The Padres overcame the early loss of Clayton Richard Friday night to defeat left-handed Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for the third time this season before 31,844 at Petco Park.

Richard, the Padres starting pitcher, departed the game after just two pitches with pain in the A.C. joint in his left shoulder and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday morning.

But long relievers Tim Stauffer and Tyson Ross held the Dodgers to one run on six hits over seven inning while the Padres scored three times against Kershaw in the third to break a 1-1 tie en route to a 5-2 victory.

The win was the Padres eighth straight at Petco Park and ninth overall in the club’s last 11 games. Coupled with the Giants loss to Miami, the win moved the Padres into second in the National League West for the first time this season.

Chris Denorfia tied the game in the bottom of the first with his second homer of the season against Kershaw. The solo shot came after the Dodgers scored against emergency reliever Stauffer in the top of the first.

"Deno's homer gave us momentum," said Black. "It put a good feeling in the dugout."

"That homer re-energized us," said Chase Headley, who put the Padres ahead to stay with a two-out triple in the third. "To get that equalizer right away was a big momentum shift."

After Headley's triple, Kyle Blanks followed with a run-scoring single to make it 4-1. Denorfia drove home the fifth run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Kershaw entered the game with the second-lowest earned run average in the major leagues (1.84).

Although he is 5-2 with a 1.59 ERA in 96 innings against everyone else this season, he is 0-3 with a 4.67 ERA against the Padres. Five of the six home runs allowed by Kershaw this season have come against the Padres in 17 1/3 innings.

"I think we're just throwing the whole lineup at him," said Headley. "We're having good at-bats up and down the lineup and that's what it takes to beat someone that good."

Said Denorfia: "Like we've been saying all week, we are really just picking each other up lately. Today our bullpen stepped in and gave us nine innings."

The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the wake of Richard’s stunning departure. After throwing two pitches at 86-mph, Richard walked off the mound in pain.

Stauffer took over and gave up back-to-back singles to the first two hitters he faced – Mark Ellis and Yasiel Puig. Ellis scored on a bases-loaded grounder to third by Juan Uribe. But that was the last run the Dodgers scored until the eighth.

Stauffer allowed the one run on four hits and two walks over four innings and was credited with the win. Ross, the other long reliever in the Padres bullpen, allowed no runs on two hits and two walks in three innings. The Padres defense came to Ross’s aid by turning double plays in the sixth and seventh innings.