Clayton Kershaw (5-2) allowed a run and five hits over 7 1/3 innings, striking out nine and walking four.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said earlier this week he hadn't discussed a possible disabled list stint with Gonzalez. Those three runs were enough to secure the a win for the Dodgers, as the Padres were nearly completely ineffective against 2011 SBNation NL Cy Young Award co-winner Clayton Kershaw.
Taylor's RBI single in the eighth scored Yasiel Puig after his second hit, extending the Dodgers' edge to 4-2. "I wanted to get through the eighth, but didn't get the job done". Gutierrez scored when an attempted pickoff throw from catcher Austin Hedges hit the left fielder in the back and rolled down the line.
The Dodgers gave Kershaw the lead with three runs in the fourth inning, and tacked on two more when Kiké Hernandez hit a two-run double with the bases loaded in the top of the fifth. Bellinger is scorching hot at the plate, posting five homers with 14 RBI in 11 games since his recall from Triple-A Oklahoma City on April 25.
NOTES: The first names on both batteries Saturday night were Clayton and Austin.
Toles tried once to put a bunt down with runners at first and second in the seventh inning with the Dodgers trailing by one and Corey Seager and Justin Turner lined up behind him.
Said Padres manager Andy Green: "I've been aware of him for quite some time now and he took some very good swings today".
Richard worked five innings and allowed five runs on seven hits and six walks.
Maeda struck out six straight in the second and third innings and finished with eight Ks in five-plus innings.
The Padres opened the game with back-to-back singles by rookie Manuel Margot and Cory Spangenberg. Two walks later, Diaz left a meatball hanging up in the zone on an 0-and-2 count to Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger. Close to an inch of rain is forecast and temperatures are expected to be 15-20 degrees below normal. Entering Saturday night's game, Dodgers' LHP Clayton Kershaw had 44 strikeouts while issuing only three walks.
Sergio Romo (1-1) got the final two outs of the sixth with the bases loaded for his first victory with the Dodgers. LHP Rich Hill (blister) will throw a minor-league rehab assignment on Tuesday and then could rejoin the rotation. That included putting Adrian Gonzalez on the disabled list for the first time.