LOS ANGELES (AP) - Leave it to Vin Scully to perfectly capture the ho-hum scene on the field.
``Is there anything more exciting than a base on balls?' the Hall of Fame broadcaster asked during the Los Angeles Dodgers' game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
Scully could have repeated that line 16 times - once each for the number of walks in the game.
Padres starter Tim Stauffer had six in the second inning alone - three with the bases-loaded - in the Dodgers' 8-5 victory.
Andre Ethier's grand slam capped the eight-run inning to send the last-place Padres to their sixth loss in a row and sixth straight defeat at Chavez Ravine.
Stauffer (8-11) imploded in his shortest outing of the season. The right-hander gave up one hit and seven runs in just 1 2-3 innings, walked a career-high seven and struck out two.
He did some walking of his own afterward, leaving the clubhouse before reporters were let in.
``I just think he had a rough game,' Padres manger Bud Black said. ``He's been one of the best pitchers in the National League. Tonight was extremely uncharacteristic. I'm sure he's extremely upset with his performance, but he's got a good head on his shoulders and he'll turn the page on this.'
It was the most walks in an inning since Baltimore's Daniel Cabrera had six in the first inning against Boston on April 7, 2006, according to Stats LLC. The Red Sox won 14-8.
Stauffer's walks set a club record for the most in an inning, eclipsing the five by Juan Eichelberger in the second inning against St. Louis on Aug. 29, 1981.
The Dodgers' 12 walks were their most since having 14 against Atlanta on April 21, 1999.
``You've got to trust your stuff. There are times when it gets away from you, but you have to gain composure and realize that things are going against your momentum,' Black said. ``You've got to halt it by making a pitch or two in the strike zone. He was trying to throw strikes. It just didn't happen.'
Ethier singled to lead off the outburst before Stauffer walked Aaron Miles. He struck out A.J. Ellis, then walked Jamey Carroll to load the bases for the first time. Kuroda walked to force in the Dodgers' first run.
Justin Sellers' sacrifice fly made it 2-0. Stauffer allowed consecutive walks to James Loney and Matt Kemp, forcing in the third run. Juan Rivera walked to force in another run before Stauffer was pulled.
Anthony Bass relieved Stauffer and gave up a grand slam to Ethier on his first pitch, extending the lead to 8-0 - a season-high runs in one inning for the Dodgers.
``After the first pitch (by Bass), our bullpen did a nice job and we turned a couple of nice double plays. I like the way we battled back,' Black said. ``If we got another guy on a couple of different times, we would have had the tying run at the plate. But they held on.'
Hiroki Kuroda (11-14) allowed seven hits and four runs in six innings, struck out three and walked two to win his career-high fourth in a row. He tied his career high for wins set last season. The right-hander is 3-0 against the Padres this season.
Javy Guerra pitched the ninth to earn his 12th save in 13 chances.
Kuroda stumbled in the sixth, when the Padres scored four runs, including consecutive homers by Kyle Blanks, who had a three-run shot, and former Dodger Orlando Hudson. The Padres cut the margin to 8-5 in the seventh on Jesus Guzman's RBI double off Matt Guerrier.
``A game that looks like that after two innings, it's easy to give up,' Blanks said. ``But it takes a lot to fight your way back into it. We gave ourselves a good chance to come back and win, so we definitely showed some fight.'
Notes: It was the second time the Padres have hit back-to-back homers this season. The previous time was Aug. 20 against Florida when Hudson, then Blanks did so. ... Padres TV announcer Dick Enberg was one of the candidates announced Tuesday for the Ford C. Frick Award given by the Hall of Fame for contributions in broadcasting. ... The Padres recalled OF Blake Tekotte from Double-A San Antonio and optioned RHP Erik Hamren to Triple-A Tucson.
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