by Marty Caswell
The San Diego Padres snapped a season-high four-game skid, thanks to seven quality innings from pitcher Brandon Morrow, who allowed one run of five hits en route to his first win of the year. Morrow made just one mistake, a slider to Dodgers slugger Alex Guerrero in the fifth inning that he hammered to left field for his fifth home run of the season.
Alexi Amarista homered off Scott Baker in the third inning to give the Padres their first lead of the series and catcher Derek Norris added a RBI double in the fourth inning as well as an insurance run in the 7th inning with his first homer of the year as the Padres beat the Dodgers 3-1.
Derek Norris recorded his eight caught-stealing of the season in the first inning, gunning down Jimmy Rollins. Norris’ career-high is eight, which he accomplished for the Oakland A’s last season in 114 games.
Craig Kimbrel notched his sixth save of the season, which ties him for third in the National League.
Monday’s matchup features James Shields (2-0, 3.24) vs. Houston Astros Collin McHugh (3-0, 2.41)
The first-place Houston Astros are 5-1 on this road trip, led by former Padres interim GM AJ Hinch.
Dodgers infielder Alex Guerrero has five home runs this season in just 22 at-bats.
Extra credit for Morrow- thus far, he’s the only Padres pitcher to keep Adrian Gonzalez off the base paths.