KEY MOMENT: The Dodgers moved back into sole possession of first place in the National League with their second walk-off victory of the season, this one courtesy of a sacrifice fly by A.J. Ellis. Adrian Gonzalez led off the ninth inning with a double to right-center field off Kevin Quackenbush. Matt Kemp struck out, after which the Padres intentionally walked Andre Ethier to set up an inning-ending double play. But Juan Uribe also drew a walk, setting the stage for Ellis. The catcher drove the ball to right field, driving in Gonzalez for the deciding run.
DISCIPLINARY REPORT: Yasiel Puig was ejected by home plate umpire David Rackley in the bottom of the third inning for arguing balls and strikes. The only other time Puig was thrown out of a game was for participating in a brawl against the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 11, 2013. Puig's dismissal resulted in Matt Kemp temporarily moving back to center field. Andre Ethier, who started the game there, replaced Puig in right. Kemp moved from left field to center and Carl Crawford came off the bench to play left. Kemp remained in center field until the ninth inning, when he moved back to left as part of a double switch.
ON THE MOUND: Making his first start since May 14, veteran swingman Paul Maholm was spectacular, limiting the Padres to two hits over six shutout innings. Maholm struck out four and walked none. "He was phenomenal," Ellis said. Brandon League, J.P. Howell and Kenley Jansen each pitched a scoreless inning.
AT THE PLATE: The Dodgers were limited to three hits over eight innings by Padres starter Ian Kennedy, but drew four walks. They couldn't do much with the opportunities against Kennedy, as they were 0 for 4 with men in scoring position and left 12 men on base.
UP NEXT: Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-5, 3.65) will face the Padres and Tyson Ross (7-9, 2.93) at Dodger Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m. PDT. On the air: SportsNet LA. Radio: 570, 1020 (Spanish).Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times