LOS ANGELES (AP) – Mike Cameron, Todd Walker and Adrian Gonzalez each hit two-run homers during an eight-run outburst in the third inning Saturday night and the San Diego Padres beat the Dodgers 11-2 to trim Los Angeles’ NL West lead back to one-half game.

Gonzalez also had a two-run double, and Cameron an RBI single in the opening inning against rookie Chad Billingsley (5-4).

Billingsley, who hadn’t pitched since Aug. 27 because of a strained oblique muscle, lasted just one inning. He needed 40 pitches to get through it and gave up three runs and three hits with two walks.

Woody Williams (9-5) held the Dodgers to one run and five hits in six innings, with two walks and four strikeouts. He improved to 5-1 with a no-decision in his last seven starts.

Rafael Furcal hit a leadoff homer in the first for Los Angeles but the Padres jumped on relievers Eric Stults and Tim Hamulack in the third to build a 10-run lead.

Stults gave up four runs, including Cameron’s 20th homer. Hamulack gave up Walker’s eighth homer and Gonzalez’s 22nd.

Sixteen of the first 23 Padres batters reached base, including Brian Giles three times. He walked in the first inning, his 1,000th career walk, then doubled in the second and third innings.

The victory, the Padres’ 12th in 16 games against Los Angeles this season and their sixth in seven games at Dodger Stadium, kept them 11/2 games ahead of Philadelphia in the NL wild-card race.

Furcal’s homer, his 13th, was his fifth this season leading off a game, and the 17th time he’s done it in his career. He became the fourth leadoff hitter in franchise history to hit five or more in a season, joining Carl Furillo (1951), Davey Lopes (1979, 1980), and Todd Hollandsworth (2000).

San Diego finished with 13 hits one night after Greg Maddux and two relievers combined on a two-hitter in Los Angeles’ 3-1 victory in the opener of the four-game set.

Brian Sweeney pitched three innings for his second save in three chances. He yielded one run and three hits.

Notes: Los Angeles 1B Nomar Garciaparra, who strained his left quad running to first base in the sixth inning of the series-opening win, didn’t play in the second game and is listed as day to day. … San Diego RHP Doug Brocail is expected to be sidelined for the rest of the regular season with a strained left hamstring. The reliever was hurt running to cover first base in the seventh inning of Friday’s game. He is 2-2 with a 4.76 ERA. … Padres LHP David Wells, who felt pain in his right ankle while pitching the series opener, isn’t expected to miss his next start despite the soreness. Wells, 43, returned to San Diego on Saturday to have the ankle re-examined. He initially hurt it running the bases on Sept. 3, his first start after the Padres acquired him.

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