SAN DIEGO (AP) — Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning that a frustrated Tony Gwynn Jr. got his glove on as it sailed over the wall, sending the surging Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-3 win over the NL West-leading San Diego Padres on Friday night.
Gwynn leaped at the center-field wall to take a stab at Kemp's fly ball, but it hit off the end of his glove and went over. After he came back down, Gwynn punched the padded wall with his right fist.
The Dodgers won their fifth straight while the Padres had their three-game winning streak snapped.
Kemp's homer off Luke Gregerson (0-1) came with Russell Martin aboard on a double. It was his eighth, ending Gregerson's scoreless streak at 16 1-3 innings.
Andre Ethier had an RBI double among his two hits, to go with two walks, to raise his major league-leading average to .392.
Gregerson inherited a 3-2 lead from Jon Garland, who escaped two bases-loaded jams with minimal damage. Garland, who pitched for the Dodgers for the final month of 2009, was trying for his fifth straight win.
The Dodgers loaded the bases with one out in the second before Garland fielded Ramon Ortiz's bunt to start a 1-2-3 double play.
James Loney opened the inning with a fly ball down the left-field line that was quickly ruled fair by third base umpire Mike Reilly as it bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double. Replays showed the ball landed just foul, and Padres manager Bud Black and left fielder Matt Stairs argued unsuccessfully with Reilly.
Garland allowed four straight singles to open the third, including Manny Ramirez's RBI hit, before getting Loney to pop up and Casey Blake to hit into a double play.
Garland allowed two runs and six hits in six innings, struck out two and walked four.
San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez homered off Ortiz with two outs in the first, his seventh. It came one pitch after Gwynn was thrown out trying to steal second.
After Ramirez's single tied it in the third, the Padres went ahead in the bottom half when Will Venable singled home David Eckstein, whose double ended up in the Dodgers' bullpen down the right-field line.
Los Angeles tied it again in the fifth when Kemp walked and scored on Ethier's double. San Diego took a 3-2 lead on Chase Headley's RBI fielder's choice in the fifth.
Ortiz allowed three runs and six hits in four innings.
NOTES: Actor Ray Liotta, who made an appearance at a news conference Friday on behalf of Stand Up To Cancer, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. He was barefoot, apparently in a nod to his role as Shoeless Joe Jackson in "Field of Dreams." ... Padres RHP Kevin Correia is scheduled to start Saturday against the Dodgers, a week after his younger brother, Trevor, died after falling from a 60-foot cliff while hiking on an island off the Santa Barbara coastline. Correia has been on the bereavement list since Tuesday. ... Dodgers SS Rafael Furcal (left hamstring) wasn't activated from the disabled list as expected. Manager Joe Torre said Furcal tried running from first to third before the game. "What I got out of it was that he just didn't feel sure that he could just turn it loose," Torre said. "He feels down about it, but we can't have him unless he's all the way there because his speed means too much to his game. Again, he didn't re-injure it or anything, it's just not all the way back."