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Dodgers stay perfect at home

THE Los Angeles Dodgers overpowered the San Diego Padres 8-5 on Thursday to stretch their unbeaten home record this season.

Los Angeles improved to 7-0 at Dodger Stadium for the first time since 1945, its hot bats peppering San Diego's pitchers for 14 hits.

Orlando Hudson had a two-run home run and a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning and the Dodgers added two insurance runs in the eighth inning.

Jonathan Broxton struck out the side in the ninth to record his seventh save of the year.

"We swung the bats well and did a great job," Hudson said after finishing 2-for-4. "We're just trying to have good at-bats day in and day out. With 162 games it's a grind but we're having fun riding the wave while we're hot."

Elsewhere in the National League, it was: Marlins 8, Cubs 2; Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 1; and Cardinals 9, Nationals 4.

In the American League, it was: Rays 13, Red Sox 0; Royals 8, Blue Jays 6; Yankees 7, Angels 4; and Athletics 4, Rangers 2.

The NL West-leading Dodgers (15-8) were returning after a nine-game road trip and will play the next 10 games at home.

Adrian Gonzalez had two hits and two RBI and Chase Headley finished 2-for-4 for the Padres (11-11), who had led the game 5-4 after scoring two runs in the seventh.

Reliever Luke Gregerson failed to preserve the advantage, however, and allowed two in the bottom half of the inning as Los Angeles mounted its comeback.

"We keep coming at people," said Dodgers manager Joe Torre. "We're playing our tails off out there every inning. To have our starter come out early and to still win the game was big."

The Dodgers young starter James McDonald allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings as the Padres established an early 3-1 lead. Right-hander Jeff Weaver stabilized things with four scoreless innings of relief and Manny Ramirez bombed a solo home run in the third to put Los Angeles back on top 4-3.

Ramirez finished 2-for-3.

Starter Josh Geer pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and four runs for San Diego, which started the season strong but has lost eight of its last 10 games.

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Tampa Bay's Matt Garza took a perfect game into the seventh inning, and Evan Longoria homered and drove four runs as the Rays trounced Boston 13-0.

Jacoby Ellsbury fouled off an 0-2 pitch and took two balls before hitting a pitch past Garza leading off the seventh. The crowd of 20,341 gave the AL Championship Series MVP a standing ovation, and the right-hander got back on track by getting Dustin Pedroia to ground into a double play.

Garza (2-2) threw 75 of his 108 pitches for strikes, walked one and struck out 10.


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