SAN DIEGO (AP) — Josh Beckett pitched seven strong innings, and Hanley Ramirez drove in two runs to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Saturday night.
Los Angeles, which collapsed in the ninth inning of a loss on Friday night, has won six of eight and nine of 12.
Beckett (5-4), in his first start against San Diego this year, allowed four hits and two walks. No Padres reached second base, and San Diego never had more than one runner on base at a time against Beckett.
Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 21st save in 24 chances, one night after allowing three runs for the loss.
Tyson Ross (6-7) worked seven innings and took the loss for San Diego.
Beckett continued his stellar work against NL West teams, tying a season-high with eight strikeouts and lowering his ERA to 1.40 against divisional foes.
The Padres avoided their 12th shutout when Tommy Medica singled in Cameron Maybin in the eighth inning. San Diego got within 4-2 when Rene Rivera followed with an RBI single.
But Jake Goebbert grounded out with the tying runs on base.
San Diego was trying to extend its winning streak to a season-high four games.
Ross delivered a solid effort in his first start since walking seven in a loss at Seattle. He allowed three runs, two earned, and six hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
Ross was again done in by the Padres' weak offense, which failed to score him a run for the fourth straight outing. In five of Ross' last seven starts, the Padres have produced nothing offensively.
Beckett kept the Padres baffled with an assortment of offspeed pitches. He improved to 6-2 in nine career starts against him.
The Dodgers took a 4-0 edge in the eighth inning on Adrian Gonzalez's run-scoring single.
Ramirez put the Dodgers ahead 3-0 in the fifth inning. He lined a single to left to extend his hitting streak to nine games and score Justin Turner. With runners on the corners, Ross retired Yasiel Puig on a grounder to shortstop.
The Dodgers broke the scoreless tie in the third on Dee Gordon's single, which scored Drew Butera after he opened the inning with a single. Gordon then stole his 39th base on the season and took third on second baseman Jace Peterson's error.
Matt Kemp's sacrifice fly scored Gordon to give the Dodgers had a 2-0 lead.
Kemp's hitting streak reached nine games when he singled in the sixth.
NOTES: Puig was in the starting lineup after leaving Friday's game with a strained left hip muscle. ... INF Juan Uribe (strained right hamstring) could rejoin the team for Sunday's series finale. . Padres 3B Chase Headley (back) is expected to avoid the DL. With Headley sidelined, Rivera is taking ground balls at third. ... Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (8-3, 3.13) faces Padres LHP Eric Stults (2-9, 5.76) on Sunday.