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SD@LAD: Ethier extends his hit streak to 25 games

The hits keep coming for Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier, and there appears to be no end in sight for this April hit parade.

Except the end of April.

Ethier doubled in the fifth inning of Friday's 3-2 victory against the Padres to extend his hitting streak to 25 games, tied for the second-longest streak in Dodgers history with Paul Lo Duca, Willie Davis and Steve Sax.

Davis established the Dodgers' franchise record with a hit in 31 consecutive games in 1969.

How long can the hitting streak continue? Will he break the club record? Nobody knows for sure. Here is what's certain: Ethier, who is batting .396 (38-for-96) during the streak, has plenty of reasons to be proud. He already holds the record for the longest April hitting streak in Major League history.

Will San Diego's Tim Stauffer be the streak stopper? The Padres sure hope so.

Stauffer turned in a solid effort in his last time out, tossing six innings while allowing two runs in a game that went 11 innings. The Padres eventually lost to the Phillies, 4-2, keeping Stauffer winless on the season, but he matched his career high with seven strikeouts.

He's pitched well in his past two starts, earning a no-decision in each.

"I felt pretty good," Stauffer said. "Overall results, I felt pretty good, just a little bit upset with that [sixth] inning there, how it unfolded. After we scored a run, I was hoping to go out there and put up a zero. A couple of hits that found the right places, and an unfortunate finish."

The Dodgers will counter with Hiroki Kuroda, who had a five-run lead with which to work after the first inning, and he made it stand up at Wrigley Field in his last start. When Kuroda's splitter is working, he's tough to beat.

"With five runs in the first inning, it was my responsibility to win this game," said Kuroda, who received only one run of support in his previous start. "I felt that my tenacity pays off. As long as I'm pitching tough, with our offense we have now, we'll win many games."

Padres: Hundley snaps rough stretch
Nick Hundley's third-inning single snapped the Padres' 0-for-15 skid with runners in scoring position. It marked the first time the Padres collected an RBI with a hit with a runner in scoring position since the seventh inning on Monday.

• Padres pitcher Ernesto Frieri had retired 20 consecutive batters until allowing a home run to Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp in the seventh inning on Friday.

Dodgers: Uribe on a roll
Juan Uribe has hit safely in eight of his past nine games and is hitting .448 with two doubles, three home runs and 11 RBIs since April 17.

• Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has been supportive of closer Jonathan Broxton, who picked up his sixth save of the season and first since closing out both games on April 9 at San Diego despite a rough ninth inning on Friday.

Worth noting
The Dodgers have outscored their opponents 18-6 in the first inning this season. They are 11-4 when scoring first. ... Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake is hospitalized after undergoing surgery on his left elbow for a staph infection, and he is expected to be sidelined for six weeks. Dodgers reliever Hong-Chih Kuo wasn't activated from the disabled list Friday, and he will instead continue his Minor League rehab assignment at Class A Rancho Cucamonga.

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