scott Van Slyke (shoulder) will also start a rehab assignment with Albuquerque on Saturday. ... OF Andre Either did not start Friday's game with minor knee swelling, but he pinch hit in the seventh. ... LHP Chris Capuano threw a light bullpen Friday, after earning a win against the New York Yankees on Wednesday. Capuano felt great after his first start since straining a triceps muscle on May 29. ... Padres LF Carlos Quentin took on-field batting practice for the first time since injuring his shoulder a week ago. He hurt himself swinging a bat on Jun 14 and hasn't played since. ... Padres 2B Jedd Gyorko (groin) ran and hit for a second straight day. He's scheduled to start a minor league rehab assignment soon. It'll likely be a three-game stint with Class-A Lake Elsinore. ... 1B Yonder Alonso (broken hand) will be examined on Monday by Dr. Lorenzo Pacelli. If that exam goes well, Alonso will resume baseball activities shortly after.
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