Headley quietly having strong season

Headley quietly having strong season

LOS ANGELES -- Lost in the Padres' shuffle on Wednesday of Adrian Gonzalez's six RBIs Will Venable's attempt at the cycle was Chase Headley.

Headley, batting .292 with three home runs and 16 RBIs, hit the second leg of back-to-back home runs with Gonzalez in the Padres' five-run fourth inning in a 10-5 win over the Dodgers. Headley finished 1-for-4 with two walks and has a three-game hitting streak.

On Thursday, Headley received his first day off of the season, 40 games in. Headley said he was actually feeling tired on Wednesday night after the game for the first time this season, but he hadn't told manager Bud Black about it.

"He does a pretty good job of kind of being able to see how guys are feeling," Headley said. "Last night, I was actually pretty tired. That was the first time I was really like, whew. I've played a lot of games in a row, it kind of caught up."

Black also kept Venable, 4-for-5 and a home run shy of the cycle Wednesday night, in the leadoff spot on Thursday night. Black wasn't sure whether Venable, a left-hander, would start against Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw.

"I know I want to be back out there, and I think after my at-bat against [left-hander George Sherrill], it was probably my best at-bat against a lefty this year," Venable said.

Venable drew a full-count walk off Sherrill in his final at-bat of the night, in the ninth inning. Venable is 2-for-12 with one home run and two walks against left-handers this season.