The Los Angeles Dodgers appeared to have few issues without Yasiel Puig in the lineup in their latest game against the San Diego Padres. They might not have too many more if Adrian Gonzalez continues to torment his former team.
Gonzalez will try to add to his homer binge against the Padres while leading Los Angeles to its first road sweep of its NL West rivals in five years Sunday.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday that Puig might be heading to the disabled list after he was forced to leave Friday's series opener with a strained left hamstring. The outfielder was batting .355 with two homers in his eight games before getting hurt.
"I still think it's a possibility. We just don't know," Mattingly told MLB's official website.
Even without Puig, the Dodgers topped the Padres 11-8 on Saturday with Gonzalez putting them ahead for good with a three-run homer in the second inning. The Los Angeles first baseman has hit six of his NL-best seven home runs and has 10 of his 18 RBIs in the five games against his former team.
He's batting .449 (22 for 49) with eight homers in a 11-game hit streak in the series.
Andre Ethier had three hits and three RBIs while filling in for Puig in right field. The Dodgers (11-6) had 13 hits after batting .214 and scoring nine runs in their prior four games.
The Dodgers, 1-5 in their first six road games, will try to hit their way to their first sweep in San Diego since May 14-16, 2010. They haven't swept the Padres in any park since Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2013.
Los Angeles will also try to provide support to Scott Baker in his season debut. The right-hander is being called up as the latest pitcher to start in place of the injured Hyun-Jin Ryu.
The Dodgers signed him to a minor league contract April 3, five days after he was released by the New York Yankees.
Baker is 65-52 with a 4.23 ERA in 170 career starts and was 2-4 with a 5.80 ERA in eight for Texas in 2014.
He will pitch opposite Brandon Morrow (0-0, 3.15) in this matchup. The right-hander gave up five runs in six innings in his latest start Tuesday in Colorado after putting up a 1.29 ERA in his first two for the Padres - both at home - and avoided the loss only when his teammates rallied for a 7-6 win.
Morrow has never faced the Dodgers but Gonzalez has seen him before, going 5 for 14 with two doubles. Carl Crawford, batting .533 in an eight-game hit streak versus San Diego, is just 3 for 18 against him.
Justin Upton, 0 for 6 lifetime against Baker, is batting .349 with 16 RBIs in a 12-game hit streak against the Dodgers and has reached base in 17 in a row. He homered twice and drove in five runs Saturday.
"He has real power. His ability to hit homers to all parts of the park is legit," manager Bud Black said. "He has all-field power."
San Diego (10-9), which has lost four straight overall, has dropped its first series at home since the All-Star break last year. The Padres had been 11-0-1 since then in series at Petco Park.