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This is Padilla the Dodgers need

Backed by a powerful offense, right-hander starts strong and does his job in 10-8 win

Updated: April 17, 2010, 2:32 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers finally got what they needed from Vicente Padilla on Friday night, and it couldn't have come at a better time with three relievers unavailable because of their recent heavy work loads.

After struggling in each of his first two starts, Padilla was superb, pitching the Dodgers to a 10-8 victory over the San Francisco Giants before 49,319 at Dodger Stadium.

Padilla retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced, giving up only a leadoff walk to Aubrey Huff in the ...

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