The Padres are lucky to not have to face Clayton Kershaw during their series against the Dodgers this weekend. But on Saturday, they'll have to take on the only other pitcher who's thrown a no-hitter this season in Josh Beckett, who leads the Dodgers in ERA (2.49) ahead of bigger names such as Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
Since shutting down the Phillies last month, Beckett has continued his impressive comeback season, allowing seven earned runs in 24 innings across his last four outings. He's taken the loss in three of those, however, due to a lack of run support.
In his last time out, both the Dodgers' offense and defense failed him, as a key error in the seventh inning contributed to two runs scoring in a 6-3 loss to Arizona. Beckett allowed four runs (three earned) and five hits with no walks and six strikeouts in seven innings.
"Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong," said Beckett after the game, clearly frustrated.
After a 6-5 walk-off win over Los Angeles on Friday night, San Diego has a chance to win its first home series against the Dodgers since September 2010. The Padres will lean on Tyson Ross to accomplish that feat and help them creep in from the outskirts of the National League playoff race.
Going into Saturday, Los Angeles leads the Wild-Card race, half a game ahead of the Cardinals. The Padres are seven games behind St. Louis for the second spot.
Ross pitched for the Padres in their only other series against Los Angeles this season, giving up four runs (three earned) in five innings while striking out seven and walking four. He was battling from behind the entire game after letting three score in the first inning before eventually taking the loss.
Two out of Ross' last three starts have proved equally trying, as the right-hander has allowed five earned runs before getting removed in the sixth inning. Between those two outings, though, was a seven-inning shutout gem that's more reflective of his emergence this year as San Diego's No. 2 starter behind ace Andrew Cashner.
Padres: Headley scratched from lineup, receives epidural
Third baseman Chase Headley had an epidural Friday to relieve pain caused by a herniated disc, Padres general manager Josh Byrnes confirmed to MLB.com.
Headley had been in the original lineup posted by Padres manager Bud Black, but was scratched four hours before first pitch.
"Chase has been bothered by a sore back. He's been playing through it. He's able to play. From the first day of Spring Training, players get banged up," Black said. "We'll see where this goes the next couple of days. It's been affecting a little bit of his lower half as well."
Black indicated, however, that Headley likely wouldn't need to be put on the disabled list. That's good news for a team that's already missing half of its starting infield with injuries, as first baseman Yonder Alonso was placed on the DL with right wrist tendinitis on Thursday to join second baseman Jedd Gyorko (plantar fasciitis, left foot).
Dodgers: Ailing infield sees healing progress
Justin Turner was in the lineup Friday for the first time in a week, providing relief to an infield that has endured several setbacks to its left side over the past month.
Batting in the No. 7 spot, Turner ended up going 1-for-3 with a double before he was replaced defensively in the sixth inning by Miguel Rojas.
Entering Friday, Turner had an impressive slash line of .417/.475/.528 in June and had reached base in 18 of 21 games since May 22. His return once again gives the club a consistent option at third base in the absence of Juan Uribe, who is currently rehabbing a strained hamstring at Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. Uribe went 2-for-4 as a designated hitter Thursday night for the Quakes and was scheduled to play in the field Friday and Saturday.
"We've gotta get him in back-to-back [games] playing the field. So we'll see how that goes and make a decision after that," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "He could be here [on Sunday]."
• Yasiel Puig left Friday's game with a mild left hip muscle strain. His status for Saturday is unknown.
• After hitting two solo home runs on Friday against Dan Haren, Seth Smith is 6-for-10 against Los Angeles this season with four homers -- half of his season total.
Will Laws is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.