The mound felt familiar to Edinson Volquez even if the visitor's dugout didn't.
The Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander started his first game against the San Diego Padres since they released him on Aug. 25.
Volquez pitched well. The Padres' Robbie Erlin pitched better.
Erlin allowed four hits over 7 2-3 innings and fellow rookie Jedd Gyorko hit his 20th homer to lead the Padres to a 2-0 victory over the NL West champion Dodgers on Friday night.
''After the first inning, I was kind of all over the place,'' Volquez (9-12) said. ''Then I made an adjustment and the last couple of innings it started to get in line and I pitched better.
''The other pitcher pitched pretty good, too.''
Volquez went 6 1-3 innings, allowing one earned run and six hits with six strikeouts. He walked four.
''I'm really happy with how he pitched,'' Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. ''Just keep playing because you don't know what's going to happen in the next eight days.''
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