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Dodgers blast past Padres in 8-4 win

Dodgers blast past Padres in 8-4 win

If some recent games have demonstrated the downside of the Dodgers' dependency on home runs, an 8-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday showed what happens on nights when everything comes together.

Carl Crawford's first-inning home run started a power-hitting exhibition that climaxed in a five-run sixth inning, when Justin Ruggiano, Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Utley launched baseballs over Petco Park's suddenly unimposing walls.

With rookie outfielder Scott Schebler hitting the first homer of his career, the Dodgers blasted a season-high five home runs that produced seven of their runs.

In doing so, the first-place Dodgers extended their lead to a season-high 7 1/2...

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