DENVER (AP) - Vicente Padilla gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a shot in the arm and the Colorado Rockies a punch to the gut.
The right-hander who was jettisoned by Texas earlier this month after angering the Rangers by throwing at hitters, returned to the National League on Thursday and pitched the Dodgers past the Rockies 3-2.
Padilla allowed two runs and six hits in five solid innings. He walked one and struck out four.
Rafael Furcal hit the tie-breaking RBI single in the sixth and Matt Kemp hit his career-high 19th homer as the Dodgers put the brakes on the red-hot Rockies by taking two of three in Colorado and opening a four-game lead in the NL West over the Wild-Card leaders.
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