SAN DIEGO — Adrian Gonzalez has hit well against his former team this season. However, he deflected the praise after leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to their latest win.
Gonzalez had a two-run single with two outs in the 12th inning Sunday, lifting the Dodgers to a 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.
In 12 games against the Padres this season, the San Diego native is 18 for 46 (.391), with six home runs and 13 RBIs.
"This game is going to go to our bullpen," Gonzalez said.
It's tough arguing with Gonzalez's assessment.
The Dodgers' six relievers worked 7 1/3 shutout innings as the Padres lost their fourth series this season to Los Angeles.
Alberto Callaspo opened the 12th with a double off Dale Thayer, then Kike Hernandez and Joc Pederson walked. Gonzalez followed with his 12th and 13th RBIs against the Padres this season.
"It was a fastball that was elevated a little," Gonzalez said. "I tried to stay on top of it because he is a fly ball pitcher. I didn't want to get under it and I tried to hit it on a line and it ended up in the right spot."
Gonzalez, who played five seasons with the Padres, had a two-out, RBI double off reliever Joaquin Benoit in the eighth to make it 2-all.
Josh Ravin (2-0) worked two innings for the win. Kenley Jansen pitched the 12th for his ninth save in 10 chances.
Thayer (2-2), the Padres' sixth pitcher, took the loss.
Pederson saved the game in the ninth with a running, over-the-shoulder catch while crashing into the wall on Justin Upton's two-out drive to center field with two on.
"I never thought it was going out, I thought it was going over his head," Upton said.
Padres manager Bud Black agreed.
"That was a remarkable catch," he said. "It was a great play by the kid."
James Shields, who came in 7-0, worked seven innings, allowing one run on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts and left with a 2-0 lead.
"We talked in the dugout and we felt it was time for him to come out," Black said.
Andre Either's homer in the seventh sliced the Dodgers' deficit to 2-1.
Upton's two-run, two-out single in the fifth gave the Padres a 2-0 lead.
Mike Bolsinger was charged with two runs, six hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out seven.
Bolsinger retired nine straight before Shields slapped a base hit past Gonzalez and took third on Will Venable's single. Venable stole second and Yangervis Solarte walked to load the bases. Upton followed with a solid hit to center field on an elevated off-speed pitch, scoring Shields and Venable and chasing Bolsinger.
In the third, Callaspo opened with a double but Bolsinger was unable to advance him, popping up to Shields on a bunt. Pederson followed with a single to right, but right fielder Matt Kemp threw out Callaspo at the plate with a nice sweep tag by Derek Norris.
"It was a game where we fought and scratched early and it didn't look good," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We kind of stole one.
"It was a sloppy series for us and it feels good to steal a couple of games when you do that."
THE SKINNY ON VINNY
Iconic Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully has added San Diego to his no-travel list this season. Scully, in his 66th season with the Dodgers, calls games in Los Angeles but only works away contests in San Francisco. The smooth-talking Scully turns 88 later this year.
BLACK AND BLUE LINE
Padres manager Bud Black is going with the Tampa Bay Lightning in its Stanley Cup series against the Chicago Blackhawks. What does Black know about hockey? His father, Harry Black Sr., played center for the Los Angeles Monarchs of the Pacific Coast Hockey League (1945-48) and led the team in scoring in 1946.
Dodgers: Manager Don Mattingly said RHP Joel Peralta (shoulder) will continue his rehabilitation assignments on Monday after throwing two-thirds of an inning on Saturday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. ... OF/1B Scott Van Slyke (back) will play left field today, then first base on Monday for Rancho Cucamonga. He could return to the club next week.
Padres: RHP Josh Johnson (elbow) will throw 15-20 pitches in an one-inning simulated game on Monday at Petco Park
Dodgers: RHP Carlos Frias (4-3, 3.86 ERA) seeks his fourth straight quality start in an interleague game against the Rangers, his first career outing facing Texas.
Padres: RHP Tyson Ross (3-6, 3.81), who has lost four of his last five decisions, takes on Oakland at Petco Park. Ross has worked seven innings in just two of his 13 starts this season.