Andre Ethier went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer, Rafael Furcal and Matt Kemp each hit their first homers of the season, and the Dodgers snapped a four-game losing streak with an 11-1 rout of the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.
Los Angeles spotted San Diego a 1-0 lead before coming back with two runs in the bottom half. Furcal drove Chris Young's second pitch of the night into the right field bullpen and Russell Martin added an RBI single.
"Any time one of your guys leads off a game with a home run, it gives you a little boost," Martin said. "Furcal's been swinging the bat extremely well, and he's really been the catalyst for our offense. When he gets going, we need to follow. And that's what we did. We followed the leader."
Derek Lowe (1-0) allowed a run and four hits over eight innings, striking out six and walking none before giving way to the bullpen. The right-hander retired 20 of his last 21 batters and also drove in a career-high three runs with a pair of singles to improve his record against the Padres at Dodger Stadium to 4-0. He is 0-3 in seven starts at Petco Park.
"The last couple of years has been kind of tough on him with the run support from our offense, but tonight we gave him a little breathing room and he just took care of business," Martin said. "He was locating really well, got a lot of ground balls and mixed in a couple of Ks with his slider."
Young (1-1) threw 80 pitches in three-plus innings, allowing seven runs, seven hits and four walks. The right-hander, who had the lowest opponents' batting average in the majors each of the previous two seasons, retired only nine of the 21 batters he faced. One of the runs against him was unearned, the result of his own fielding error.
"It was just fastball command," Young said. "I'm not throwing my fastball where I want to. It puts the hitters in hitters' counts and forces you to make pitches over the plate, instead of making them chase. It's pretty basic, but it's a pretty simple fix."
Young was pulled in the fourth after Ethier followed a leadoff walk to Juan Pierre with drive into the right field pavilion that increased the Dodgers' lead to 7-1. The Padres' pitcher had allowed only four home runs over 52 1/3 innings in his nine previous career starts against Los Angeles.
"It wasn't a pretty one by any means," Young said. "I wasn't very good, and I feel bad about it. I got the team in a hole early and Derek Lowe ran with it."
Wilfredo Ledezma didn't fare any better after relieving Young, as Lowe capped the four-run fourth with a two-run single after the Padres' left-hander loaded the bases with an intentional walk to Chin-lung Hu. Lowe singled home his third run in the sixth, and Kemp homered leading off the seventh against Glendon Rusch.
"The big lead helped," Lowe said. "The offense did a tremendous job against a tough pitcher. When you get a lead like that, you need to bear down and keep it on our side. All in all, it was a good win."
Los Angeles increased the margin to 5-1 in the third. Rookie Blake DeWitt drove in two runs with the first of his two doubles, after Jones worked out a walk to load the bases. Young intentionally walked Hu, but misplayed Lowe's tapper back to the mound as Jones scored the fifth run.
Jones, who came in batting .114 with one RBI in 35 at-bats, reached base in three of his five plate appearances. He walked twice and got aboard again on a two-base throwing error by Ledezma. Padres manager Bud Black acknowledged that Jones' first walk was a key to the game -- but defended Young for working him carefully.
"I don't know whether you can ever consider Andruw Jones not dangerous. He's been too good of a player for too long just to think that you're going to get him out," Black said. "Even though Chris did walk him, you still have to make pitches to the rookie. This kid, DeWitt, is a good-looking young player. That was a key part of the game."
James Loney, the only Dodger to hit safely in each of the team's first 11 games, was 3-for-3 with a pair of walks and scored twice. His hitting streak is the team's longest at any point of a season since Paul Lo Duca opened the 2004 campaign with an 11-game run.
Chad Billingsley, 4-0 against San Diego last season, will start Sunday's series finale. The only other time that a Dodgers pitcher beat the Padres four times in a season was 1974, when Don Sutton and Andy Messersmith accounted for half of Los Angeles' 16 victories in the season series (16-2) and the Dodgers went on to win the NL pennant. ... Furcal has 21 leadoff homers in the majors and nine with the Dodgers. ... Hu started at 2B in place of Jeff Kent, who is 2-for-18 lifetime against Young.